AS Media Foundation Portfolio Music Magazine Practical Research & Evaluation PresentationProgress and Objectives Each Week
In what ways does my product use, develop or challenge forms andconventions of real media products?
To create my Front Cover page, I used the layout of a VIBE magazine. Looking at the masthead on the VIBE magazine, Irealised that some of the letters where hidden behind the main image, which may show how popular and well knownthe magazine is. Furthermore, I also went for the same style, except I changed the font colour and text style so that itwould stand out more in contrast to my chosen background colour. The use of red font connotes passion and sexuality,which links back to the main image of Chantelle.I also included on my Front Cover a white strap line which emerged with the background colour. This included names ofvarious different artists, which was also included on the VIBE magazine cover. I used pink and black font which made itstand out very well, and capital letters which made it even more noticeable.The main image I included on the cover is slightly similar to the one used on the VIBE magazine, as both images areshown as a medium shot, showing the waist upwards. This type of shot emphasises the seriousness from theexpression on Chantelles face, as she is hardly smiling and is shown with more of a straight face. I used this imagebecause I thought it would attract my target audience, teenagers and young adults of both genders very well. This maybe due to the way she looks, what she is wearing or the way she is shown posing.
The writing on my magazine was generally pink, black and white. Most important bits were written in big bold font,which would catch the viewers eyes, as that would then be the first thing they would read on the page. The quote onthe left hand side of the page, I wrote in italics, as they were done so when I looked through other magazines.I included an issue number, bar code and a few article titles to give the target audience a rough idea, of what sort ofthings were included in the magazine. Last of all, I gave it a price of £2.00 as that is how much most people were willingto pay, as I found out from the results, when I conducted my questionnaire.
On the bottom left hand side of my Contents Page I included a preview on my Front Cover, as I realised that severalother magazines also had this on their Contents Page. By doing this, it made my Contents Page look more realistic,stylish and professional.The image I included is of the person who my main magazine is based on. This image is a full shot image, which I placedon the right hand side of the page. I chose this image as I thought it would attract it’s target audience, as the use ofcolours such as her clothing, stands out very well in contrast to its background colour.Looking at Contents Pages of VIBE, I realised that the page numbers started off from higher numbers, with the articletitle next to it in a different colour, which is what I did on mine. Underneath the article title I included some informationof what was included in that section of the article, so that the audience are able to flick straight to page without havingto go through the whole magazine.
The main focus on the Double Page Spread is the image of Chantelle, which I showed by placing the image on thecentre of the page. I chose to use an image which showed most of body, as looking at other magazines, they either hadimages which were a full shot or medium shot. I also liked the models posture as it links very well with my genre, as sheis shown looking very confident and almighty.I also included a smaller image on the bottom right hand corner of the page, of my other model A-Jay who is behind themain story of Chantelle. Again this image links very well with my genre and he is shown and presented like astereotypical man that would be shown on a RNB magazine.I laid out my article very similar to the VIBE magazine, into four columns. I done the questions a different colour to theactual text, so that it would look more presentable and professional. The main text on the page such as the headline,and the quotes were enlarges and written in different fonts so that it would stand out more, as this would be the firstthing the the viewers would read.
How does your media product represent particular social groups?
I used two models in my magazine of a woman and a boy, as my target audience for my magazine is teenager and youngadults of both genders. I chose to have the woman on the front cover ad her dress sense is very stylish and fashionable,and the way she looks would attract the target audience and make them want to purchase the magazine. I chose to makethem wear dark clothing, so that it would stand out more. Where if they wore white, it would blend in too much with thewhite background.The use of language I used was quite simple, as my target audience was not just young adults but teenagers as well. Tomake it understandable for teenagers I thought to use simple language, so its understandable rather then complexlanguage which they wouldnt understand or enjoy reading.I kept the font style pretty simple though out the whole magazine just like the language, to fit in with the target audience.However, the text size I changed through out quite a few times, such as the masthead which was written in the biggestfont size, to show its importance as it is the main part of the magazine thats suppose to attract the audience.
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
Throughout this course I used a lot of technology such as an SLR Canon, Microsoft publisher, Photo shop andZoomerang.The first thing I used was Microsoft publisher, which I used to do my preliminarily task, which was to create a schoolmagazine. This was quite basic, as Ive used this form of software quite a lot in the past. However, this softwareprevented me from creating a professional school magazine, as it did not consist of many editing tools, unlike photoshop.I also used Zoomerang to create my questionnaire, which was quite new to me as I had never used it before. In order toget people to fill out my questionnaire, I posted my questionnaire from zoomerang on facebook, which then allowedpeople to fill it in on my page.After this, this is when the real work started. I had to take various different photos for my magazine, before I startedcreating it. In order to do this, I had to learn how to use a SLN Canon, which was also new to me as I had never used itbefore. After learning how to use it, I came out with really good quality pictures.The final software was Photo shop, which was a much more advanced software and also quite difficult. This was themain thing needed to create my magazine and make it look professional as possible.
Looking back at your preliminary task,what have you learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
I feel that I have learnt a lot from when I first did my preliminary task till now. Ive been able to create a moreprofessional looking magazine, whereas before I had no idea on how to use photo shop and how to use some of thetools. Photo shop has enabled me to edit photos using the air brush, spot healing brush and so on. I also learnt how todo an outer glow and add various effect which Microsoft Publisher did not allow.I also learnt how to take high quality photos using a very high quality camera, which the photos were then edited tomake them look even more professional. Comparing my preliminary task and final magazine now, I think I have donevery well in constructing my magazine using so many new software’s and technologies.
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