Monday, 18 September 2017

Chocolate- The 1975

The video below is a song I consider a possible choice for my music video.

The song is about being under the influence of cannabis. Chocolate is a reference for drugs. The video shows how the youth of our day are bored so they turn to drugs, smoking anywhere they can. The song also goes on to explain how the police don't have "any criminals to chase so they chase after us; kids smoking weed."


Saturday, 16 September 2017

Criminal Minds- Lukas Graham

The video below is a song I consider a possible choice for my music video.

The video shows two boys escape from a childhood of drugs alcohol and crime. The two boys are younger versions of the main singer and his childhood friends, they experience the rush and thrill of committing illegal acts, but unfortunately comes to an end of betrayal.


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Shine- Years & Years

The video below is a song I consider a possible choice for my music video.

The video depicts a young boy in a house, which appears to be burning. The lyrics explain his experience of falling in love, “it’s you that I’ve been waiting to find”. The house is a metaphor for the feelings he feels.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A2 Media Studies

I have now begun my A2 Media Studies project

“the course work aspect of A2 contains a media portfolio, compromising a main and ancillary texts as well as a presentation of research, planning and evaluation, which will all be published on this blog.”

After reading and discussing the 12 options of this of coursework briefs, I have chosen to work on my own to produce the following:

Music video.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Adding more pictures

John Anderson, year 11, has brought it to my attention that my front cover looks a bit bare, therefore I have decided to add some more stories and pictures onto my front cover. I created 3 covers that I was happy with, I then asked John to pick one. The following pictures are the options I gave John.


Website Link.

After doing research I have decided to add a website link to my magazine. This will help the reader keep in touch with my magazine, and also widens my audience so I can attract more people. I got the idea from looking at the 'Rock Sound' Magazine, they have a lot of interactive resources and material on their website.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

What do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?- Part One.

I have also learnt of the importance of market research; this allows me to target my audience and find out what my audience think about my product, allowing me to change it. My reader profile also helps establish how I should be tailoring my magazine.




Wednesday, 5 April 2017

What have you learnt about new technologies from the process of creating this product?




I have published the work I've created and the theory, planning and evaluation of it onto a blog via the website www.blogger.com. This has allowed me to be the Prosumer of my work. A Prosumer is someone who is a producer of work and is then able to also consume their work. Web 2.0 allows to be a producer of my work for an internet audience as well as a consumer of work published on the net.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Price change




After looking at other magazines, I have established that the price for my magazine is too cheap. in the industry prices can range from £2.50-£4.50, I decided to go for a median. I have decided on £3.49, the 49p makes the magazine look cheaper than it actually is. I think the price is justifiable because most magazines retail at about £4.00, so this is a cheap alternative. This also means that £3.49 a week is a bit much for students, my primary target audience, therefore I will be issuing my magazine monthly.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

In ways does my media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?- Front Cover.


Question 1:


In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?


Front cover:

When producing my front cover, I found inspiration and ideas from the covers of specific issues of ‘Alternative Press’ and ‘Billboard’ magazines. I used them as style models, some aspects of my magazine replicate these magazine covers. Although I have re-created and changed many aspects of the style model magazines, some aspects of my design resemble the aforementioned magazines. I have changed them enough to fit my own house style, brand and magazine structure to show off my skills and adaptation ability. 


As displayed in ‘Billboard’ magazine, my masthead is displayed across the top of the front cover. This is a typical convention as it shows that there is nothing placed above it that may be of higher importance, the magazine brand is essential to stand out and be easily recognisable to catch the reader’s eye and it also publicises the magazine in shops. 


Also, the masthead is in a rectangle, much like the square shaped one in selected ‘Billboard’ magazine. This is to allow the branding of the magazine to appear bold and clear on top of a busy front cover, however like the other two the masthead is layered slightly under the main image. 


The model on my front cover is shot as a medium close up. I tried shooting many different distances and angles, but I found this one was the most effective. The model is looking out to the reader and catches their eyes, which draws them in. I wanted to do this because I felt it was important to have something to catch the attention of the reader.


The artists name is the biggest font on the page, apart from the Masthead. I did this to ensure central focus is on the feature artist, which I assume is the aim of ‘Billboard’ and ‘Alternative Press’. I decided to challenge the style models by adding a small band of writing at the bottom of the page, this is known as a plug. I didn’t want the cover to appear too cluttered as I didn’t think it would suit my house style, so I put all the information needed on my front cover into boxes.

Style Model:                                       My Magazine:
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In ways does my media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?- Double Page.


Question 1: 


In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?


Content Page:


I feel the most important feature of the content page in a music magazine should be the main article, of which is featured on the cover too. Therefore, I wanted to have the focus on that main article, so I added a picture of the artist to my content page and wrote a small extract from the article. Which is used in both of the style model magazines. I also added some smaller cut-out pictures and references to other less important articles.


The style models both have very organised structured layouts, I wanted to confront this. I took inspiration from a different magazine, I layered text under all of of the content on the page. I wanted to do this because I felt it gave the magazine a more cluttered effect without messing it up. Making it feel like the audience is receiving more for their money.


Another factor that is mirrored from my style models is the magazine branding being placed in the top of the page. This is the same place as on my front cover. I did this because it maintains the clear house branding of my magazine, as well as it being clear cut in the corner which is emphasised by the rectangle shape so the sides are parallel to the edges of the page.



During the research phase of my project I discovered a technique that I have used to emphasise and highlight the subheadings and content lists. It is used more in the ‘NME’ magazine than any of my style models. I wanted to makes their importance stand out and contributes to the block theme that I’ve previously used.



Wednesday, 4 January 2017

In ways does my media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? - Content Page.


Question 1: 


In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?


Content Page:


I feel the most important feature of the content page in a music magazine should be the main article, of which is featured on the cover too. Therefore, I wanted to have the focus on that main article, so I added a picture of the artist to my content page and wrote a small extract from the article. Which is used in both of the style model magazines. I also added some smaller cut-out pictures and references to other less important articles.


The style models both have very organised structured layouts, I wanted to confront this. I took inspiration from a different magazine, I layered text under all of of the content on the page. I wanted to do this because I felt it gave the magazine a more cluttered effect without messing it up. Making it feel like the audience is receiving more for their money.

Another factor that is mirrored from my style models is the magazine branding being placed in the top of the page. This is the same place as on my front cover. I did this because it maintains the clear house branding of my magazine, as well as it being clear cut in the corner which is emphasised by the rectangle shape so the sides are parallel to the edges of the page.
 


During the research phase of my project I discovered a technique that I have used to emphasise and highlight the subheadings and content lists. It is used more in the ‘Rock Sound’ magazine than any of my style models. I wanted to makes their importance stand out and contributes to the block theme that I’ve previously used.