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  • 1. Looking  back  at  your  preliminary  task,  what   do  you  feel  you  have  learnt  in  the  progression   from  it  to  the  full  product?    
  • 2. My  Preliminary  Task  
  • 3. For  my  preliminary  task,  I  had  to  produce  a  front  cover   and  contents  page  for  a  sixth  form  magazine,  therefore   my  target  audience  were  students  and  my  secondary   audience  were  friends  and  family  of  students.     The  magazine  genre  contrasts  greatly  with  my  final   product  of  a  music  magazine  but  the  same  aspects  were   to  be  thought  about,  therefore  I  found  it  extremely  useful   making  a  sixth  form  magazine  as  I  understood  basic   codes  and  conventions  which  are  present  over  all  genres   of  magazines.     Analysing  the  sixth  form  magazine  [click  here  to  see  my   annotations]  which  I  had  made  also  helped  me  to  further   understand  how  to  represent  genre  and  how  to  attract   my  target  audience.      
  • 4. Front  Cover  
  • 5. Front  Cover   I  think  that  I  improved  on  my  skills  to  develop  a   successful  front  page  for  a  magazine,  as  my   music  magazine  looks  more  professional  and   includes  many  more  codes  and  conventions  than   my  sixth  form  magazine.     Firstly,  I  have  included  puffs  on  my  final  product   which  stand  out  and  can  be  identified  easily  by   the  reader.  Puffs  boast  about  other  content  of  the   magazine  therefore  may  attract  a  larger   audience.  Also,  I  have  used  both  a  tagline  which   is  in  the  position  of  a  skyline  and  also  another   runner  across  the  bottom  of  my  magazine  which   gives  it  an  overall  more  professional  look.     The  fonts  stand  out  more  on  my  final  product,  as   the  serif  font  used  on  my  sixth  form  magazine  is   rather  hard  to  read  from  a  distance.  
  • 6. Front  Cover   However,  I  have  incorporated  some  codes  and   conventions  from  my  preliminary  task  onto  my   music  magazine  (final  product).   Firstly,  I  like  the  used  of  superimposition  of  the   model  in  front  of  the  text  on  my  sixth  form   magazine,  therefore  I  used  the  same  technique  on   my  final  magazine,  since  this  suggests  that  the   magazine  can  be  easily  identified  through  other   aspects  such  as  the  house  style.     Also,  I  have  used  a  similar  layout,  with  the  cover   lines  and  various  other  text  positioned  around  the   model,  with  the  most  important  anchorage  text  on   the  left  hand  side,  since  the  reader  will  tend  to   read  from  left  to  right.     Codes  such  as  the  date  were  important  to  include   on  both  products  also,  because  it  is  vital   information  for  the  reader  buying  the  publication.  
  • 7. Contents  Page  
  • 8. Contents  Page   I  think  that  my  contents  page  has  improved   massively  in  comparison  even  with  my  front  cover.   I  much  prefer  the  layout  that  I  have  used  on  my   music  magazine,  and  think  that  it  fits  well  with  the   genre,  and  also  with  placement  of  images  and  text.   As  well,  the  masthead  is  larger  and  stands  out   more,  making  it  obvious  that  it  is  a  contents  page,   where  as  in  my  preliminary  task,  the  ‘contents’  title   is  rather  small  and  barely  noticeable.     I  have  included  a  greater  number  of  codes  and   conventions  on  my  final  magazine  such  as  an   editors  letter  and  ‘subscribe  now’  puff.  In  other   words,  I  have  addressed  my  target  audience  more   efficiently  on  my  music  magazine  contents  page   than  on  my  preliminary  task.  
  • 9. Overall,  I  think  that  carrying  out  the  production  of  my  preliminary   task  helped  me  a  lot  when  thinking  about  my  final  product.     I  feel  that  my  photography  skills  have  improved  greatly  from  my   preliminary  task,  since  the  main  image  on  my  sixth  form  magazine   is  in  an  unconventional  position,  where  as  the  artist  is  facing  the   front  with  direct  mode  of  address  on  my  music  magazine.   Furthermore,  my  knowledge  and  skills  in  Photoshop  had  improved   when  creating  my  final  AS  product  as  I  used  more  effects  and  tools.   For  example,  on  all  three  pages  of  my  final  magazine  product,  I   used  transparent  boxes  and  puffs,  which  I  created  with  different   shapes  on  Photoshop  .  My  preliminary  task  looks  very   unprofessional  in  comparison  therefore.   Another  aspect  which  I  feel  that  I  have  portrayed  better  on  my   music  magazine  is  the  consistency  of  the  house  style,  as  there  is  a   very  dominant  colour  scheme  made  up  of  red,  purple  and  black  and   white.  The  magazine  logo  ‘NG’  is  also  apparent  throughout  my   magazine  and  shown  in  the  corner  on  each  page,  establishing  a   identification.    
  • 10. Double-­‐Page  Spread   Although  creating  a  double-­‐paged  spread  was  not  part  of  my  preliminary  task,  it  helped   me  when  creating  one  for  my  music  magazine,  since  I  learnt  about  how  different  genres   of  magazines  have  different  lexicons  of  words.  Therefore,  the  article  on  my  DPS  relates   to  the  genre  and  target  audience,  including  ‘sh*t’  which  appeals  to  an  older  audience   only.  Creating  a  sixth  form,  preliminary  magazine  also  allowed  me  to  develop  a   narrative,  to  the  extent  of  writing  a  whole  article  on  the  basis  of  one.