Holly Boyd AS media evaluationPresentation Transcript
Evaluation..By Holly Boyd In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products. My media products use, develop and challenge the forms and convections of real media products. I did this by paying attention to detail in different R’n’Bmagazines and using some of there ideas in my products that I produced. I also challenged the forms and conventions by using the ideas off other magazines but displaying them in a different way. Overall in my media projectsIused conventional methods to present my work but in some of my workIdid try and use unconventional methods to see what it would look like. For instance in my final contents page I used ideas off another contents page to make my contents page look conventional. I used pictures and slogans on the page to explain to the audience what was inside the magazine. I placed the information on the right hand side because it looks conventional. In my other projects that I have made I have used some in conventional methods to display my magazine.
2. How does your media product represent particular social groups? The social groups represented in my magazine are a range of social groups, because my magazine has an average age range from around 16-25, there are social groups such as college students, younger workers, university students. I think my magazine represents these types of people as it is not a childish magazine, it has appropriate colours, so that it does not look messy, the images I have used are not ones thatIdid not think about first, I planned them in a way that they looked professional then edited them to make them look more realistic.
3.What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? The distribution of my magazine is totally based on the genre and as my magazine is aR’n’B magazine, there is not really a broad market that will be content in distributing my magazine. I believe this asR’n’B itself is constantly under scrutiny and is deemed as materialistic as well as misogynistic. However my magazine promotes a sense of fun, and passion towards music therefore, I feel that institutions like urban music channels e.g. MTV Base and Channel U, music stores e.g. Zavvi, HMV, newsagents and urban clothes stores will be contented to distribute my magazine.
4. Who would be the audience for your media product? When producing my media product I was aiming to advertise my products at anyone who is interested in R’n’B music. I didn’t plan to target any gender in particular because I didn’t want to only attract one type of gender because that would restrict who would buy my magazine if I were to publish it. I made sure that I didn’t only attract one type of gender by using both male and female pictures in the magazine also I used male and female news in my magazine and I also used male and female bands/artists in the magazine.
5. How did you attract/address your audience? The initial attraction to the magazine is one which is used by all magazines, it is using huge images, block writing and high attracting colours. My magazine uses colours like white and red together as they stand out to the human eyes, the white and red look good together as they stand out from one another, and the title itself is white against a blue background which stands out from it. The magazine addressed its readers in the same way, using colours, big images and writing etc. However it also made the writing easy to read and in a consistent font to keep the reader entertained, as a different font on each page or section would have clashed with each other.
6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process constructing this product? For the production of my magazine I used the computer program Photoshop. I had never used this program before so had to learn all the basics before I could start production. I found using Photoshop very useful because it has a lot of functions that allows you to manipulate and edit photos to a high standard. I also allows you to add features, for example I embossed my title, whereas other programs do not have these additional features. Using photo shop gives my product a more professional look because I was able to use these features to make it look like any other professionally made magazine.
7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product I believe that I have improved in my ability to communicate with my audience. This had been partly learnt from analyzing many different genres of music magazine, this showed me how actual editors target their audience. I have also learnt many presentational devices that help attract your target audience. For example the use of colours and images. My Photoshop skills have developed vastly this is clearly seen in the progression from my preliminary to actual final magazine. I am now able to crop pictures properly, manipulate images and text, remove unwanted images, objects and effects. Lastly, I have learnt a lot about the conventional aspects of every music genre especially the R’n’B one, as this is my final music magazine genre.