Question 1:In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
Front CoverAnalysing my front cover I can see that conventions have been developed throughout the cover with use of a clear masthead asshown by this screen shot;Looking at this I can see that the masthead is in bold font, which is a normal convention of what magazines would present this as.I have developed this within my own masthead by adding a colour layer over the font adding a more rustic look and differentinput of colour which wouldn’t normally be seen on other magazines for example this NME masthead shows to be red and bold ina similar font to mine but the colour is much bolder and not as individual in its colour and noise addition as mine. To individualise my magazine I used a colour scheme that would not normally be seen in other magazines, I used a different shade of each colour to fit with the colours seen in my main and sub images. The font I chose is ‘A Love Of Thunder’ found on Dafont.com; using the font allowed me to experiment with a variety of effects and I feel that the font suits the theme and resembles an amplifier in the texture of the coloured overlay I added using Photoshop effects which incorporates mise-en- scene which is what magazines will do involving colour scheme. Following the conventions of well-known media products I incorporated sub headings and a plug at the bottom of my cover to catch the readers eye. Using bright fonts over the background will attract the reader to read the more noticeable things on the page and therefore have a larger chance of purchasing magazines. This is seen on all magazines that are successful in the music market.
Front CoverI developed the conventions of photography used within my front page’smain image as I wanted the magazine to connotate real music from the firstlook and so it would make my genre more obvious to be able live indie rockbands, gigs and festivals. As main images are normally shot in a studio Ichallenged this convention as mine was shot at a live gig but in a whatseems posed position, I took the photo myself as the band was playing sothe photo was not specifically posed like most successful magazines wouldbe, I just feel that this would make the magazine more friendly and realisticand different from others that have been seen which would appeal to otheraudiences and reach a gap in the market.I also used a barcode on the front of my magazine which I got off the internet, allmagazines will have barcodes on the cover and I also wanted to follow thisconvention as it makes the magazine buyable and more official, I developed this byplacing the barcode on its side so that it wouldn’t interfere with what else I wantedto place on the cover and so it would fit nicely in the right hand corner.
Contents Page Producing my contents page I took the common forms of most high end magazine contents pages listing various pages that would interest the audience. Doing this allowed the readers quick access to the stories that they are most interested in and give an organized format to the magazine which is used in more or less every magazine of this type and of other genres too. Using the sub image on the contents page is a good way of attracting the reader to the main feature of the magazine, which is a common convention, used within other magazines that I have looked at such as NME and Kerrang! I also incorporated page numbers into my magazine as on the contents page the number next to each story would be found in the magazine by using this. All magazines in the market have page numbers to make them more organised and easy to navigate through so if I did not use this I would feel that I am not following the conventions of successful magazines in the market.One way that I have developed a convention of a magazine in the mass marketis by using new technology codes within my contents page to give the audiencesomething new to use to communicate with the magazine. This is not featuredin many magazines if any right now, this will appeal to my audience as they willthink the magazine is new and full of fresh ideas that will interest him so willincrease my demand and could widen my audience to younger or older peopletoo. As my audience is of a technology mad age this is useful in making iteasier for them to access stories.
Double Page In my double page spread I used a pull quote which is indicates on the image next to this text, I used this so that the text was not too intimidating to the reader and therefore put them off the magazine. Most magazines will do this too so that the reader will be pulled in by the quote that is shown and then will want to read more if they are just skimming through and not initially interested in what it says. Using a main image in my double page spread is useful in catching the readers eye also. I did this as most magazines that I have researched do this also so I would want to follow this convention as if not I would not appeal to people who already read music magazines. My audience research also showed that people would want to see pictures in the magazine as well as writing in order to make it more interesting.I have developed a convention by providing two sub images as well as a main image as Ifeel that this gives the audience more to entice them into reading the article as my mainimage doesn’t take up a full page due to how much writing there is. I did this to not put offthe audience reading all the writing that there is. The sub images have a brown overlay onthem to make them appear more faded as I felt this wouldn’t make them stand out morethan my main image should.