Our next step was to sign up into wix.com and choose our template that we thought best fitted our genre. We decided to choose “indie.music.blog’ as it has similar colours to our digipak and music video.
Now that we have produced a music video and digipak, we had to do a lot of research into analysing professional webpages to see what conventions are needed and how we are going to present it to our audience. When analysing a professional music magazine and a professional webpage, I found a few similarities for example; the positioning of the masthead, specific fonts that is fitted to the specific genre and a main star image. But a webpage is more complex has there are more things added to it to make it a webpage than a music video for example; a webpage has navigation buttons to be able to navigate specific things and there can be live videos and photos.
For another music video task, we had to make a montage of an average normal school day. A montage is a technique of selecting, editing and piecing together separate sections of film to form a continuous whole. As a pair we went around school recording Megan’s typical school day. We filmed each video long and then cut them down to about 3 seconds per clip. We edited this by using Premiere. This is a really helpful task as it gives us an insight of putting clips together in an order that will work and make sense.
- I have used the following camera techniques; close ups, mid-shots, two-shot, long shot and wide shot.
- I used these techniques to create a sense of relationship between the two of them.
- I have learnt to use the following continuity editing rules; pan, two-shot, shot reverse shot, composition and fast cutting speed.
- I used these rules to illustrate the anger between mark and patrice and to not go past the 180 degree rule.
- I have learnt to use the following tools/techniques in Premiere Pro such as cutting a video, exporting the video onto YouTube and embedding it into my blog and bringing the clip together into one continuity clip.
- I used these tools t0 help the audience to understand the 180 degree rule and not to go beyond it as the actors will be on different sides and it won’t look like they will be having a conversation.
- If I was to do this project again I would do some things differently; I would start off with an establishing shot to illustrate what I’ll be filming, use more close ups to demonstrate their reactions.
We made this contact sheet to show how we used different shutter speeds for different photo shots. For example, we put the shutter speed to the highest for image 59 so it wasn’t blurry. Each of these photos tells a different story and how the distance and angles mean different things. Some of the camera techniques I used are the rule of thirds, close ups, long shots, wide angles, cantered angles and POV.
An extreme long shot illustrates isolation and abandonment whereas an extreme close up represents friendliness and openness. A high angle represents vulnerability and helplessness whereas a low angle portrays the idea of power and superior.
By experimenting with the different shutter speeds, angles and distance, this will help me with my music magazine as I can then use a photo that will engage the reader and makes them feel what the artist is feeling.
As you can see, this is a moodboard I made on GoBoard.com. We went around the school taking photos of things and people that went underneath the categories; angle, distance and composition. We then picked our three favourites for each category and these were the ones that we liked the most. The first, second and seventh are angle shots. The third, eighth and ninth are composition and the fourth, fifth and sixth are distance. I hash-tagged connotations for what each photo means to the audience.
My personal favourite is bottom middle as it gives the impression of loneliness and helplessness. It also gives the sense of not being in the same world as everyone else and doesn’t quite fit in with everyone else. It looks like he is trapped in a separate world and asking for help.
My other favourite is the middle one as he looks quite sinister and evil. The picture has a blurred background which makes us look at the person first and makes him stand out. It is a mid close up and a POV angle which engages the reader more.
We used the same professional magazine cover to create our own copy of it using indesign. I tried to match the font, colour and size to the professional one but I found it hard to copy it exactly as I didn’t know what font they used.
The parts I found hard to match the original magazine was the picture. The picture didn’t fit the page properly so it is very squished widthways and stretched lengthways. The picture also looks very flat and 2D which doesn’t make the picture stand out. I will need to put a drop shadow to make it look 3D. Another thing I didn’t know how to do was to put a black outline around the NME so it doesn’t look as bold as the original.
The things I was happy about were the proportions and colours of the writing. The writing needed to be a bit bigger and bolder in some areas but the masthead I think looks very much like the original but it has to be a bit bolder. I also think the background went well with a lighter middle and getting darker towards the edge however the colours aren’t the same as the original.
As you can see we have made a post it note mock up of this magazine with all the technical features on, for example the masthead, plugs, pugs and so on. The main cover line is very bright and bold compared to the background and the insets which makes the cover line stand out.
I now know that the main cover line and the main image has to be big and stand out so that we know what the magazine is about, This will help me with my magazine cover as I now know the layout of the magazine cover and what needs to stand out and what needs to stay back in order to attract the right thing.
Molly and I created a mood board representing the Western and Country genre that inspired us. As you can see western and Country includes cowboy hats and boots, guitars, checkered shirts, plaits and jeans. You can also see the setting of this type of genre which is very country like and this genre reminds me of farmers because of the way they are dressed and the scenery.
We put together a few costumes to see which one worked best and this was the outcome. She is wearing a cowboy hat, high boots, a side bag and a fur coat. We also plaited her hair to make her look more country like.
As a class, we decided on a few adjectives that describes the Country and Western genre. These are some of the ideas that occurred to the class:
We made a contact sheet to show all the different kinds of poses a country and western person does. We took photos at different angles to experiment with the lighting and to see which angle worked best. We also took photos with and without props to get the feel of the country life.
Please click below to see my contact sheet.
I chose this photo because it portrays the best country genre. She looks very happy and relaxed which implies that country and western music is more relaxed than rock or punk or hip hop. Seeing her smiling and looking happy makes the country and western music feel happy and bright.