A New Improved Front Page…

One target I received was that there was too much text compared to the amount of images. This has now changed as there is a more appropriate split between the two. Another was the proportions of the model, the actual main cover star image has actually been changed and I have ensured that the proportions are correct. Next, I was told more photo-shopping was needed to ensure all photos looked professional and this has been corrected as all the images are of higher airbrushed quality. The background is also now more appropriate to the main cover star and fits in more nicely.

Draft 1 – The Front Page…

Here is my first draft of the front page:…LILLI-2lsx9k6

I then gained some feedback and reflection from a fellow peer:

  • I was told to edit the pugs as they were not completely professional-looking and to possibly change their colours. I may also change the shape of the hexagon as it is not entirely appropriate.
  • I need to edit much of the text, for example “Lilli Rose” I could outline in red and possibly change the font so it stands out, and change the colour of “headlines wembley”.
  • The text surrounding the model needs to be changed as the colouring may not work as the colour behind it changes from the black of the models clothing to the blue background.
  • I will add many more pugs filled with images from the inside as well as insets and plugs to make the page look more full.
  • I have been advised to look into the proportions of the model as she looks stretched as well as having a brief white outline which needs to be removed.
  • I need to do more work in photoshop to the image in terms of airbrushing and editing out the white lines surrounding her.
  • In terms of the background, it does not quite work with the image and I need to merge her into the background to make it seem more connected.
  • Some of the text is quite dull and could be more appropriate to the genre, there is also slightly too much in terms of a text to image ratio.

 

Early Mock-Ups x3

Front cover, contents and double page spread lick & stick mock-up:

The purpose of completing these were so we had a template for when we actually create our magazine on Indesign, it gives us a clear route map of how and what to include on each page. Continue reading

First Shoot Contact Sheet(s)….

I deem our photoshoot as successful. We met the recommendations of our production meeting in terms of props and costumes and took a variety of mid, long and close-up shots. We had a slight issue with the flash on our camera as it failed to work, so a lot of our photos look quite dark, however this can be easily corrected in Adobe Photoshop with the ‘Auto-Colour’ feature.

So… I am ready to photograph my star…

With all the preparation complete, I am finally ready to photograph my star for my front cover, the contents and double-page spread.  For my front cover image, I will be using to mid shot of my star, this will mean the main focus will be on my main cover stars face and their main attributes highlighting their genre and I can ensure that they portray the right type of mise-en-scene my magazine is trying to convey. The lighting will be a mixture of high-key and low-key lighting to demonstrate different key themes of pop music.

We will be using a significant amount of makeup surrounding the eyes and lips to portray a true diva-styled pop star. She will be wearing an attractive dress to highlight youth and the contemporary atmosphere surrounding the genre of pop.

Star Image…

Girls Aloud have an overall positive media representation. Positive headlines such as, “Girls Aloud and Rolling Stones make Guinness World Records”, indicate high success and also being associated with a famous band as the Rolling Stones gives favorable connotations. They also have a Facebook page giving thanks to their loyal fans, this paints them in a pleasing light giving them an overall pragmatic meta-narrative. However, the group has also taken a hit from negative press, “Cheryl hints at Girls Aloud reunion despite bitter split”, this may discourage their fans and irritate other band members. The video featured in the bottom right is of them winning the ‘British Single of the Year’ award. There, they are represented as thankful and respectful of those helping them, boosting their ‘paradox of the star’. They use various extraordinary costumes in their music videos, for example the red dresses at the top, this adds to their unusual meta-narrative.

Here follows each Girls Aloud single, with ideas of makeup and costume for my star:

From my star image analysis, here are the following attributes of my model’s costume, hair and makeup (there are also props featured on the second slide):

Mast Head Designs

Here are three ideas for my masthead typefaces:

The first is fully in bold and would be easy for the reader to notice it. The colours are appropriate for ‘air’play and it looks quite professional. On the other hand, some of the letters can be quite difficult to interpret and make it not so appropriate to use.

The second does not have quite an ‘airy’ feel, however it still looks quite professional and has the colour blue heavily featured. I think it would be more appropriate for a metal or rock magazine rather than a pop one.

The third is rather appropriate as it follows the air theme, it also looks like an american billboard-sign associated with popular music. The colour scheme fits nicely but only on a black background which maybe hard to incorporate with my main cover star and background, however I had the idea to have the background bright blue sky at the bottom, fading upwards to dark blue and then black, as a demonstration of the sky and space.

 

Communicating Our Brand…

Here are several ideas that we could use for our magazine. The title of the magazine, is ‘Airplay’, and below shows different fonts we could use for the masthead. Some of the typefaces displayed below are based on part of the magazine title, ‘air’ is shown in a wispy style to coincide with the heading. I have also displayed various colour schemes, blue (again to match the sky/air theme), purple to connote and powerful yet lighthearted genre, and also displayed are various artists we may be able to include in our magazine – Katy Perry, The Vamps, Girls Aloud, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Beyonce, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran and Lorde. Firstly here is the moodboard:

Secondly, my pinterest pinboard: