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!
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.
This is a description of features within four different contents pages that I like. These features are going to help me put together my contents page.
The feedback that I received from the research is that there is a majority preferred font, but the ones the others selected are completely different.
The font that was picked by the majority is Riesling by Bright Idea on Dafont.com. I can also conclude that this was selected by both male and females. The reasons that they chose this font option are because it is bold and easy to read, as well as looking professional. Another reason is because it is sleek and not chunky, which makes it compact. Also the small details within it make it look fancy.
Another font which was chosen by a female was Because I am Happy by Emily Spadoni. She chose this font because it looks the most elegant, but still ‘fun’. The curliness of the font is appealing. This shows that within the females that took part in choosing they were both attracted to the curly font, just one was attracted to a more creative and out there one and once was more attracted to a held back and sophisticated one.
Finally another male picked Romana Caps Classic Squares by Manfred Klein. He chose this font because of the white vs. black allows for a more powerful message about the woman. This goes against the similarity within the female choses, because it is completely different to what the first male had selected. They contrast because one is a lot more held back and simple as well as professional, whereas the other is a bold statement which is very powerful and unique.
I gave this sheet to four audience members and asked them to give feedback on which they liked most. This is so that I can choose a font style that the audience is attracted too and will like.
These are some pictures I took whilst taking my music magazine front cover and double page spread photos. I had some assistance from my Dad with setting up the camera. My model for this shoot was my sister Stephanie who was brilliant at listening to my ideas and helping us create these.