My magazine has most definitely improved since the start of it’s production, which I would most certainly expect due to the hours I spent evolving it. I feel that the best way of realizing this improvement is by looking at the difference between my 1st and final draft, and comparing them.
The difference between the two front covers are massive, I think that my final draft looks a lot more professional than my first draft. Reasons for this is how the model is cut out. I took a lot more effort into editing the image that I wanted to be on my front cover, I feel that now the image looks much more professional due to it looking cleaner. The biggest change I made to it was the fact that I made the image and background black and white, which I feel makes the red of the text and shaped stand out more, which looks really good as a page.
So far I am really pleased with how my Music Magazine ‘Beatz’ has evolved since the start. I feel that my front page is really strong, it keeps a consistent colour scheme and I feel that the image is photoshopped well so that it looks at a professional level. I think this has been one of the most challenging factors of creating my magazine, it is such a lengthy process, especially when you have to cut around hair and jewellery. Since the start of making the front cover, the masthead has been really strong, in terms of it being bold and matching the genre hip hop. There has been a lot of work into placing the text and changing text styles, but now I feel at a point that it is at a suitable level.
I am still having trouble with making my contents page to an acceptable standard, since the start I have always had a solid page structure for each one of my pages other than my contents page, this is the reason I have struggled in making it. The masthead I feel is weak in comparison to the front page, and I need to spend more time cutting out the image or my model as so far it looks unprofessional and poorly edited. I also feel that I need to add another image to make the page more interesting, I feel that it is quite basic and doesn’t convey my brand well enough.
I feel that my double page spread is also really strong. I feel that when I got the article into it, it made it easier for me to shape my page as I knew from the article what I wanted to portray, which was discrimination against black people by the police. I’ve always found writing one of my strong points, this was furthered by me having taken English as an A-level. Through this I feel my article for the double page spread is really good even if I do say so myself. The image that I chose to be on my double page spread contains leading lines which are a technical camera term which we discussed earlier in the year, I also feel that it captures the image of a hip hop artist which is what I was really trying to aim to do.
QUESTION 2: SO… HOW DOES YOUR PRODUCT ENGAGE WITH AUDIENCES AND HOW WOULD IT BE DISTRIBUTED AS A REAL MEDIA TEXT?
This is our second Creative Critical Reflection of our music magazine. We made a video through filming ourselves with a written script, we then put the footage in WeVideo where there was a template of Mr Gregson and Mrs Cobb having already filmed themselves asking the questions and reacting to them. We had to learned to edit our footage and break it up so our answers followed the questions that had been asked.
Following the working and editing on my front cover, my design skills have become advanced following the first few drafts of my double page spread and contents page.
It was enjoyable playing around with tools, one tool that became particularly effective was the drop shadow. I used this on my contents page to make the page more interesting, as well as using on the double page spread to make text look bolder and highlighted on the page. Firstly, I used it on the text ‘Macy J’, to make it stand out more on the page as her name should be highlighted, this is so that the viewer is aware of her status. It is used again on the ‘B’, to do the same job as the contents page, it makes the letter bolder, but also make the page more interesting, I did this because the feedback on the article page was that it was boring.
In my double page spread I found myself changing the masthead very often as it didn’t fit my genre of Hip Hop. I have now come to a masthead that I feel fits in really well with my magazine.
Although the text style is simple what really makes the masthead effective is the colour scheme. My double page spread is based on racism, more specifically police discrimination. This is highlighted by many Hip Hop artists as Hip Hop is generally a black industry. I have chosen the colour black for the words ‘hip hop’ to represent Hip Hop as being a black industry. The word ‘police’ is blue as the police are associated with the colour blue due to their blue uniform. I thought that this has worked really well in making the page more conventional and creating a better link to Hip Hop. This was all made through basic Indesign technical skills.
Creating the front cover of my magazine has proved deceivingly difficult, what you see from face value is just an image and text around it, however since creating one myself I have discovered the difficulty in the design skills you must acquire. Beginning with photoshop, I discovered how to alter the brightness and tones of the image which has to work for the theme of my magazine. I wanted my image to look sassy and intimidating which I did my making the image dark and the cutting out of the model roughly. I made the image dark and ended up making the front cover image black and white. One of the images in my contents page I made darker with a tint of blue to keep the colour scheme consistent.
The decision I made for my front cover was that it needed to be bold and intimidating, like you had to be chosen to read this magazine, that you were a part of a movement against the system. I did this through having a bold masthead which was just a simple red colour with a big, bold font. The majority of hip hop magazines that I found on the internet tended to be quite basic in terms of effects and colours. Because of this I kept a pretty basic, consistent colour scheme.
The skill I am most pleased with evolving is the cutting out of the image. The first few times that I cut out my model were quite jagged and rough, this did not look professional at all. Over the time period in which we have evolved our magazines I really feel that I have succeeded in learning how to cut my models out of an image.
Another skill that I have acquired over this time has been using the rectangular tool which is then filled in to a colour of my choice which matches the colour scheme of my page. I have used this tool quite frequently to make the page more interesting and to break up the page better.
This is an extremely exciting period in our Media Studies life at the moment. We are being given a lot of freedom in terms of making our own costumes, taking our own photos and creating our star.
In our recent tasks we have basically designed our star through making a collage of clothes we wish out model to wear. I have made a collage of clothes and accessories so that I have a basic layer of how I want my model to look. I have already found many items of clothing including a white fur coat, a golden choker, a fur hat and golden coloured rings and necklaces. With my photo shoot coming up it is essential that I find the perfect costume as soon in the coming days.
I have also taken into account the actual photography during the shoot. I will be playing around with the high and low-key lighting, to determine which works best for my image. Mise-en-scene is the key factor to be taken into account as it uses all factors of having a successful image. I have chosen the makeup specifically to fit the hip hop genre.
We have covered a lot in Media Studies in the last weeks which I feel have been the biggest challenge so far. I feel that so far I have found using Indesign and Photoshop the hardest task so far, due to it’s many tools at hand. I have thoroughly enjoyed making my tour poster which I now look upon with pride. It was certainly a struggle when being introduced to photoshop due to it’s nature of cropping you head off with one accidental move of your mouse! I have really taken into detail how key one change to your work can capture the interest of your audience or lose them, how critical each text style and colour can be. I have found it really interesting when playing around with the tools on indesign, editing the image of the model to make it more tuned to your genre.
Upcoming, we have a music magazine to produce which will test my skills I have acquired so far. I believe this will be a really enjoyable task, to start feeling more like a media professional. I feel that there are most certainly challenges ahead when creating our own magazines, I believe the most prominent one I the photoshoot itself. Although it is not as technical as the work on Indesign or Photoshop, I feel that capturing the model to look a part of your genre is a very tricky area. I think it will be key to find the costume that you wish your model to wear early on, and then evolve it, adding every fine detail to make it as much of an image associated with you genre as possible. I also feel that creating the lighting and environment in the photoshoot will prove difficult because we only spent a little amount of time studying this area.