Evaluating my Magazine Q1: In what ways did your media project develop, challenge or use constructions of real media products? Cover
<ul><li>Once again, I began my project by researching and analysing existing magazine covers. I used popular movie-based magazines (e.g. Entertainment Weekly and Premiere) so that I could get the conventions of movie magazines, as opposed to music or gossip magazines. </li></ul><ul><li>I analysed the Spanish ‘Best Movie’ magazine cover first. Even though I couldn’t understand the text, I was able to observe conventions such as the size and colour of text, the use of the picture and the positioning of the text. </li></ul><ul><li>Although the movies featured on the other two magazines are similar (both superhero movies) I made sure the positioning and styling of the covers were different, to get a broader range of covers to analyse. </li></ul>
How I used, challenged and developed conventionsc In my magazine cover, the girl is the most prominent element. She is in the centre of the picture, and she is clearly contrasted against the pale background as she is wearing dark clothing. I followed the conventional arrangement of the text, as many of the article titles were arranged around the girl’s figure (so the titles do not overlap onto her). However I created a copy of the girl’s head and shoulders in another layer, to allow me to place that in front of the title of the magazine (‘MotionMedia Weekly’). This followed the convention of making sure the text did not overlap onto the picture, but subverted it somewhat as the girl overlapped onto the text (the other way around). The picture is positioned in the middle of the cover, and is the main focus. Text is arranged around the picture accordingly. How I used/developed/challenged it Convention
How I used, challenged and developed conventions The majority of the text follows a colour pattern of white and dark blue. However, the magazine title differentiates from this, making it stand out from the rest of the text. However, as it is still blue it doesn’t clash. Text follows a colour scheme, used both to separate text that is about different articles, and to separate different names (e.g. in the ‘Oscar Shortlist’ section on my cover) Although purely practical, these conventions are essential in the authenticity of the magazine cover. However, as they are just practical elements (and do not help sell the magazine) the barcode is small and placed in the lower corner, in a dark space that I could not fill with text. Furthermore the issue details are next to the barcode are in a small, unobtrusive font. A barcode, issue number/details are included.
What do think worked and why? <ul><li>I found that the arrangement of the text around the outline of the girl worked very well, as it made it clear she was the main focus of the cover. </li></ul><ul><li>I was particularly pleased with the arrangement of the ‘Inside scoop … Cameron Lowe creation’ text on the lower left-hand side. The close positioning of the text indicates that they follow on from each other (despite the changes in colour, which prevent the text from being boring, and highlight sections the audience are meant to react to – i.e. the film title ‘Welcome to the Playhouse’, and the name ‘Cameron Lowe’ (which is inferred to be a director/writer/producer). </li></ul>
What do I think worked and why? <ul><li>I am also pleased with the effect of the girl’s head partially covering the magazine title. Initially, I had some trouble on how I would achieve the effect, but when I thought of the solution (creating a copy of her head and shoulders as a new layer), it was very easy to achieve. I found the effect made the girl’s picture seem even more prominent on the page, suggesting she was ‘larger than life’. However, I made sure that the title was still clearly readable, despite the effect. </li></ul>