This is my mood board I created to show examples of the Mise-en-scene that makes up the genre of punk. As you can see, one of the main points of the punk look stands out is the hair- usually it is dyed with bright colours (or a different colour) and is styled very differently to the normal hairstyle. The usual hairstyle to have completely shaved sides of the head and a massive Mohawk or either spiked out with hair gel.
The denotations for the punk genre are: studs, bright hair, geld hair, tartan trousers, ripped jeans, leather/denim jacket, suspenders, an attitude, combat boots, safety pins. The connotations for these are because they need to have an act kept up of aggression and that they are careless and rebel to society’s norms.
The picture below is of my partner after we attempted to use parts of other costumes to create the punk look. I think that the turn-out of this look didn’t go that great- because we couldn’t find many items that contributed to the theme. However what we did find was a coloured wig which punks have brightly coloured hair (also some have long hair too).
Punks also wear a lot of checked/tartan so we chose the over sized checked jacket, moreover, we stayed to the trouser and shoe colour of black as they wear a lot of the colour as it resembles danger, evil and menace. His body language is slumped and connotes a lazy, moody and careless person. Moreover, he has a deathly stare right into the camera which makes the audience feel threatened.
Adjectives that denote to this picture are: edgy, hardcore, scary, careless, reckless, rebellious, unanimated and dark.
After researching and testing the punk genre and looking into their behaviour and the way they dress, we have put together a costume and decided on what camera angles and shots we should take to get the best result. For the costume, he is wearing: black, ripped skinny jeans, white, scruffy converse a top which had ‘London Calling’ written across it (which fitted in perfectly with the British punk theme), a denim jacket with the sleeves ripped off, badges and pins (stickers), and then we also spiked up his hair to create the Mohawk look and then finally sprayed his hair green, so it fitted the bright hair colour trend that they follow.
For the lighting, I used: a key light- this is used as the main source of lighting as it points directly at the person, a fill light- which fills in the rest of the light that the key light misses, and a back light- this form of lighting is stationed towards the back so there isn’t as much shadow from the key and fill light. We used these three lights so we could have a bright light that makes the punk character stand out. The lighting is bold which connotes the genre of punk as they are extremely bold with their: hair, clothes, piercings, and attitude.
Lots of thought went into looking at what body language and positions he should possess for the shoot as we wanted the pictures to come out as punk-like as possible. Ideas that we had to create this was to firstly keep the facial impression angry and moody looking and not to smile because this would give off being friendly and inviting which is the opposite impression of what we want. Another thing that I noticed was that in a photo; everything was given through the person’s body language therefore we went for a more slouched and careless impression. Also, showing violence fits in with the genre of punk perfectly- this lead us to take some mid-action shots of him kicking the box and smashing the guitar.
For his punk-themed makeup I used eyeliner around his eyes and smudged it a bit, this creates an edgy and threatening vibe. The reason for me smudging the eyeliner was so he perceived to be furthermore carefree and so he would look more roughed up. The only props that we used was a roughed up black box for him to sit/stand/mess around on, and a guitar. The guitar fits in really well with the Punk genre as the majority are mainly musically invloved and see music as a passion, therefore this resembles the theme tremendously.
Below, is the picture I have chosen for the front cover of the magazine. I’ve chosen this particular picture because it includes the majority of the ideals that a Punk guy would possess, for example: The green, spiked up hair, the eyeliner, a moody and scowling look, the ripped jeans being in focus suggest his carelessness, his body language is also slumped, and the dog collar adds the idea of rebellion. The fists connote to violence, also creating a sense of anger. And the writing on the fists ‘PUNK ROCK’ shows the audience straight away what this magazine is going to be about.
The camera angle is a mid shot and is lower down to make him more intimidating and a threat.