4. Who do you think it’s target
audience is and how does it
appeal to them?
For the front cover I think that the target audience
would be 17-50 years old, the magazine would not
appeal to anyone younger as they would prefer to
watch the movie as oppose to read about the
reviews. This magazine would appeal to both men
and women. It would appeal to men due to the gun
and the colour scheme. The gun connotes violence
and the colour scheme is quite masculine. Where
as the women would be drawn to the magazine as
A list heart throb Leonardo Dicaprio is on the front
of the magazine. Leonardo captures the attention
of any middle aged women.
5. Analyse the effectiveness
of the magazines conventions?
The image is of Leonardo Dicaprio, he
is the main character in the film,
being an A list actor it is imperative
that he is central on the cover. This
will draw the attention of the
audience/ readers because they will
want to watch a high quality A list
The typical colour scheme of
thriller magazines is either
red, black or white. The blue
in the magazine connotes the
dreams that happen within
the movie. The dark cover
creates a sense of a tense
atmosphere that attracts
audiences that are interested
The title is laid out over the
middle of the page,
Inception is written in
deep red which intensifies
the film a little. ‘Inception’
is the only bit of text that
is as almost as big as the
magazine masthead. Also
it is the only section of text
that is the same colour as
The language used on the front cover isn’t
very sophisticated, however using A list
celebrities draws attention of the public/
readers as they would want to know about
films that they have starred in ‘The matrix
meets 007 on steroids’ this suggests that the
film is as good as the 2 of these movies put
The masthead isn’t very effective the rest of
the text is designed to be 3D, the masthead I
feel just ruins the effect of the 3D background
and text. In addition to this the slanted text
surrounding Leonardo is quite hard to read.
The promotional banner is very tight and clean, the
directors name and the cover line of ‘The
matrix….’ the piece of text promotes the film
very easily by using 2 very successful films to
promote the film is very clever. The ‘on
steroids…’ suggests that the film is better then
both them films put together. That would make
the audience want to view the film a little bit
more and would also make the audience want to
buy the magazine in order to read about the film.
The cover lines are very clever I like the way
that the text slants it makes the text seem 3D.
However the cover lines are very hard to read
as the slanted text gets smaller as it’s going in
so you cannot read the text that is being
The font used is bold but dark, the font used is
good as it is very clear to read. Usually
magazine covers have bold text in order for
people to read it. If the font is too small then
it is very difficult to read so people will not
want to purchase the magazine.
In addition to this the costume is a dark suit
which creates a certain intensity to the
magazine the dark suit how important and
driven the character is.
The Gun in the actors hand connotes the
thriller/action genre. The gun connotes a violent
nature in the film, however the gun could also
suggest that he needs protection, from
something or someone.
The setting is a aerial shot of Tokyo or New York as
it is quite hard to tell, as the picture is distorted.
The setting is very effective as it shows the
cloudiness of our dreams.