In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? <ul><li>http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_QQAh08yvKgM/Ssrxx4-4L4I/AAAAAAAABFY/iwLck_vzTlY/s320/prodigy+Q.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>One of the codes and conventions I chose to keep where the colours. </li></ul><ul><li>My magazine did not break many codes and conventions but followed them instead. The magazine which went really well with my magazine was the Q magazine because this is also a rock magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>My music magazine challenges some aspects of the music magazine because on my front cover, there are girls but normally you would see more boys on the front cover. However, I have kept the entire rock star theme to it because then it would not be a rock magazine without it. The colours are typical colours, which are associated with the rock genre (red and black). The format and layout of a magazine is still the same I have not changed it. The layout of my article is the same as well because all articles are the same, the writing going down in columns. This was hard for me because I had done my article on Microsoft Word and then I had to transfer the file, which did not work. Therefore I had to copy and paste my entire article section by section, this took a long time for me to do. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, the colours I used at the front cover I used through out my music magazine. I used the colour white to symbolize the innocence of the children on the front page. The colour red was for the passion, which was for rock, and then the black was for darkness, which was associated with the rock genre. I took a lot of time thinking about which colours, I wanted because the colours have a big impact on the magazine. You cannot have a rock magazine with light colours on it as it does not go together. </li></ul>
The top strip I did with a red box behind it so I could make more appealing. It also makes it stand out more so the audience can see it better. The writing I chose was a bold and had a different edge to it as it is not normal type of font you see. The font I used is Kristen ITC the audience would like this because its eye catching and looks separate from the rest of the fonts. I have a original image on the front. The image is of a group of young teenage girls they relate to the audience because they are the same age group. Moreover I made them look like a group as a iconic symbol was used on all their faces the diamond on the eye I coloured each person different inner part to make them look separate but a group at the same time. As you can see the image has the girls all wearing dark clothes, they are even wearing casual dark clothing. Furthermore they do not look like good girls some of the people commented them saying “your image is a very scary” so as you can see many of my audience ready think it is a good image for a rock magazine. Because on a rock magazine you do not have a simple images you have the people doing crazy and outrageous things. The shot of the image is a high shot this makes the audience feel superior and this is rarely shown because normally you see it the opposite way around. I added a glow to the image as it was looking dull in front of the black background. So to make it stand out I added a white glow which also emphasizes the fact they are a group. The item I used to link back to rock genre is the guitar it is an electric guitar and many artists use such instruments.
The cover lines on the left hand side have a distinct symbol as I have used a star for a bullet point. The colours I used for this was a red star behind a white background to make it noticeable. I had opposite colour changing lines to make it dissimilar and it would help the audience make it obvious. The font I used was a bold outline with a different inner fill. I said that I would have the cover lines slanted but that made it look very informal and covered the image to much. So I moved it back to its original place, to the left side. The Syke you see on the bottom left hand side is the one of the girls names. This is the girl I have written about. I had the S in black font to split it up and then I had the rest in red font. The font I got is from urban fonts but I changed it after. The effect on the box is a Difference and I made it precise with the spread and noise 100% to make it big. In addition I did not mean for it to be the opposite colours but the effect I used made it like that. So I left it like that because I thought that the audience would find it intriguing and different as you do not normally see boxes with such a effect. There masthead I used is from a font creator urban fonts. I choose to keep first letter altered from the rest as it this is done on another rock magazine. It does not mean anything but U. This makes it seem encaging to the audience as well as interesting. I kept the same font colours even in the masthead to give it a continuous effect to it. The date and price under the masthead is a must have on magazines as it shows when the magazine is issued and how much it costs. The barcode on the bottom right hand side. The pug on the top is a lure to get the audience to pick it up and buy it as they are getting free stuff. Some of the comments I got from my audience were ‘I would buy your magazine because of the pug’ so as you can see the audience would like to have free tickets to follow their favourite band. My main article is backed with a white box to make it prominent because of the image behind it. I titled it in a red font and the rest in a black font to make it seem more clear. I have underlined the word ‘Rocker’ to show that my genre is rock. My bottom strip is with a red box around it like the top strip but I used different font to show the difference in it. As the top strip gives the audience another free item whereas the bottom strip tells them about a feature article inside. The font I used was an outline again with a normal font style Times New Roman but you can not tell that I have used that font ad I have changed the font style so much.
Masthead is in a red font with a white background this makes it understandable and is eye catching. I kept the white background so its brightens up the page slightly. My articles are all in red and white font this is because I wanted to keep my colours and give the audience a nice and easy layout to understand. The fonts I used here are different because I had a outline for the titles with no fill and the rest of the descriptions in a plain white writing I did this because it would be again easier for the audience to follow and recognize the difference in them. I have an image on the right hand side. The reason I have it on this side because it would have looked plain other wise and as you can see I have a glow around it which is the same colours as my top which gives it all a belonging, and the audience can see that it all ties in with each other. This reveals to the audience that rock is not random it has a belonging and purpose. The page number on the bottom right hand side and the date and issue number on the top right hand side. Are all major codes and conventions this helps the audience see what page it is and informs them also what issue this is. I used the stars again as I thought it would help brighten up and show a continuation. Also it makes the page numbers look less dull and makes it more exciting for the audience. You always see on a magazine a features and regulars so I kept that code and convention for the audience as this is what establishes the difference between them.
I kept the masthead the same as the front cover slightly. I did this because it shows continuation. The red writing making the rest of the word makes it stand out. The audience will like it because you do not normally see a whole word with this style so it will be something different.
I have a top ten hit list for the artist which reveals the songs they have released over the past few years. This would interest the audience as it would be something they do not normally see. The images I used for the article pages showed a before and after effect of rock. As you see you have a innocent child in school then a wild rocker chick with tons of makeup and wearing all dark clothing. This will help the audience to see the story lines how it progressed and upon it. You see a glow on each image but to show different things the first image has a glow of white which symbolises innocence whereas the red symbolises the passion for rock and danger.
The overall layout of the article is very easy to read and understands which is good for the audience.
How does your media product represent particular social groups? <ul><li>The social group which I am trying to reach out to is the rock followers. The young teenagers who listen to rock music. My age group for my magazine is 14-19 as rock magazine have expletive language in it. I chose not to have expletive language as some people may find it offensive. </li></ul><ul><li>So alternatively my audience is the teenage market the way I attracted them is I had my main image of similar age group children to form a “band” </li></ul><ul><li>Moreover is that my product is aimed at working class families as many of these music magazines are quite expensive for an average family to buy every time it comes out. So overall the working class families can afford to buy it on a regular basis. </li></ul><ul><li>The social group, which my magazine is in, is for young people, which like rock. I have chosen the rock genre because it was an easy to do because a lot of people in my school are into rock or just listen to rock. In addition, the people who buy rock magazines. The way I attracted my audience was by giving them free tickets to a rock concert. Another way in which I attracted the consumers was by trying to make my cover page as attractive as possible. </li></ul>
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? <ul><li>Well my magazine is similar to Q magazine because of the genre and colour scheme also the type of things you see in the actual Q magazine I have……. </li></ul><ul><li>I would hope that the Bauer media group would distribute my music magazine because my magazine is similar to another magazine they distribute, Q magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>The editor of Q magazine is the same as former Kerrang magazine an this also is published by Bauer media group. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bauermedia.co.uk/Brands/Q/ </li></ul><ul><li>The kind of retail store to distribute my magazine would be WHSmith as they are known for magazines. WHSmith distribute many different genres magazines, many people come to shop and pick p magazines that look appealing to them. </li></ul><ul><li>The rock genre is well known so sales would be profitable and my new magazine would be accepted. </li></ul><ul><li>The only reason that my magazine would not sell would be that there are to many other magazines which cover the same genre as mine. </li></ul>
Who would be the audience for your media product? <ul><li>My magazine is not aimed at any specific type of gender. So I tried to make the music magazine not have to many masculine colours or feminine colours. I stuck with the normal rock genre colours. </li></ul><ul><li>I would have as my audience the people who are into concerts and gigs as I have a free concert tickets, as my pug. </li></ul><ul><li>Also I had a questionnaire sent out so people can tell me what they would like to see in a music magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>Questionnaire. </li></ul><ul><li>1)What gender are you? </li></ul><ul><li>)What would you normally see in a music magazine? </li></ul><ul><li>)How much would you pay for a music magazine? </li></ul><ul><li>)What genre would are you interested in? </li></ul><ul><li>)How many images would you like to see in a music magazine? </li></ul>So as you can see I asked what gender you are and the what genre would you like so I do not make my magazine directly to that gender because I want my music magazine to be read by both genders.
How did you attract/address your audience? <ul><li>I tried my best to make It as attractive to my audience by 1 st of all choosing rock colours the red, black and white. The images I used were also very abstract and imaginative as I had iconic symbol for the characters and group band. </li></ul><ul><li>Furthermore, I had attracted the audience with a free “Concert Tickets” which was one of my pugs. </li></ul>
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? <ul><li>http://www.urbanfonts.com/fonts/Blasphemy.htm </li></ul><ul><li>From this link I chose my font as this was the best website there. The font I chose was not bold and dark. I chose more of a vintage font with a dirty off edge look. The reason I decided to get this font was because I knew that the audience would see that is different and original. </li></ul><ul><li>I learnt many things on Photoshop such as the magnetic lasso which helped me with the images and gave them a clean edge which helped to make them look professional. </li></ul><ul><li>Furthermore I learnt how to make effects and glows on Indesign. It was hard to do at 1 st but finally I got my head around it. </li></ul><ul><li>There was many difficulties I faced such as when I tried to print out my first copy of my nearly done magazine I realised that I had worked all the way up to the line which meant when printed my work was chopped off on the side which made it look very unprofessional. So as I was experimenting I came across a thing called “bleed” which made my work fit to an actual page without me working up to it myself. Also I found out that many magazines do this to make their magazine look more professional as it does not have a whit line around the edges. </li></ul>
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? <ul><li>Looking back at my preliminary task I was ask to just create a front cover and contents page for my school magazine but this time I was asked to create a cover page and contents page also a double spread article. At first when I was told what to do, I was shocked thinking how am I going to do this? However I released that they weren’t asking for much the only extra thing I had to do was to create a double spread article, which was hard, because I had never written one before. What's more was that I had to take more new pictures and this was a big step because I had to create a new look for the students because I had to make them seem as if they were real rock stars. The pictures for my school magazine were easy because all I had to do were to take pictures of my school and of students doing work on the computers. I film poster was not that hard as well because all I really had to for that was take a couple of pictures of adults or students not in their uniform. We had non-uniform within that week so I took that to my advantage and took pictures that day, because everyone was wearing what they wanted. The music magazine was not that different from the rest of the film poster or school magazine because all of them had codes and conventions which you had to follow. You could have changed some things on your magazines to make it personal to you but you still had to have the main things like masthead, cover lines and taglines, which made it easier to do. </li></ul><ul><li>At first I was not good at Photoshop but as time progressed I learnt all that I needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Furthermore I learnt how to set up photo shoots to take good quality pictures. They all had to be done behind a green screen, the reason for this is because is that when you are trying to edit the picture it is much more easier. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition I realised that I wanted to much to be done with my magazine but as I researched about other magazines I thought the things I want done would not be able to fit my genre. </li></ul>