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Textual Analysis of
Film Magazine Covers
Yasmin Watkins

Science Fiction Adventure

Action Thriller

Psychological Thrille...
Science Fiction Adventure

Psychological Thriller

Action Thriller

* I have chosen these three covers because the first t...
Straplines

*Conventions

Masthead

of a Film
Magazine
Front Cover

Main
Coverline
(featuring the film title)

Coverlines
...
*Layout Analysis

Strapline
informs audience of
a non-film titled
article for film
enthusiasts

Main Coverline
the main fi...
Textual Analysis:
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While there are two smaller images included on the
front cover, the main emphasis is still p...
*Layout Analysis
Main Image
this is the most
emphasised part of
the front cover

largest text size to
highlight the title ...
Textual Analysis:
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The main female protagonist is dressed in
black, giving a sense of authority and purpos...
*Layout Analysis
Main Image

Masthead
largest text size to
highlight the title of
the magazine branding

this is the most
...
Textual Analysis:
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Similarly to Salt, the female protagonist wears black
to connote power/ importance
Th...
* In all 3 magazines, the character
on the front is placed in the
middle third

* The Hunger Games’ front cover

conforms ...
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Magazine Cover Textual Analysis

  1. 1. Textual Analysis of Film Magazine Covers Yasmin Watkins Science Fiction Adventure Action Thriller Psychological Thriller
  2. 2. Science Fiction Adventure Psychological Thriller Action Thriller * I have chosen these three covers because the first two are part of the thriller genre that I aim for my own film trailer to conform to. * The second two both feature a female protagonist, which I aim to do on my own magazine front cover, thus it can give me ideas on how to pose my own models during the shoot for this
  3. 3. Straplines *Conventions Masthead of a Film Magazine Front Cover Main Coverline (featuring the film title) Coverlines Coverlines Coverlines Coverlines Main Image Strapline Barcode  Using the skills learnt during my foundation portfolio coursework, I know the conventions for a typical magazine front cover layout.  However, the differences are that there are a lot more coverlines to inform the audience and that the bottom coverline isn’t always used, in favour of space for more coverlines
  4. 4. *Layout Analysis Strapline informs audience of a non-film titled article for film enthusiasts Main Coverline the main film title featured Masthead largest text size to highlight the title of the magazine branding Tagline Further information for the reader, to emphasise main title Main Image this is the most emphasised part of the front cover Coverlines includes the names of more film titles Strapline Barcode includes the names of more film titles to further attract the reader is placed in the bottom right-hand side of the page Publication Company Logo gives the magazine authenticity and trust in the magazine
  5. 5. Textual Analysis:     While there are two smaller images included on the front cover, the main emphasis is still placed on the main image, with a transparent background behind any text There are about 4 different type faces used, which make the page looking attractive, with the different texts used for different articles. Furthermore, the contrast between the emboldened and regular text emphasises the former. The character in the main image is not making direct contact with the audience looking at the magazine. This is because it looks like he is contemplating something, with a gun in his hand which helps to persuade the reader to buy the magazine to read more about the film. This air of mystery is emphasised by the setting/ his surroundings in the main image.
  6. 6. *Layout Analysis Main Image this is the most emphasised part of the front cover largest text size to highlight the title of the magazine branding to further persuade the reader Coverlines Main Coverline includes the names of more film titles the main film title featured; text size is almost as large as the masthead Further information for the reader, to emphasise main title acts as a tagline for the magazine’s title to appeal to its readers Masthead Insert Tagline Strapline Barcode Publication Company Logo gives the magazine authenticity and trust in the magazine is placed in the bottom right-hand side of the page
  7. 7. Textual Analysis:       The main female protagonist is dressed in black, giving a sense of authority and purpose in the way she holds the gun. Her lack of eye contact with the audience suggests a motive that the audience is unaware of until they watch the film The background’s orange colour suggests the film’s set somewhere exotic, or could connnote explosions because of its action genre Its lack of revealing backdrop allows the coverlines and ‘Double Depp!’ coverlines to have a black background Uses the simple and black colour scheme, aside from the main image The main character is placed in the middle of the page to allow coverlines overlap onto the image on each side
  8. 8. *Layout Analysis Main Image Masthead largest text size to highlight the title of the magazine branding this is the most emphasised part of the front cover Tagline Further information for the reader, to emphasise main title Insert to further persuade the reader Extra Images Main Coverline these are to further attract the intended audience because of the interactive issue the main film title featured; text size is almost as large as the masthead Straplines Adds further articles that are in the magazine Publication Company Logo Barcode gives the magazine authenticity and trust in the magazine is placed in the bottom right-hand side of the page
  9. 9. Textual Analysis:        Similarly to Salt, the female protagonist wears black to connote power/ importance This interactive issue uses a white, black, red and yellow colour scheme to attract the reader to this issue The main coverline ‘The Hunger Games’ is placed in the middle of the page, overlapping the main image because of its high-profile It uses a quote –likely from a review from an article within the magazine, as a tagline to persuade the target audience Uses possessive pronouns like ‘your’ to directly address the reader The fiery background connotes danger and destruction, as described by the three minor alliterated taglines The ‘Mockingjay’ pin is also seen to the left of the page, which would allow film enthusiasts/ those who’ve read the book to further analyse the film
  10. 10. * In all 3 magazines, the character on the front is placed in the middle third * The Hunger Games’ front cover conforms to the rule of the thirds the best, with the ‘interactive issue’ insert in line with the lower thirds * In all 3, the masthead ‘Total Film’ lays on the top line, allowing it to take up the top thirds *

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