These are the images for our first draft of the digipak. For some reason we couldn’t export the full template from Indesign, but the images are the appropriate size to the digipak sizes.
This was our first photo shoot for the digipak. We had clear intentions in what themes we wanted to convey, but we didn’t have a clear vision of how we would actually create them.
Organisation played a key role into the production of this photo shoot. All of us knew what to bring, where to be and what tine to be there as well as how much time we should reserve for the shoot. Once the costumes were on, and we tried to light the first smoke pallet – we instantly knew this shoot is going to be great. The weather conditions were perfect for us as well – to create clear lighting and enough shadows to interact with.
After evaluating our setting and the costumes, we now started to pose and act appropriately for the shoot. The themes we wanted to convey were: Rebellious, urban, edgy, angry and mysterious. I feel that we achieved these goals and that these themes are displayed in the images from our shoot. From the MES to the camera angles – everything played a part into conveying these themes.
The images we felt that were the best are below, while we only ended up using 2 of these on the digipak, we will certainly use more while creating the web site.
Above are the contact sheets of all the photos from our shoot. The last contact sheet is the one with the photos we feel most suitable for our digipak. We also though ahead a bit and took some photos that we felt would fit our website.
We didn’t have a ‘Set plan’ for this shoot, I felt that this setting would fit us and that we should improvise on the spot, although this was risky, our shoot for the narrative of our music video had the same planning behind it and that worked out great. I believed that my ideas would work here again, and with the amazing cinematography skills of Owen, the photogenic Jacob and the Bulky Georgi, I knew we couldn’t fail.
I am happy to say that I was right. Our photos were filled with energy, enigma, edge, rebellion and grunge. These themes fit perfectly to what we planned we wanted to achieve. Overall I am very pleased with how our shoot ended up, and I can’t wait to start to Photoshop them and create another great media product.
This is our production meeting agenda for our digipak shoot. Our aims for the shoot are to create artistic images in a abstract scenery – our themes for this shoot are: rebellious, anarchic and edgy. Our intentions are to recreate some culturally recognisable images such as the cover of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. We are determined to utilise our red smoke pallets to create an additional effect that we believe will convey with our themes. This PMA helps us set roles for what everyone needs to bring, where we need to meet and what our creative intentions are for this shoot.
This is our risk assessment. This piece of paperwork is crucial to us understanding what possible danger we face in our location. We went through this list and thought of all possibilities that we need to be most cautious about. We followed the risk assessment to fault and no one ended up being in danger for a second during our shoot.
These are the mock ups of my groups digipak for our band ‘Exile’ and it’s album ‘Dioxide’. We kept the images simple yet good enough to be conveyed appropriately with the genre of alternative rock. Before we started creating this mock up, we researched the conventions of the genre on album and single covers. This greatly helped us understand what we need to create in order to compete with other bands within the genre, and even stand out to create this band unique within its conventions.
We chose our colour scheme to be mainly black and red, we did this as we thought it looked the best out of the options we had. These colours represent grunge, edge, conflict and rebellion which are all themes that are conveyed with the genre. As a part of our M.E.S., we decided that we would include red smoke to compliment our themes, the band and the general colour scheme.
We chose these images based on the content we’ve seen in other digipaks of bands/artists of the same genre. The general anarchic vibes that these images create goes hand in hand with what we would love to recreate for our real digipaks. The quirky images on the inside are conventional to the genre, as graphics usually take around 50% of the show as far as alternative rock concept art goes. This means that we will have to use a great amount of Photoshop in our final piece in order to achieve a high Level 4 grade.
Overall, these images are a taster to what we want to create, we are ambitious with this project but strongly believe that we can achieve our goals. The concepts we have created are conventional to the target audience of our band and the genre itself. This means that our product will fit in seamlessly within the genre, but it will also be unique enough to stand out in this heavily populated genre of music.
Here are some creative mood boards that me and my team came up with. We feel like these both convey themes that our band portrays. These all contain something that I believe we can use for the creation of our digipak, shades, symbols or just conventions of all of these colours, images and items have something which I believe conveys with our genre of music, and more importantly – the band we are creating.
Creating these mood boards has made me realise what kind pf colours, themes and costumes we need to represent out band and the genre in the digipaks. The connotations I have learnt from these mood boards are anarchic, rebellious and urban, which I believe represent our band the most.
Here is the assessment criteria for the Digipaks. I will analyse them through this scheme which includes:
- Shot framing/variety – shots are marked based in their complexity and creativity as well as based on how well they fit in, or if they have been specifically planned out with creative intention.
- Mise – En – Scene – Every element should reflect the genre and themes that were intended to be conveyed.
- Text – The text is crucial in creating a product that conveys the genre to it’s audience clearly. Text covers the layout, the font, text size and the language used in the text.
- Use of software – This area covers photo manipulation and general appropriate use of ICT.
Above is a previous student’s digipak. The students achieved a L4 mark for this project, this is the level I aspire to achieve with my produce.
- Firstly I will analyse the shot quality and variety for this project. There is good shot variety as each photo has included the artist, and every shot of them is of different variety. The front cover has used an interesting medium shot of the star to cover the central part of the digipak, whereas the back cover has used close up to capture the star, and then using Photoshop, they have made the character transparent. My personal favourite image of this digipak is that of the front cover – it’s quite quirky and eye catching due to their use of a green screen like cover to block the face of the artist out. This is a interesting trait that instantly stands out. The use of colours is also interesting – the star is dressed in a suit, whereas the setting is a beach – this is quite unconventional and encodes that the artist/album are unique and interesting. To achieve a L4 mark in cinematography, the photos must be taken intentionally with an artistic purpose – the framing and the shots should have a clear sense of purpose to them. I believe this has achieved that because all the shots are different from one another, and like the front cover for example – have an artistic approach to them that makes them stand out. The inside left photo for example, it has a close up of what I presume is the artist’s face with blue tint splattered on his face. This creates an enigma surrounding the album.
- Mise – En – Scene. In order for this product to achieve a L4 grade – every element of M.E.S. should connote the genre, themes, tones etc. I believe that this digipak achieves this grade due to how the four images feel connected to one another – there is a sense that they all are from the same album/artist. They all look conventional to the same genre, and have a sense of identity to one another. Alongside the blue and grey fonts – the setting represents these fonts as well with similar shades and details. Overall being very abstract. The costumes also, although displayed rarely have a sense of purpose to them – it all looks the part of one project which is essential in creating a valid product.
- The Text is very minimalist in this digipak. This conveys to the genre as this whole product is quite minimalist, but sometimes less is more. In order for this product to surpass the L4 criteria, it needs to be conveyed as if the artist is expressing themselves through it, it needs to be consistent and integrated seamlessly. I feel that they achieved this as the product – visually – looks peaceful and quiet. The lack of text conveys this. There is just enough of it to go by, the song titles, the album title and the name of the band/artist – but nothing more.
- The colours of the album have a blue and grey theme to them. Every colour featured is a shade of these two which seems to be a convention of this digipak. They have a sense of meaning in that the colour blue which conveys depth and wisdom, and grey which can stand for dull or formal – connote these emotions with the album/performer. I think this helped the product achieve a L4 mark because these traits connect with one another – the themes of this digipak convey these emotions, due to the colours, characters, MES and all of the categories above – which is crucial in creating a product.
After analysing this digipak, I now feel like I have a better grasp on what is expected for a L4 product. I feel more comfortable as now I have learnt how important making the connections between the images is. I am now ready to create my own product.
A digipack is a album cover essentially. It represents the conventions of the genre, the band and themes that the titles of the album are going to cover. This is expressed through conventional themes such as iconography, using idols, the colour scheme and fonts as well as inserting some unconventional themes to stand out within the genre.
During the process of analysing this digipack I learnt a lot about the generic conventions of them and what they are used for. In the presentation above I have analysed the digipack of the band’s Fallout Boy most iconic album. I chose this as the band is known for creating content of the same genre with their own twist on it. I tried to decipher what the intentions of the artwork was, as well as recognising the generic qualities of a digipack. I have learnt more about digipack and how they are created to attract it’s audience in order to gain popularity and sales through the use of traits I mentioned above.