Evaluation (Magazine Cover): 1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
Conventions of magazine covers:
Magazines name is clearly displayed
Famous actors/celebrities are usually the focal point (or image) of the magazine
Graphics and colours used to create a mood for the magazine
Price/Issue Number/Barcode small and insignificant
Certain images used to attract certain audiences
Bits of text around the sides of magazine cover
Usually a cover line linking with the main image
Masthead Barcode Issue number, price and date of the magazine Picture from the main film featured in the magazine Teaser Plug
‘ Total Film’ Magazine Covers:
It is evident by looking at just a few ‘Total Film’ magazine covers that they follow the conventions of typical magazine covers.
The magazine cover focuses on using the single main image, which seems to usually be in the centre of the page, instantly catching the eye.
A lot of text is littered round the sides of the magazine and on the outside of the central image. A convention that ‘Total Film’ also seem to do is make the title of the film featured in the magazine large and bold, so it stands out with the main image.
The magazine title is large and bold, but usually the image overlaps it and sometime hides it, therefore not standing out as much.
‘ Empire’ Magazine Covers:
These magazine covers also primarily focus on using a large, central image, usually the main actor of the feature film.
However, as well as the main, large image they tend to have smaller images around the sides of the magazine cover, relating to one of the feature films.
This leads to having less text on the cover, although there is still text around the sides.
The magazine title is large and very bold, the sharp red used stands out well and catches the eye, even if it is sometimes overlapped by an image.
My Magazine cover – Images:
Although I believe I have followed conventions of images used in typical magazine cover; I have challenged some of the forms to try and make my product as appealing as possible.
I have used a large primary image in my magazine cover, with smaller images filling up the bottom. Although I have followed typical magazine covers by using large images, mine is not central like other covers and therefore doesn’t stand out as much. I have probably involved more smaller images than most magazine covers normally would but I think it looks appealing and this challenge in convention works well with my magazine. This magazine cover shows quite a contrast compared to mine. The focal images are similar but placed in different locations with different colours used, with this magazine pulling of a much better effect than mine. However it is the only image on the cover and relies on the text to keep the audience interested; I think my convention of involving more images is more appealing out of two as it looks more interesting and catches the eye.
My Magazine cover – Text:
My Magazine: ‘Empire’ Magazine:
I used the same masthead as the ‘Empire’ magazine so the conventions are similar here; both titles stand out clearly and catch the eye.
I have followed conventions of other magazine covers again here; a sort of subtitle below the magazine title, in large, clear text to stand out from other text on the cover
Both covers here then follow with smaller text below these larger fonts. Audiences don’t instantly see this so it is not as important as other parts of the cover, but it is a good convention to include in the magazine cover which audiences enjoy.
My Magazine cover – Colours:
I decided to link my magazine cover with my poster with colour; so I used similar colours in my magazine cover that I did with my poster.
This can help define the genre of the featured film and a lot of film magazines imply this convention in their covers to attract certain audiences.
The colours I ended up using in my cover were:
These were good colours to use and distinguish my genre but I don’t think I followed the convention very well; my final product ended up looking a bit bland and boring due to the use of colour. The background was plain black where I could have used an image relating to my film and edit it to black and white. Also, the main image I used of the villain in my film was wearing all black, therefore not standing out from the background at all.
However, the sharp white shade I used for my text worked well against the dark colours and the use of red in my cover pulled of an appealing effect which would have helped to define my genre of horror.