Here is our first draft for the digipak. We have the basis for the full front, insides and back of the digipak. We have yet to develop the spine as part of the album.
I think we did a good job showing each side of the digipak as part of the folder. Despite the limited space we have to work with, it really looks like you’re cracking open a case file, though we don’t actually having any files to look at yet.
And now, a brief self assessment.
- Looks like an authentic case file
- mastered the conspiracy aesthetic while making it look more professional (like a real FBI case file)
- Addition of different styles of paper breaks up the image
- Lighting is on point
- big fan of the red paper clips
- Relevant band name, album cover and songs to match
What Needs to Be Done?
- Put relevant (copyright free) articles on the blank sheets of paper
- minor aesthetic changes like adding a coffee stain on some of the paper
- Authentic FBI watermark
- Make the casefile look more handled
Use of camera and Photoshop to take & manipulate engaging images
While our images are nothing super complex, it’s still important that our images are of good quality and we have a distinct variety. In producing our digipak I believe we succeeded in this aspect. Many Images were taken, with varying angles and experimental lighting so we had variety to choose from. Our props are well framed and arranged well in order to integrate other images into the design in photoshop.
Selection and Mise-En-Scene in the photos and the meaning it communicates
I think our mise-en-scene is very easily communicated to the viewer. Immediately when looking at the digipak you know that there is a case, a case to be solved. The words “CONFIDENTIAL” impose a sense of importance to said case and draws the viewer into the mystery. When you open the file up you will (in the future the images aren’t there yet) discover a large array of files, some scribbled on top of and others in big bold text screaming about aliens, with some various UFO imagery. The inside cover just drives home to the audience the sense of a greater conspiracy. The back cover, maintains the aesthetic whilst reading off a track list for the band. Yet is also done in an impersonal way, separate from the case file as a post-it note so as to not break the immersion.
Creative Use of DTP to integrate images and text and use colour/typefaces
I really enjoy our use of typefaces, it really brings together our mise-en-scene. For example, on the front cover, the confidential stamp was achieved by taking a fitting font and added some overlays of grungy textures to make it look like an authentic stamp one would see used on an FBI case file and I think we achieved this perfectly. Beyond the stamp, the only other form of type face is and will be handwritten. Aspects such as the band name and song names are handwritten, showing that they’ve been written over by someone, adding to the mise en scene of it being a handled case file.
Overall I enjoy the direction this current draft is going. Our mise en scene is strong and our ideas for post production are looking to be heading in a direction which really bolsters our current themes.