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This is my powerpoint of question 1 : In what ways does your media product us, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

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  1. 1. Kelsey Ryan QUESTION 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  2. 2. The contents masthead is the text that is the largest on the page and is often bold, eye catching and represents the genre of the magazine. Its often is covered slightly by the cover artist so that all the attention is on them. With higher end popular magazines the mast head is often recognizable sand they don’t need to see the whole word to figure out what brand it is. Its conventionally found at the top of the contents page as it creates a layout reading down the page. Underneath I have added a selling line underneath the masthead MAST HEAD
  3. 3. COVER IMAGE My cover image features a male model who is in a quite aggressive stance with his hands cupped together and a slightly aggravated facial expression. He is wearing dark clothing and a checked jacket this is a typical style for males who listen to rock music. The fact he looks slightly aggressive again ties in with the house theme of rock. The model is making eye contact with the camera which is conventional and gives the reader a personal feel as if he is looking at them. The image was also taken in the school studio to ensure that I got the right lighting, setting and environment to get a high quality photo.
  4. 4. My headline is the Lost Spirit spread across the middle of the page. The text is rugged and bold and stands out to attract the reader. The text font True Lies fits the genre really well and the effect of the black text behind creates a better shadow than the Photoshop tool features. It makes the headline stand out more and not lifeless and stuck to the page. There is a sub heading under it to intrigue the reader. The use of alliteration “smashing” “shelves”. The word smashing is also aggressive and linked to the music genre. HEADLINE
  5. 5. My cover lines are based on featured articles in the magazines. They are positioned down the left hand size of the page which is considered conventional because they’re in a vertical column which Is conventional where as if they were horizontal it wouldn't’t be. I have used chatty colloquial language to catch the reader’s attention because it seems someone young, hip and relatable has wrote the article. COVER LINES
  6. 6. I have added in the barcode down the bottom right hand side of the page. I have personalised it as an addition to the genre. The date, price and issue number are located around the barcode which is conventional because you can easily see what issue number it is. Many magazines do this. DATE LINE, BARCODES, PRICES
  7. 7. I took inspiration from a Kerrang! Cover. I liked the layout and style of the page and used similar conventions. I liked the headline layout and how it stretched across the middle of the page, I tried to incorporate this into my magazine. DEVELOPMENT COVER I also liked the names of the band on a banner at the bottom, this is why I linked it into my design by creating a banner and adding the featured bands and breaking them up with small graphics.
  8. 8. I haven’t included a strap line above my masthead. I did try one but it didn’t look right, it made the top of my magazine cover a mess and too overcrowded and took attention away form he cover star image. This is why I added one along the bottom of the page including different featured artists. This is unconventional and challenges conventions. CHALLENGE COVER
  10. 10. I took inspiration from the Kerrang! Mast head (a rock magazine currently on the market) and experimented with similar font styles. I created it so that it fits in with the colour scheme on my magazine and the house theme of Rock. I haven’t used the name of my magazine because it’s more of an optional convention. I did test how it would look with the magazine name but I felt like it didn’t fit well and chose against it. Just left of the contents header is the “Special edition: Best of rock 2015” to attract the readers attention into knowing this isn’t just any magazine issue. This will grab the reader attention more as they will be manipulated into thinking that this issue is inferior to other music magazines. CONTENTS MASTHEAD
  11. 11. The categories are mounted on purple graphics, which link into my chosen colour scheme of purple, black and white. This also helps them stand out against the background. The categories are bigger text size than the listings to stand out more as a heading. CATEGORY HEADINGS Underneath the category heading is a listing of articles with what the article is about underneath, this text is significantly smaller. This is also accompanied by a page number which is bigger than the listing text. This is conventional as it helps the reader navigate through the magazine. The article categories and article listings in the magazine are in a column, which is often the layout in other magazine because that’s considered conventional. The column is positioned down the right hand side of the page. Different texts have been used to create different effects, the categories were in the font “Chunkfive EX” where as the article listings are in “Cambria bold”. Where as the article information was in ”Cambria” the different sizes also help stick to the conventional layout of the categories in real magazines.
  12. 12. My product features a large image of the artist in the magazine. The image isn’t taken in a studio and has a natural rugged feel to the photo rather than a modelled pose from a studio. This allows the reader to see the artist out and about and how they look naturally rather than made up in the studio. This isn’t really conventional because most photos are taken in studios to make sure that everything is set the way they want it do be. CONTENTS IMAGE It’s also the largest image on the page of an artist. I have chosen to use a middle close up shot and placed in in the top/ mid left of the page, which as a layout is featured in many magazines in general for example Q Magazine. The model also fits the genre well with the rocker themed clothes and punky attitude portrayed. The model in most other Kerrang! magazines is conventionally the genres fashion.
  13. 13. I have included a editors letter. This is more of an optional convention because not all magazines use them. Kerrang! Magazines do and this is where I took my inspiration from. I also added subscription advertisement along the bottom of the page on a purple banner. A different text has been used to attract the reader attention. This will attract the reader into subscribing to the magazine because I’ve included an incentive of a free Bring Me The Horizon album which is a recognized and popular band within the rock genre EDITORS LETTER
  14. 14. I took inspiration from Kerrang! Magazine. I also used my cover to help create the contents page. I used fonts, colours and the general theme to keep in with the magazine style I created. I liked the layout of the Kerrang! Magazine and used it as inspiration towards the layout of my own work. I used the basic conventions that were featured in the current rock magazines such as Q or Kerrang! such as editors letters, columns and categories as well as a form of advertising the subscription. DEVELOPMENT CONTENTS
  15. 15. I didn’t use my magazines name on the contents page because I feel like its repetitive after being a featured convention of the front cover. I feel that my contents page wouldn't’t have had the same effect if it said “disturbed” rather than contents. CHALLENGE CONTENTS I haven’t used a studio photo of my model and I haven’t asked them to model a specific pose. Magazines usually feature structured pose photos.
  16. 16. ARTICLE
  17. 17. The masthead is a text that is the heading of the page. It’s usually the main point of the article because it is what attracts the reader when accompanied by an image. Conventionally it is found at the top of the page and is the largest text on the page so that it catches the readers attention. I’ve also incorporated a pull quote into the headline because it attracts the reader attention more and is quite conventional and interesting. HEADLINE
  18. 18. The lead in is conventionally located under the mast head and leads into the article. Its like a small brief of what the article is about and intrigues the reader. I have used this in my article. The words “notorious rebellion” show that the band are a little bit naughty which can entice the reader into reading it. This is also in colloquial language and shown further with the use of exclamation marks. LEAD IN
  19. 19. My images are from concerts I have been to in the past. I decided to use these images because they fit with my article being about a current tour and new album release. The images work well on the page. However it wasn’t very conventional because most articles include studio images of the artist. I think they make my article stand out though. IMAGE
  20. 20. I have included different graphics to the page that link to the music genre and give the page character. The checkered borders are often associated with the rock theme because its bold and punchy just like the magazine. GRAPHICS AND COLOUR SCHEME I also included heartbeat graphics just above my headline. The headline “WE ARE A SAVIOUR” links to these graphics because as the heart beat follows over the gutter it meets a line which is to represent the failure of the heart beat such as death in this case the death of good rock music. The band plan to resurrect the failure of current music and bring rock back to life. The colour scheme follows through my magazine – purple, black and white. This is clear through out my magazine which is conventional and is often the case in other magazines. These colours are also dark but link the genre and still compliment each other well.
  21. 21. I have chosen a question and answer article. It consists of 3 columns and is located along 3 quarters of the left side page. This is quite a conventional layout with a large headline with text underneath and images featured on the other pages. A drop cap was added to signify the start of the article text. MAIN BODY TEXT There is a pull quote in the 3rd column which stands out to attract the reader attention, its also quite mysterious and random which again attracts the reader. The blue colour signifies the questions and the quite text being the bands reply.
  22. 22. I took inspiration from a Kerrang! article featuring My Chemical Romance. I liked the layout of the page and used this as inspiration to help me decide my own article. I used 3 columns under a large pull quote headline. I also liked the action shot images featured in this article so I decided to use images from concerts I had been to and used them in my article. I also took inspiration from the headline and used the conventional idea of a pull quote and making it the largest text on the page. Using action shots isn't very conventional because some of them are still posed however mine are actual action shots from concerts rather than in a music producing studio. DEVELOPMENT ARTICLE
  23. 23. I didn’t use images that had been posed at all, I used images from concerts I had been to in the past. The photos were action shots from the performance and this isn't very conventional as conventionally images from studios or messing about backstage are used instead as they are found to be higher quality and better lighting. I think the images still work in the article and add a tour style vibe. CHALLENGE ARTICLE