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In what ways does your mediaproduct use, develop orchallenge forms and conventionsof real media products?MAGAZINE COVERFahmi NassirDean Mullings
PracticeBefore we made the final draft of our magazine cover, or even started our first one, wedecided to make a sample just to familiarize ourselves with Photoshop and Illustratoronce again. We also wanted to get used to the “Sight and Sound” magazine format.We noticed at the end of our attempts at this sample that we used the wrong fontsand we used this as a lesson for our real magazine cover.
Background photoIn the making - IIn order to create this effect we simply duplicated the character to make 3 copies ofthe same character on top of each other. Then we selected one of the duplicate layerson the character and shifted them 4 times to the left. We then repeated this processwith the other duplicate layer, except this time we shifted it to the right.
Background photoWe made this effect on the characters in the photo to link it to the effectused in the hanging scene. Instead of showing a 2D image which couldrepresent feelings that are superficial, we decided to give it this effect torepresent anger that is ready to erupt and the effect is used to represent araging, steaming motion so the image doesn’t look so still.
Background photoIn the making - IIWe done the same effect to the KKK character. The reason why we specifically wantedthis effect is because it resembles tension, anger and violence; these are typicalthriller themes. Whilst including these themes, we had to make sure that we didn’t letthe images look too scary because then it would seem like it’s preparing you for ahorror rather than thriller.
Background photoIn the making - IIIWe then put the KKK character in front of Fahmi on the photo to give off that “you don’tknow who lies beneath the mask” type of feel. It also helps give off an “unknown identity”look because of the effect we put on these two characters. The black and white effect wasalso used to help contrast the two character and give off a “Black vs. White” atmospherebut in a twisted way because the “White” helps the “Black” defeat itself.
Cover text and imagesIn the making - IVFirst of all, with putting together our magazine cover we had to take care of all thecompulsory aspects. Seeming as our magazine is a “Sight and Sound” cover, we had tomake sure that the “Sight and Sound” logo and the “BFI” stamp were not covered by anyother part of the magazine as that is typical “Sight and Sound” conventions.
Cover text and imagesIn the making - VMany “Sight and Sound” magazines have a “EVERY NEW FILM REVIEWED” stamp logo onthe mid-left section of the cover, so we chose to follow these conventions and include thatas well.
Cover text and imagesIn the making - VIThis is the magazine cover after we included text. “Sight & Sound” use text on theirmagazine covers to give the audience a brief idea of the main stories/content included inthe magazine. We also had to make sure that the heading font was ‘Arial’ and thedescription font was ‘Times New Roman’ as this is the house style that “Sight & Sound”follow.
Cover text and imagesIn the making - VIIWe then added in our film title to the bottomof the magazine. We decided to keep the fontthat we use in our other media products thatinvolve our title, because it kept to our housestyle. To get this font we searched through awebsite that allows ‘free for personal use’access to certain fonts. This particular font wascalled ‘Credit River’. We chose this because wefelt that it complimented our title really wellwith the bold letters and the shape of them. Ithelped give off a war type feel to the title andmade it look more fierce and outstanding.