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Category: Preliminary Print Tasks

My Tour Poster

Kanye 2020

In my search to become the ultimate rapper of all time it occurred to me that I should probably look for inspiration. So I took a sample set of six different posters relating to my assigned genre (rap) and tried to figure out what made them tick. I came to the conclusion that the aesthetic given off by the posters is that of rebelliousness but also humbleness; not particularly flashy but also says “I’m my own person”. Five out of 6 samples used very straight fonts, very simplistic and blocky. Four samples used very simplistic designs, using very little information that is, while relevant, short and sweet to the point allowing the artist to take center stage.

Using this information, I created my own rap poster, using the likeness of my former colleague Zoe, I created something that took the idea of simplicity and created my own brand of Rap Phantom (Copyright 2020 all rights reserved ©).  Using a similar font scheme and concept of the rappers taking center stage I created both a great inside joke and a somewhat decent poster.

 

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My Magazine Front Page Swede

Today I learnt how to plagiarize other people’s work 🙂

What I actually learnt was how to use Adobe InDesign, continue my knowledge on Photoshop and learn to make do with what you have. Now, you may be thinking, “That’s Noel Gallagher from the early 2000s this isn’t accurate” and to that I say: yeah. Finding images online that aren’t already provided to me by the company I’m working for turns out to be quite difficult so I was forced to make do with what I had and all things considered, I feel I captured a similar Mise-en-scene to that of the original. Aspects like the masthead and the main cover image reflect a similar air to that of the original whilst not having the original resources such as font and images of the musicians; cover lines that stick out and are informative, etc.

Quick breakdown of my work vs. the original:

Pros

  • All Relevant information presented
  • Similar font and colour scheme conveys the same messages
  • (Minus the low resolution pictures) Image conveys a similar message

Cons

  • Colours are off in some places
  • forgot the date on the logo
  • Spacing between letters is off in some places
  • Ideally Damon would be in front of the logo however the switching between Photoshop and InDesign proved this to be difficult.
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The Camera Talks

Wait, what?

After having followed a few of my fellow classmates around for the better part of 2 hours and taking over 100 total pictures, I sorted through nine of them for your convenience and labelled them according to what each shot contained. This included what kind of shot it was, what the shot contains and what the viewer could infer from the shot. Utilising and touching on aspects of mise-en-scene and the type of shots I took, I was able to tweak these shots to tell their own story.

Hopefully when coming to my magazine I can fully utilise all these aspects as I have here to create a magazine cover with a denotation that is easy to derive and is relevant to what the magazine is about.

 

Technical Camera Terms

Three weeks into media studies and I’m finally producing some decent media.

Working a camera is like raising a child, one wrong move and your shot at making something good is gone. Then your camera proceeds to rebel against the societal norm and angrily smoke saying “You’re not my real dad”

I digress, it’s hard, there’s much to consider when making a shot. Framing , aperture, the ISO, shutter speed to control many factors such as lighting, angle, what the shot represents and other vague aspects that a shot may entail. These aspects are highly important because it changes the message of the scene dependent on these aspects. For instance, Levi putting his thumb up at the camera can be portrayed as a nice gesture, but given darker lighting and a close-up view it could seem more sinister, make the viewer ask questions like “what are his intentions?” as he is the main focus. That said, it’s really important consider these main aspects when making my music magazine, I want people to understand I cover music and in a specific genre I want something lighthearted, maybe a mid-shot of someone happily grooving out for hip-hop or a serious close-up if I want to do a more “hardcore” genre.

My image that uses mise-en-scene to communicate meaning.

I mean it’s not my image, but sure, I guess.

Below I have collaborated with two of my other classmates to represent the mise-en-scene of a rapper. First we created a mood board to fully grasp that which what a rapper is, the “essence” of a rapper in a sense. We took some concepts to fully understand how a rapper acts and should look (with the limited resources we have) and threw our good friend Zoe into the wilderness and uncomfortably pose for our benefit.

The photos below are meant to capture an air of rebellion, of wealth and of independence. We posed Zoe to look towards the camera in most shots and to have an air of dominance because rappers are not depicted as weak, they’re above society, they don’t follow the rules. We also opted to have Zoe wear Jewelry to show that she’s wealthy and gives a better establishment of power and dominance. Finally, Zoe is wearing casual clothing because it show’s that she’s different and doesn’t like following the norm. I believe this manages to capture what we encapsulated on the mood board perfectly and the common conventions relating to rap.

In the last image of this post our class chose some words to collectively describe what Zoe the Rapper™ represented. Ultimately we received four different words: Confident, Rebellious, Expensive and uninterested. Having said that, it shows we managed to perfectly represent what we set out to make.

In terms of my music magazine, it’ll be important to look at what aspects work for my genre, look for community feedback and survey information relating to it. From there I can determine the optimal mise-en-scene for my magazine.

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Print Media That Communicated Meaning

Symbolism is important.

Below shows an annotated copy of a poster advertising a live Muse concert. I have attempted to clearly outline how each bit of text and image convey meaning and draw the reader’s attention. Every bit of space conveys meaning, nothing is wasted and understanding this is essential to when I make my music magazine. Fonts, font size, positioning, what information goes where, what images are used, what aesthetic I want to use, it should all be relevant and have purpose.

To expand on this, all information should fall under a concept called “MES” which encapsulates colours, fonts, images, gesture, body language and lighting in an article and what relevance they have to said article. This is crucial to get across to my audience, what it’s about, what will draw them in, what’s topical, new or relevant to the article. All of these aspects should be considered when choosing what I add to my magazine and is crucial to making it convey a certain narrative in that it should be recognisable in what it is.

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