Media evaluation:In what ways does your media products use, develop or challenge conventions ofreal life products?At the beginning of our A2 Media Studies course we were briefed that for the contents ofour coursework we would be required to produce a five minute documentary extract, aforty second radio trailer as well as a double page spread based on my group’s chosentopic. After discussing possible topics we came to the conclusion that our chosen topicwould be the recession and its impact of young people.I was then introduced to the documentary theory ‘documentary modes’ developed byAmerican critic and theorist Bill Nicholas. Nicholas believed that all documentaries fitinto a certain ‘mode,’ or can have different aspects of a mixture of documentary ‘modes’which are poetic, expository, observational, participatory reflexive and performative.Poetic mode aims to stress a specific mood or tone in order to persuade the audience tolean towards the filmmaker’s subjective viewpoint of the subject. Expository mode usesa narrative voice over also known as the ‘voice of God’ to reinforce the views of thefilmmaker in the documentary as it strengthens their argument of the subject,something noteworthy about these two modes is that although they are clearly differentthey work hand in hand together in order to support to view that the filmmaker isattempting to emphasis in their documentary. Observational mode is what the publicwould most associate documentary with as they are used heavily in wildlifedocumentaries. This documentary mode uses the fly on the wall perspective as thefilmmaker cannot interactive with the characters and can only film their actions. Thisdocumentary allows the characters to have a greater sense of power that all overdocumentary modes. Reflexive mode demonstrates consciousness of the process ofreading documentary, and engages actively with the issues of realism andrepresentation, acknowledging the presence of the viewer and the modality judgementsthey arrive at. Participatory mode is another popular documentary mode used innumerous documentaries today and involves the filmmakers moving away from behindthe camera and becoming the subject of the documentary an example of this is MorganSpurlocks ‘Super-size me’ documentary. Performative documentaries stress subjectiveemotional responses through personal, unconventional means in order for the audienceto create their own interpretation of the documentaries events and oftenautobiographical in nature.When applying these documentary modes to my own documentary I believe itpredominately mode my documentary uses throughout is the expository mode. Thereason why I decided to use the expository mode is because it is extremely popular inprofessional documentaries on television and therefore by using a well-knownconvention in our documentary will allow our documentary to mirror previousprofessional documentaries that have used this convention and therefore will creategreater realism for our documentary prompting our target audience to watch our
documentary. The expository allowed the documentary to seem more factual as a resultof the statics as well as dates and figures we included. This documentary mode alsotends to be rhetorical throughout in terms of the way the narrative communicates to theaudience, in order to appeal to their emotions of the recession which overall it proved itby very effective and allows our documentary to have a greater sense of professionalismwhich we ultimately invite our target audience to watch our documentary. However,although we predominately use the expository mode there is an element of poetic modewithin our documentary. My evidence for this is my documentary throughout aimsstress and provides a strong argument that ‘rising tuition fees are unfair.’ In order to ensure that my own documentary would be a success, I began to research and critically analysis professional documentaries. Some examples of documentaries I analysed are Supersize me, Teenager heroine epidemic and Panorama recession crisis. I first documentary I analysed was a documentary that revolves around renowned filmmaker and television producer Morgan Spurlock consuming solely a McDonald’s diet for 30 days. From watching his documentary I discovered a wide variety of codes and conventions, I and felt I could incorporate some of their conventions into my own documentary. From the two images present the similarity isSuper-Size Me Documentary: evident.Firstly the rules of thirds apply to both documentaries. The rule ofthirds is a principlethat an image should be imagined as dividedinto nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines andtwo equally-spaced vertical lines, in order for the image toproportioned equally on the page or in this case thescreen.Another similarity in codes and conventions between mydocumentary and the real life documentary ‘Super-size me’ is thatboth documentaries have their characters looking into ‘dead space’this was crucial to have in our documentary as not only does itcreate realism but it doesn’t make the documentary seem pre- My Documentary:structured and rehearsed which would result in making ourdocumentary look fake and unrealistic.Moreover, from the same images it is also clear at the personawhich they both aim to create. In Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Super-size me’to individual to revealed to be a professor at a university, thedocumentary helps to build this identity as prop use of glasses haveintelligence and sophisticated connation’s helping the audiencebelieve that this man is a university professor. I aimed to displaymise-en-scene in my documentary also and did so in many aspects.Firstly the women’s prop, an ID card immediately makes it evident
that she is a professional in the college and helps reinforce and establish her position inthe documentary as a mentor for young people. The use of the prop which got itsinspiration for ‘Super-size me’ aids in making the women look specialized andprofessional which in turn results in the documentary seeming to appear realistic andbelievable. In addition, the women’s clothes also aid the documentary is appearinggenuine as similar to the gentlemen on ‘super-size me’ they are both clothes for aworking environment which have a sense of authority and expertise which helpsreinforce the idea that the individual being interviewed is a relevant and qualified to beapart and give input and advice in our documentary. Furthermore, the setting also playsa vital role in establishing the believability of the documentary as like the professionaldocumentary my documentary has books, folders and leaflets stationed around myinterviewee. This again assists in making the documentary seem realistic as the use ofbooks in the background aid the interviewee once again to seem professional andqualified to be in this documentary which helps the documentary seem authentic whichwill appeal to our target audience, enticing them to watch our documentary.My Documentary: I also decided to use an establishing shot of the college, I decided to do this as it was a convention I found in all of the documentaries I had critically analyzed and research and seemed only logical to have a familiar convention in my documentary so that the audience can relate this documentary to previous documentaries they had watched. The use of the establishing shot will also help set the scene for my documentary and is useful as it helps My Documentary: breaks the sections between my interviews and voiceovers My documentary has a presenter, I found this a relevant convention to use because when I watched ‘Super-size me’ I found the presenter to be welcoming and friendly. I believed that if my documentary used the same approach it could improve my documentary significantly as the warm, hospitable approach will entice and invite my target audience to watch my documentary which will increase the number of rating my documentary achieves resulting in my documentary becoming a success.
However, one way in which my documentary challengescodes and conventions are that in Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Super–size me’ a hand held camera is used. I decided not use ahand held camera in my documentary for various reasonsfirstly, when I researched why hand held camera are used Idiscovered that they are predominately used to make the audience see the events of thedocumentary through the events of the main character. Or they can be used to revealthe character’s feelings for example fear. Initially I thought of possible ways in which Icould use the hand held camera in my documentary but when reviewing my storyboardand the way I wanted to shoot the documentary I decided it would not be relevant formy documentary and therefore decided to leave it out as I thought it would neitherbenefit or improve my documentary. My Documentary: The most obvious convention to use in my documentary is the interviews. Our interviews were spilt between young people and experienced professionals which is similar to the way ‘Super- size me’ filmed their documentaries as throughout it was a mix between McDonald enthusiast and experienced food expertise. Firstly, a for my research and watching documentaries in my own time it is clear that the mainstream of documentaries have interviews, I felt that this code and convention had to be used and should not be ignored as it may alienation our target audience because without interviews that documentary may seem amateurish and ill thought of. I decided to mirror ‘super-size me’ me interviewing two sets of groups, one group affected by the topic – the recession and the other giving advice on how tocombat and resolve the problem. I decided to shoot the documentary in this way so thatso the target audience can get both sides of the subject. Nevertheless, on way it whichmy documentary’s interviews challenge codes and conventions are that for all of thestudents I interviewed they were all males. If given the opportunity to create anotherdocumentary I would alter this as I believe there should be a mix of both male andfemale students in order to display that this is a problem for all young people regularlyof their gender in order to seem not biased and focuses solely on one side of theargument.
Another convention we used which once again used and developed media codes andconventions was the use of found footage. I decided to use found footage because Ibelieved it to be a useful way of splitting my documentary away from my interviews andpresenter as using solely these two conventions could make my target audience feelbored and they would therefore lose interest in my documentary. However, the use ofthe found footage gives my target audience something new to look at and will maintainmy target audiences’ interest and attention on my documentary. My found footage wasused to give statics and illustrations of the recession; I believe the statics used throughmy found footage will benefit my documentary as these will make my documentaryappear more professional and will therefore draw not only my target audience to watchmy documentary but also others who are interested in watching a professional, wellexplorer topic which are affecting people across the UK.Another convention I used and paid particular interest to when construction mydocumentary was sound. From my research I discovered sound fell into certaincategories such as background music, presenter, voiceover, diegetic and non-diegetic. Idecided to use background music as from the documentaries (Super-size me andTeenager Heroin addiction) I discovered that they both use background music. Thebackground can also benefit the documentary as the type of music used can portray thestyle of the documentary, for example in ‘Teenager Heroin addiction’ the music washeavy and fast paced in order to depict the sinister and evil aspects of drug use. For ourdocumentary we used soft music, we did this particularly in the opening of ourdocumentary as we wanted music that would be appealing to our target audience andinvite them to watch and continue to watch my documentary in addition, my evidencethat soft music will appeal to my target audience is through my questionnaire.I also decided to use special effects in my documentary, I first decided to use specialeffects because I discovered they were used heavily in super-size me and therefore Iwanted my documentary to be just as good as the documentary I am basing it on. Inumerous special effects in my documentary, some examples include a cross dissolve.The cross dissolve allowed me to create a slight gap between interviews, the presenterand voiceover which made sure that my documentary was not just a block of textwithout any gaps which made sure boredom did not occur to the audience.
Magazine Double Page Spread: Thesecond piece of my coursework was to produce a double page spread magazine articlerevolving around my topic- the recession. Once again I researched and criticallyanalysed magazines double page spread articles in order to gain an understanding ofthem. From this I discovered a variety of codes and conventions which I planned toinstrument in my own documentary. The first convention I used in my doublepagespread was the masthead. The masthead is a crucial part of not double page spreads butmany types of publications such as newspapers and leaflet. The masthead acts as a titleand also gives information on the topic it is based on.Another code and convention I used wasthe drop caption, I decided to use this asit was on all of the double page spreads ianalysed and would aid in making mydouble page spread seem more professional.I decided to use a pull quote as once againit was in all of the magazine articles Ianalysed plus it is a way of getting theattention of my target audience as it issomething that is affecting them whichtherefore my appeal and attract them to reader my article.We also used images all of students in a collegeenvironment, I did this because of target audience arepredominately students and will be in a similar collegeas this on and will therefore attract them to read about atopic that is affecting them.
I also decided to display the time; date andchannel the documentary would bebroadcasted. I decided to use this conventionas without it our target audience would notknow when or where to watch ourdocumentary and it therefore crucial to thesuccess of our documentary.Moreover, I used headlines, due to thefact they were in every double pagespread I analysed. This was useful as itgave who give the target audienceinformation on the topic ourdocumentary was about.However, one way in which my magazine double page spread differs from other doublepage spreads is the layout. Coventionally the layout would be a large image that reflectsthe topic on the left hand side of the page and text on the right hand side on the page. Ichose to ignore this covention and have a greater mixture of text and images because Ifelt using only one image would seem ameturish and rushed but using more that onewould show that I had put thoght and effort into it plus, this allowed me to have agreater amount of text on both pages as this is a topic that must have great detail in it asit is a wide and extensive topic.
Radio trailer:Before contruction my radio trailer I watched a variety ofprofessional ones in order to gain an understaning of themand filled out my findings on my ‘radio trail analysis’ grid.Although my topic is aserious one affectingmany people in the UK Idid not want to have agrim voiceover as thiswill be an unattractivequality and may lead toour target audience notwatching our documentary. Therefore I decided to use a calm, relaxed voiceover, as theaudience can recieve all of the information about my documentary and a morecomposed voiceover will seem more appealing and make the radio trailer and thedocumentary seem more professional prompting my target audience to watch thedocumentary which will led to it becoming a success.I also mentioned the time, date and channel of my documentary, due to that fact thatthis is the most common convention used in radio trailers and would therefore onlyseem logical to have it in our radio trailer. This is important to have in our radio traileras without it my target audience would not know when to watch our documentary.Overall, i believe I used numerous codes and coventions of documentary, radio trail anddouble page articles and although at times I also challenged them i still believe this notonly aided but improved my coursework pieces and will lead to them becoming asuccess with my target audience.
How effective is the combination of your main product and ancillarly texts?Along with my television documentary I also produced a radio trailer along with adouble page spread magazine article. The finally two coursework units were contructedto help sell and advertise my television documentary, and therefore it was crucial thatthey blended and worked well together. Our target audience for my documentary ismales and females as the recession will ultimately affected everyone regardless of theirgender. In terms of age I am targeting an age range of 18-25 as this is the age who I feelwill be affected by the rising university tuition fees and rising youth unemployment dueto the recession. My target audience’s social class will be stationed on the C2/D borderline as these are the two classes who will feel the full force of the recession and theaffects that have followed. When discusing lifestyle we discovered through research thatyoung people have an interest in music, going to the gym and cinema. We decided toincorprate some of this in our documentary in order to display the problems our targetaudience are having in managing their fiances and being unable to do the things theyenjoy due to the recession.My radio trailer consisted of our footage from ourdocumentary and both contain similar aspects such asrevealing facts, young peoples and experiencedprofessionals opinions, ways to resolve the recessionand the impact the recession has had on our society e.g.rise in crime, unemployment and tuition fees, it is forthis reason that I believe they link and blend well together as they both convey the samemessage throughout. In addition I also used the same background music and voiceover,this will definitely create a strong relation between the two mediaproducts and helpcreate a musical slogan. Having the same background music and voiceover on bothmedia products will help my target audience remember my documentary due to thebeat they hear on my radio trailer.I decided that my radio trailer should be on radio 4 as from my discussion with mytarget audience through focus groups I discovered that it is a popular radio station withthem. My other evidence that radio 4 would be the ideal radio station to promote myradio trailer is because on average radio 4 capture 10.83 million of our target audienceevery week. Due to the popularity radio 4 has with our target audience I believe thatonce our target audience listens to our radio trailer they will then be enticed to watchour documentary on channel 4.The magazines article on the uses the image of a student, I did this to show the audienceof someone they will expect to see and hear in the documentary. I felt this links thedocumentary well with the magazine article as it directly shows something that the
audience will see when they watch it. However, I felt the magazine double page spread does not appeal to my target audience as much as my radio trailer as it was a lot harder to build a relationship between it and my documentary, something I would change if I had the opportunity to do it again. What have you learnt from your audience feedback? In order to gain feedback on all of my media products I conducted a small scale pilot study through the use of a questionnaire and get it to 20 individuals, and posed the following questions: Feedback for my documentary: The results from this questions show that a large percentage of Were The Sound Levels Consistent the 20 individuals that took part30% in this small scale study pilot felt that the sound levels were Yes consistent. I paid particular No emphasis on this as it was an important part of the documentary. However the remaining 30% felt it was not 70% consistent, this is useful information to know and can aid me if I had the opportunity to create another documentary. From the results it is evident that Can You Hear All Of The Dialogue a large percentage agrees that they can hear the sound dialogue 15% Clearly clearly. I am satisfied with this 85% result as it shows a large majority Yes are pleased with the sound which No I focused on heavily when constructing the documentary.
Does The Documentary Flow? I am very pleased with the results of this question as it evidently shows that my documentary was a success with my target audience which was Yes the purpose of its creation. No 100% Are all Of The Interviews Relevant To The Topic Of TheDocumentary This question shows that a 19% large proportion of the people who completed my questionnaire believed that my Yes interviews were relevant to the No documentary, this was very important to get right because if it were not my documentary could have suffered and may 81% have led to it becoming a failure Does The Music Suit The Documentary11% This was a crucial to achieve as Yes it is a key convention of No documentaries, from the results it is evidence that my 89%
documentary is successful in accomplishing this. This was the most vitalHow Successful Would You Say The question to get a positive result Documentary Is? 60% 20% on due to the fact that this question determined whether 10% 8% my target audience felt my documentary was a success. 2% From the results it is clear my Very Successful documentary was a success Successful and it did appeal to my target OK audience which was the Just About purpose of its creation Not At All The editing was another How Successful Would You Say The crucial convention to master and be performed correctly Editing Is? 89% 15% 10% in order for my documentary to have a Very Successful professional appearance. Successful From the results I feel I achieved this which OK strengths the previous evidence that my documentary was a success
Feedback for my radio trailer: Were The Sound Levels Consistent The sounds levels were a top 31% priority to get correct as the audience can only hear the content on the radio which Yes No was therefore extremely important to get it right in order to make our radio trailer a success, which from 69% the questionnaire results evidently shows we did. How Successful Would You Say The When constructing the Editing Is? radio trailer I paid 75% 15% 10% particular concentration to Very the editing. I did this Successful Successful because from my research into radio trailers I OK discovered that the editing had to be strong in order for the radio trailer to be successful. From the results it is evident that my target audience believed my radio trailer’s editing to be strong which therefore shows that my radio trailer overall was strong and successful. Does The Radio Trailer Flow From the results shown it is evident15% that a large majority of my target audience Yes believed my radio No trailer did flow and evidently demonstrates that 75%
it was a success. Although 15% of my target audience believed it did not flow this is only a small percentage and the 75% outweighs this small minority greatly. This shows that overall my target audience believed my radio trailer was successful in blending and flowing together. From the results shown it How Successful Would You Say The is evidently that in a certain degree my target Radio Trailer Is? audience did believe my radio trailer to be successful however, it is evident that they believe there is room for Very Successful improvement. If given the Successful opportunity to construct OK the radio trailer again I Just About would put my emphasis Not At All on the radio trailer in order to ensure a greater level of a successful rating from my target audience. Feedback for my magazine double page spread:Did The Language Fit The Style Of When researching double page spread articles I The Magazine Article discovered that the language 80% 15% used is very important in attempting the lure and 5% entice your target audience Very Successful to watch your documentary. Successful From the results I believe it OK is evident that my target audience do find the language used suitable which will in turn attract them to watch my documentary as
Does The Images Used Support The Style/Genre Of The Documentary ultimately make it a success. It was very important to stress the genre and the style Yes No of the documentary in the magazine double page spread 95% 5% in order for my target audience to be appealed to watch the documentary and from the results it clearly shows that I achieved this. However, we did receive feedback in ways that we could have improved the use the double page spread through use of images which was ‘using experienced professionals not only young people’ although young people are a main focus point of my documentary it also focuses on experienced professionals also therefore, if given the chance to attempt to reconstruct my double page spread I would add images experienced professionals to strengthen my magazine article and ensure of wider range of my target audience and others audiences watch my documentary. How Successful would you rate the From the results it is clear75% that are large proportion of magazine article my target audience believed20% my magazine double page5% spread was successful in its Very successful message to appeal them to Successful watch the magazine. OK Not at all After Reading The Magazine Article Would You Watch The Documentary From the results it is evident that the majority of my target audience would watch my documentary after reading my Yes No double page spread this was the main purpose of the 98% 2%
creation of the double page spread and clearly demonstrates the it was a overwhelmingsuccess. Although 2% of my target audience would not watch the documentary this isuseful information because I can use their criticism and make sure I do not make thesame mistake again if I have the opportunity to produce another double page spread.Overall this 2% in a small minority and does not have much effect on the overall successof my double page spread.To conclude I believe all the results show that all three of my media products weresuccessful and I have also received constructive criticism which I can use to my benefitif given a chance to produce any or all three of the media products again.How did you use media technologies in the construction and research,planning and evaluation stages?Research and planning was critical in order form my construct a successful televisiondocumentary as well as a radio trailer and double page spread. Although I would lateruse media technologies I began simply using paper and plotting ideas for mydocumentary. I did this through the use of mind maps and by creating a storyboard todepict the events of my documentary. Once my topic was selected and how I would goabout depicting my documentary I began to research my topic. I first began about doingthis by using a variety of newspapers and article websites such as BBC, The Guardian,The Daily telegraph, The Times and The Sunday Times through the use of the internet.These websites were extremely beneficial for our research and planning into therecession and it gave me facts, figures statics as wells as the public’s personal stories onhow the recession has affected them. This allowed me to strengthen my knowledge andoutlook on the recession and equipped me with a variety of information which I thenplanned in incorporating in my documentary.After gaining insightful knowledge on the recession I then turned my eye to televisionchannels in order to establish which television channel would be the most suitable tobroadcast my documentary. I then began going to various television channels andlooking on their documentary channels, I then began to look for any documentaryprogrammes that were similar or were is some way compatible to my topic – therecession. The television channels I researched were BBC One, BBC 2, ITV, Channel 4and BBC Three. I discovered that BBC three was the most suitable and most compatible television channel to broadcast my documentary, I came to this conclusion as all of the documentaries I found on their website and by watching BBC Three documentaries through YouTube and BBC iplayer that their documentaries focus on social issues in our society that are affecting young people, this is the exact genre ofour documentary and therefore I believe this makes it evident that BBCThree was the most suitable choice.
All of the coursework that I or a member of my group had done was then to beuploaded onto Blogger.com; this is where the group first started their journeyinto researching and constructing documentaries, radio trailers and magazine articlesand shows the process we have all made from the beginning. This website was useful asit allowed us all to work together, share ideas and strengthens each other’scoursework. When all our researching and planning was completed we then began to put ourtheory into action by using all of the information we had collected toactually produce the documentary. To film the footage for our documentary we useda Canon HG20 High Definition Camera, this was a very useful and had integratedesign making it was easy to take shots as well as filming our characters. Thecamera allowed us to zoom in and out which was useful when we wanted to frame ashot or make the shot apply to the rule of thirds. We were also able to manipulatethe lighting, we did this because in some areas where we took our shots the lighting was very bleak and the camera allowed balancing the lighting which aided in our documentary to appear professional and well planned. Moreover, we also took photographs with this camera which allowed us to manipulate and edit them when producing the magazine double page spread. The camera was relatively light and easy to hold and we did this was taking shots for our magazine article however, when it came to filming our interviews and voxpops it was essential that we used a tripod. The tripodallowed centring the camera in order to get a straight shot which from our researchsuggest we key to get right, it also allowed us to use a variety of other shots such aspanning and zooming in and out without the camera moving or shaking. The onlynegative aspect of using the tripod was that it was difficult to keep moving to differentlocations to film different setting as at first it was difficult to fold up after using it and was fairly heavy. Moreover, as wells as using a camera and a tripod it was crucial that we used recording equipment for the sound, because from our research and general knowledge of documentaries it is essential to get the sound right otherwise the documentary will lack and will look amateurish andunprofessional. The equipment we used was a directional microphone for our voxpopsand interviews to record the sound and used Sennheiser headphones to ensure that thesound levels were correct and to ensure that no unwanted noise mixed in with our interviews such as background noise or other students talking who were no needed. Our environment being a college was loud for most
of the time when filming therefore we came up with a solution which was using a quietempty classroom and conducting our interviews there.When all of our filming was complete we used an Apple iMac to editing our footage toform our documentary. At first we found the editing quite complex however, afterrepetition and instruction by our teacher is some became easy and second nature. Toediting our footage we used Final Cut Express and used this programme constantly fromthe beginning to end of our documentary. To begin to edit our footage we would have to‘log and transfer’ the totality of our documentary footage and then watch and sort outall of the footage that we wanted and did not want for our documentary.We then renamed all of the footage that we wanted to use in our documentary so thatwe did not become confused by the numerous amounts of footage and then went ontobegin to edit. Below is an example of our documentary of what it looked like during theediting stage. A window to watch My group’s unedited footage our documentary Timeline for documentary Editing tools Visual footage Audio footageWhilst using final cut express we all we given the opportunity to edit and becomefamiliar with its tools, throughout the editing process we used a variety of tools such astransitions. We used this tool a lot through firstly because it was a major conventionused in documentaries which we discovered through ‘Super-size me’ ‘Teenager Heroinaddiction’ and various other documentaries we watched. Moreover, it was a useful wayof breaking up the interviews, voxpops, presenters and establishing shots which made
sure of audience would not get bored and encourage them to continue towatch our documentary.An additional tool we used frequently was the razor blade tool particularly forour interviews and voxpops. For our interviews that we some points were not valid or relevant to our documentary or were too long, the razor tools allowed us to select the section of the interview that we wanted to use and discard any unwanted footage. This was a useful tool and allowed us to adjust our clips easily with little effort. The sound levels tool was another valuable tool we usedthroughout the editing process, it was essential that the sound levels were correct andthis tool allowed us to pan, centre and balance the sounds levels to the frequency thatwe wanted. This was a simple tool to use however, it was crucial that we used it so thatwe could produce a high standard documentary.Moreover, we also used the text tool often, we decided to use this tool because fromwatching our model documentary ‘Super-size me’ we discovered that the professionalsor people of note or importance to the documentary were named visually. We decidedto adopt this to our documentary as it helped in making our documentary seem moreprofessional and raise a high level to our documentary.To produce music for our documentary we decided to make it from scratch by using aprogramme called ‘Garage band.’ We create simple background music for ourdocumentary by used it predominately for our radio trailer.When using media technologies for our radio trailer Garage band was the mainprogramme we used for its construction. Garage band gave us a variety of sounds to mixand play with until we were happy with the sound we produced. The music options wewere given were ‘cheerful, urban, electronic, guitar, piano, drums etc. The controls wereeasy to use and once we were happy with the music we created we simply transferred itinto an mp3 file and added it to our radio trailetc.Our magazine article required use to use two pieces of software which were AdobePhotoshop CS6 and Adobe InDesign CS6. To begin to create our double page spread onAdobe InDesign we open a double page spread and then began to import all the imageswe wanted to use. After all of our images were selected we then used Microsoft Word2010 to begin to attempt our text for our article. Once our text and images werearranged and complete on the double page spread we then began to add codes andconventionsof double page spreads which we had learnt from our researchsuch as masthead, pull quote, headlines, caption etc.
Once my double page spread was complete I then wanted to edit my images becausesome of them had people in the background looking at the camera and or in other shotsI wanted to add an effect. For both circumstances I had to use a tool of Adobe PhotoshopCS6 known as the magnetic lasso. This was a useful tool that ensured that any areas ofthe images that I wanted removed could be done so easily with minimal effort. From myresearch editing the images correctly was an important convention that must be donecorrectly, and when I look at my double page spread I feel I have achieved that.To conclude, I feel my research, planning construction and feedback of mydocumentary, radio trailer and double page spread was successful and I am happy andproud with the coursework me and my colleagues produced and I believe it has beaccomplished to a high standard.