Bisma Akhtar AS Media Studies Coursework Print Production (Unit G3231)
Front cover analysis
black/dark background looks like stone/ like the title ROCZINE shows the date released/volume/issue main image is slanted and there are 5 people in it 4 guys with black clothes are at the back and a girl with white dress is at the front- this suggest she could be the lead singer the slogan says 'The Midwest only underground rock magazine' the word ONLY makes the magazine sound important to its niche audience (people from Midwest) tattoo's suggest typical rock star
Bad points the text is not clear, it doesn't stand out- needs to be more e.g bold, brighter colour This magazine is a rock genre- you see this because of the images use, the people in the main image look bored/moody and it is aimed at both genders. the sell lines are different colours; red, orange, yellow, green.. not colour co-ordinated its is the first issue of the magazine but it is not attracting the reader much and the main article is not clear, you cant tell which is the main article doesn't have barcode, price no freebies it doesnt say what page the articles are on
main image takes over the whole front cover, with all the writing on top of it, exept the title- attracts 'my chemical romance' fans main image at a low angle looking up a the person wearing black clothes n and looks like he is on stage because of the lights behind him. the image looks as if it was taken from a live show title is in capitals and red- makes it stand out from the black background and it says something under it - possibly the sell line in grey white and red writing with block this tells us what else is inside so people find it interesting and buy it small images look like photo's that are stuck onto the magazine - it grabs the audience's attention as it looks like its a new photo on top of the title there is a sell line that says 'superstars of rock issue' and has stars on the sides- it looks like a logo and apeals to aspirers and looks like the photographer was in the front row of the audience- this makes readers feel as if they themselves are in the concert and attract them more the photographer looks like he is in the front row of the crowd and makes the readers feel as if they themselves are in the concert and might buy the magazine especially if they like live concert
This magazine is a metal rock magazine and you can see this because the colour scheme is mainly black with red. The logo of the magazine is big and red and in capitals this shows how important it is and makes it stand out.. However the main image is on top of the title, this shows that its is recognisable even if you can’t see part of it. There is a graphic feature- a yellow circle that says ‘WORLD EXCLUSIVE’ the yellow colour is in contrast to the black writing and makes it stand out more and ‘world exclusive’ sounds like this is an important issue because it relates to the whole world. The main headline/buzz word ‘’the black parade is dead’ is familiar to My Chemical Romance fans as it is the name of their album and there is the band name and main picture next to it in case people are not familiar. The sell line ‘THE SECRET LIFE OF PATRICK STUMP’ sound appealing especially to his fans as they want to know his secret life and what he does. this magazine looks as if its main target audience are 16-29 year old males because of the images and conventions. e.g’stadium busters’ The magazine also includes a free CD with it which is a common merchandise that is given away in music magazines. The sell lines/ names of the bands inside the issue are bold white and red and on red or white solid blocks. (anchorage text) There is a barcode, price, issue, date released The only bad point for this front cover is that there is a lot of empty space on the bottom left.
Conventions in music magazine:-title- the word ‘KERRANG!’ represents loud music/sound, the explanation mark emphasises it and the title looks as if it is cracked from the loudness.
-the main image has to layers; one guy with the white hood is at the front and in front of the title too. And two guys wearing black at the back, behind the title. Shows that the guy in white is important and the main person- the white hood goes with the main heading and background colour of the logo.
-price, barcode, issue at the bottom right side.
-main headline name of the band featuring in the main image, then a puff ‘unfold the puzzle of life..’ this makes people want to read the magazine and on his hand there is some writing this looks like he was figuring out something( puzzle) looks a but mysterious too.
3 small images to show reader what is inside the magazine/what its about
‘ PLUS!’- attracts the reader because its big and bold and is eye-catching. it shows other features inside the magazine
-at the top there is some white text in black background telling us about the magazine and what is inside
-The title is in a unusual font and its ‘RockHard’ some letters point left and it looks like sharp nails/knives. (violent ) so this is heavy rock/metal magazine. Its Red with white and black outer glow and its slightly curved. it is eye catching and draws people in as it’s the only red thing there.
- The people in the main image are giving strong poses tells us that they are important and high ranked rockstars.
-the main image is of four people with crazy hair painted faces, this is a unique fashion style representing experienced rock stars, you can tell they are experienced rockstars because they look very confident and their image is kind of like classic rock style.
This can give the audience various views on the rock band, some may think it is cool and unique and others might think it is stupid and disgusting.
There is no barcode,price,issue number- this could be a one-off magazine or it could be free with some product
-main heading is orange/yellow ‘KISS we love them loud’ – links with the image and title of magazine as they all represent loud rock music.
- list of other artists are below the main heading
Only one puff on the side
-The title of this magazine is really eye catching, bright and bold. In the ‘E’ there is the website of the magazine, this is good because people can get updates on their favourite bands.
-there is a graphic feature- the name of the band in the main image.
The main image is on top of the title and it’s a picture of five guys with similar style, they are all wearing a black top- shows they are in control. kind of same colour scheme as the background.
- the sell lines are not lined up together
Includes free posters
Has barcode, price
-buzz word' EXTREME’
-the magazine represents hard rock and metal because it says this under ‘EXTREME’
Analysis of a similar magazine
name- MOJO- the title is big, black, bold and clear. There is a main image covering half of the letters
Connotations of title- MOJO sounds like a classical rock name or a name of an animal (monkey) its also is eye catching because it is black and the background is grey.
Target audience- images in front cover suggest that its target audience is aged 20-around 40 because the images are of middle aged people.
Publishers- the magazine is published by Bauer and is sold in corner shops
How long has it been running- since 1993
How often is it published- monthly
Typical features – some information on bands, in nearly all their magazines they give free CD
Promotional strategies-it has a free CD with this issue, a website where you can order past issues if you have missed them, buy other items on their websites such as tickets, t-shirts etc.. You can also sign up to their newsletter
Questionnaire This is a questionnaire i gave to 13 people
Questionnaire results 1.What is your gender? Male  Female 2.how old are you? 15-17  18-20  21+  3.what genre of music do you prefer? Hip- Hop  RnB  Rock  Pop  Other_______________ As seen from the graphs, there are more Males who took the questionnaire. There are more people aged 15-17 compared to 18-20 and none were 21+ More people prefer Rock music
4.do you buy music magazines? Yes  No If yes, which ones? MOJO  NME HIPHOP Rolling stones  Other_______________ 5. how much are you willing to pay for a music magazine? (pounds) 1-2  2-3 3-4 4+  Only a few people buy music magazines NME is the popular music magazine my target audience buy Most people will prefer to pay 1-2 pounds
6.what kind of features would you like to see in a music magazine? Fashion/trends  Gadgets  Gossip/interviews  Photo’s  Events/concerts  Other_______________ 7. What Freebies would you like to get in a music magazine? CD  Jewellery  t-shirt  posters wrist bands 8. would you take part in any competitions? Yes  No Most people would like to see Gossip/interviews in their magazine and only 1 person will like to see gadgets. T-shirts and CD’s are what most people wanted as Freebies. Lots of people want to take part in competitions
9. What are your hobbies? ( you can tick more than one) Sport  Listening to music  Reading/drawing/painting  Computer games  Shopping  Other___________ 10. Do you spend a lot of time on the internet? if yes which websites? Yes  No  MySpace Face book  Freeonlinegames  Bebo  Flixter Other_________ Most people’s hobby is listening to music A lot of my target audience spend time on the internet , mostly Face book and MySpace
11. Do you ever go to concerts? Yes  Frequently  Rarely  Sometimes  No  12. Did you enjoy filling out this questionnaire? Yes  No  Majority of the people don't go to concerts Most of them enjoyed filling in the questionnaire.
Sketches of front covers (on MS Paint) These are some sketches I did of my front cover so I could see which design/ arrangement my magazine front cover should be. In the end I decided to do one like the second design because it had lots of conventions of a real magazine and I liked the idea.
contents page sketches
main article sketches
Possible titles Silicon Steel mercury BlueBerrie BlueBerry Whilbar W KNUCKLEBACK iSANITY Rocco
Organisation of actors,locations,costumes or props For my main image and article I wanted to do a indie rock band so I decided to take pictures of a band together playing music and just posing for the camera. i first wrote down what I needed, then I wrote who would fit into it. I asked two people for each role so just in case one doesn’t show up I have a back up. I gave them all a slip for them to remember where and when it is
Pictures I took other people i used for contents page
main article people
contents page people
Drafts of main article/interview questions and answers
random photo's of sketches and slips
first draft of my magazine cover... I didn't like this one because I wanted a group of four in the main article.
second draft of front cover
Screen Shot (we used Photoshop for editing)
fnished product looked like this... i changed the main image and added some outer glow to the sell lines, i also moved some things and added some things. 'free poster inside!' group of four Sellines Includes: TOOLBOX POST RATED GENE BILLARD SKYE FURY CODED main article website title date/issue no. '10 YEARS OF ROCK AND INDIE' price puff/question- 'are cc riot back to rock you..or rob you?' *this is my final front cover- this image is blurry because I previewed image then print screen