A Bit About Me….
HI! My name is Annabelle and I am an A Level student at Titus Salt School. I have chosen to take Media as an A level as I am hoping that it will allow me to play to my strengths of creativity in different ways to my other A Level options. The other options I have chosen are BTEC Dance and BTEC Music. I am hoping that these options will in the future take me down the route of having an occupation within the Performing Arts field.
I have many interests and hobbies some of which include Make-up, watching Modern Family, Dancing and Singing.
This blog is here to document all of the work I produce, research and produce as a final product within the near future. Do feel free to have a good look and please ENJOY reading!
On Monday this week we organised to meet outside of school time and media lessons to have some time to focus on the narrative of our film. We were there for two hours and were very productive. Within our time there we have managed to flesh out the three main characters which are Kat, The Alien and Toby Kat’s best friend. By fleshing those out it allowed us to expand and flesh out the narrative as they were able to start to imaging how the characters would react to situations and how they would react to the different characters. We have managed to split it and put it into the different sections that allowed us to estimate how long we think it will be when the final product is made. We found that we will most likely be making a film that is around fifteen minutes long, as we feel that having it at this length will allow us to show our narrative and communicate the characters enough for the audience and examiner to understand throughout the whole film.
Whilst we were there we also discussed a name for the film, due to the electrical power theme throughout we came up with things like ‘Blackout’ but at the moment have settled on ‘Flicker’ which is something that two of us thought of at the same time. we are hoping to have more meetings like this outside of school; as we found it to be very effective for the planning of our film as there weren’t other people we knew to distract us.
We have just started planning our film production and have come to the conclusion that we would like it to be based within the 80s. Due to this I am currently looking into different areas of the 80s for example fashion and decor etc. I am putting these together so that we can look at these and use them to help influence how we are going to decorate and create mise-en-scene within our film effectively within the modern day surroundings and decor we will have in within the locations we are using of today.
Looking Back At Your Preliminary Task, What Do You Feel You Have Learnt In The Progression From It To The Full Product?
In What Ways Does Your Media Product Use, Develop Or Challenge Forms & Conventions Of Real Media Products?
This is my final double page spread for my music magazine. This is the page I am most proud of as it has turned out better than I had expected.
When I originally had completed the double page spread there was a very positive reaction to is as people were very impressed with the photo and the text layout. Originally all of the text on the page was black and the writing was in two columns which resulted in less text on the page. When I was receiving feedback it was noted that it would be more clear within the interview if I were to make the interviewer’s questions and bits of speech a different colour so that it is easier for the reader to see what is a question and where the replies are within the article. I agree that by looking at my final product that this was a correct decision as by making it a contrasting colour of red it makes the questions stand out within the article as well as brings more colour to the whole double page spread set up resulting in it becoming more eye catching. By changing the amount of columns from two to three it allowed me to continue to write more of an in-depth interview and article as well as made the page look more full and balanced as I had reduced the amount of empty space within the right hand side of the spread.
This is my original pop music magazine contents page. There was a generally good reaction to it but there were definitley some changes to be made to it. This is the feedback the audience has given me:
To sort of the area around the model on the red carpet to make it look more seamless and less obvious that she has been placed onto the background to make the pictures stand out more by giving them some kind of boarder and to double check any spelling mistakes.
I was pleasantly surprised with the reaction I received towards the contents page as I thought originally that I would need to change and adapt a lot more.
This is my completed contents page for my music magazine. As you can see I have made the following changes to my contents page which are the pink and purple boarders around the pictures that help to make them stand out. I have also edited the red carpet image to make it look more like the model was on the red carpet and not just photoshopped on. I did this successfully by using a very small rubber tool and spent a lot of time really carefully going around the edge to remove as much of the background of the model image as possible. I finally read through the article and made sure that that I had corrected the spelling errors.
The following article is the completed section of my double page spread that I wrote so that I could fill my text space. It wasn’t all needed due to the space I am actually using within my double page spread. I’m glad that I wrote more because when it came to the part within creating my double page spread where the reader will turn over I am prepared and know exactly how the interview will carry on.
This is my original complete music magazine front cover. Once I had finished it I asked the target audience what they thought about it. Some of the feedback I received is that I need to a add a bar code and price, make the name Stephanie and title stand out more, I need to make sure the articles are equally spread out and that there are features that make it eye-catching as it looks a little bland at the moment and reorganise the layout of the bottom of the magazine to make it more appealing.
This is my completed front cover for my pop music magazine. As you can see I have placed the barcode and price up in the right hand corner, this is after trying it in the bottom left hand corner where is didn’t suit the new layout. I added an white edging to the title and the name Stephanie as it stopped the name blending in within the darker area of the model’s neck. I also changed the distance of some of the articles so that they are equally spread apart and are showing a balance on the front cover. I also decided to add more of the small black lines to use them to help separate the articles and keep a level of consistency throughout the cover. I am happy with the layout of the bottom of the magazine now as I feel it looks a lot more aesthetically pleasing as the information is moved to fill out the bottom right hand corner and as well as added more life to the cover by adding the bright colour within the exclusive box. There was a suggestion within the talks that i should add a graphic behind he number 50 which I tried when developing the cover, but found that didn’t look right and took up too much of the picture.
This is the design I have come up with for the layout of my music magazine double page spread.
After looking into where about I am going to place each of the pictures I decided that I no longer liked the original layout for my contents page. To fix this problem I have re-design my contents page so that it looks more like a Pop music magazine. I have reduced the number of pictures and have expanded the space available for the text, but I am not going to add any extra text, which will mean that I will have more space to spread out my text and not make my contents page look overfull. (The right is the original)
Whilst in the process of creating our final products I was asked by James and Matthew to do some make up on their models for James’ cover and double page spread and Matthew’s contents page. These are some photos that were captured on the shoots as I was creating the make up looks they had requested for this photos.