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So…I am ready to photograph my star

Camera and mise en scene have taught me that even the slightest change in positioning can change the way the audience sees my image. I know to be precise and clear on the message that I want to portray.

Mise en scene and camera will play a huge role during my shoot:

-My model will need a suitable costume to fit the genre

-The correct lighting will need to be used to get the best shot that I can

-The body language and attitude of my model must relate to the genre

-I should interpret some sort of prop into my shoot to portray the alternative style

-I will photoshop my model onto a suitable background (Indigo coloured or colour splat of some sort)

I will use a wide range of camera techniques and angles that I have learnt over the past few weeks. Here are some examples:

-Mid Close Up

-Mid Shot

-Mid Long Shot

-Long Angled Shot

-Long Shot

-High Angled Shot

-Canted Angled

I will put my knowledge of camera techniques and mise en scene into action when doing my shoot in order to improve the overall look of my indie Rock Music Magazine. 



Production Meeting Agenda for 1st Photo Shoot

My overall aims for this shoot are to get a wide range of different shots. I want to experiment with props, lighting, positioning and more. I want my model to look alternative, grunge and quite dark in costume and colour. This is because the background of my music magazine or the title will have a pop of colour to contrast with the darkness of the model. This will look polished and professional. I will be using both the white and black studio.

I want my model’s make up to look vibrant and unique. I have decided to contour all angles of her face in the colour indigo. This will match my colour scheme nicely and relate the the title of my music magazine. I would like this pop of colour to be strongly recognized on the front page. 

My colleague will help me with reflector sheets and with dressing the model as I will need help with make up and hair. 

To help organise all of these decisions and ideas, I have put everything into a Google Document.

Mast Head Designs

These are the mast head designs that I am thinking of using for my music magazine. I am leaning more towards the first title as it looks edgy and unique; which is the style I am trying to portray. I do however love the simplicity of some of the other designs so I will have to see which text works best with my main cover star. 

I love the design of the first masthead because I love the simplicity of it and but it still has it quirks. I also feel like I can do a lot with it and really test myself when editing on Indesign and Photoshop. The dark colour of the text will also stand out against my vibrant background. This will make it look

Star Image

My Cover Star Inspiration

My inspiration for my own cover star is Matty Healy. He is the lead singer in the Indie Rock band the 1975 and produces alternative music that has become very successful over the past few years. I have chosen him as my inspiration because I feel like he perfectly represents the genre that I have chosen. My star image that I have chosen is portrayed as rebellious, up-to-the-minute and trendy. I thought that these elements to his personality should be shown through my cover star. 

My main cover star will not portray a mainstream/ dominant ideology an will instead represent the alternative and quirky side of the music industry. The main cover star will create a complementary meta-narrative on the Indie Rock genre and will communicate positively about the style. She will be edgy, vibrant, alternative, exclusive and individual. 

In my photo shoot, I will be sure to follow the Mise en scene that Matty Healy used in all of his photo shoots.

Here is my styling page on how I will dress my model.

Communicating My Brand

Here, I have researched inspiration for my Music Magazine. As ‘Indigo’ will be edgy and unique, I must create a style that emits this tone.

Here is my Pinterest mood board on some ideas I came up with. I was also able to find a professional magazine that has already been published titled ‘Indie’. I will be taking inspiration from this also.

This is my mood board: (Please click on the image to view my mood board on Pinterest).

The look of this mood board is very edgy and emits an alternative and vibrant tone. It intrigues the reader and catches the audience’s eye due to the pop of colour. The mood board in general looks really unique and definitely appeals to those who do not enjoy ‘basic’ music.

My Audience Profile

Here is a slide show on the research that I did for the genre of Indie Rock:

Here is the Facebook Profile that I created for my target audience:

Knowing my audience is incredibly important because I will need to know how to catch their attention when designing my music magazine.

If my music magazine presents all the key features of the Indie Rock genre, my audience will notice this and be more drawn to it than other magazines.

Branding Ideas + Mission Statement

I have chosen the music genre Indie Rock to create my music magazine as it is music that I listen to in my free time. There are many artists that perform in Indie Rock such as:

-The Arctic Monkeys

-Mumford and Sons

-Florence and the Machine

-The 1975


Indie Rock fans are usually young adults who prefer to listen to alternative styles of music. Indie Rock has been popular since the 1980’s but really started to blossom in the 1990’s when ‘Nirvana’ promoted the style and became a huge, international craze.

The genre generally interprets a lot of acoustic guitar but the style can varies with many different instruments and sounds which is what makes it so unique and likable.

Mission Statement:

My music magazine shall be titled ‘Indigo’ and shall promote the style of Indie Rock music in a modern and unique form. My target audience will be from ages 15-25 and the young demographic will be reading about the current most successful and chart topping Indie Rock artists whilst exploring new musicians trying to make their way into this field of work. 

Indigo’ will promote the style of Indie Rock music in a modern and unique form. The young 15 – 25 year old demographic will read about the current most successful and chart topping Indie Rock artists and explore new musicians trying to make their way into this field. Indigo will release information that will both intrigue and inform the reader in an eye catching, sophisticated and glamorous way and will hook the audience instantly.

Here is my word cloud:

I wanted to create a very simple yet modern looking word cloud as this is the style my music magazine will portray

Creating this word cloud allowed me to gain more knowledge about indie rock and it’s culture. I will be sure to interpret these skills when creating my music magazine.


Previous Student’s Work

In today’s session, I was shown various music magazine copies made by previous students and was told to annotate them. This will help me when creating my very own music magazine. I could see both the good and the bad aspects of these posters and knew that I would have personally stylized them very differently.

Example 1:

In these images, the creators were able to frame the shot really well. The end result looked well placed and accurate. The positioning of everything on the page looked professional. The creators also used a wide range of shots such as landscape shots, mid long shot and close ups to create their magazine.

I would have liked to have seen a few more close ups but in general, they managed to vary their shots well. The mise on scene in these articles were also used very well. For example on slide three, I mentioned that the glass effect they used creates a rebellious tone and emits a dangerous feeling about the article. They did a spectacular job.

In comparison to some of the other articles, these three managed to manipulate their images well and there were no visible mistakes as far as I’m concerned. The images all look very professional.

The language used was also appropriate and engaging. The creators used a positive semantic field to really sell their magazine to customers wanting to feel good about themselves. The students also integrated text and illustration in DTP format very well.

The typeface in the first slide could have been a lot larger. As it is a contents page, the audience needs to be able to read what is going to happen within the magazine.

I am really glad that I was able to analyse and asses these examples as this task will help me when creating my very own music magazine.


So…I’m Ready to Make some Media!

In the future, on my media course, I will have to create my very own music magazine. During my first term of Media Studies, I’ve learnt a significant amount, broadened my knowledge and tested my skills in many different areas. I’ve made mistakes and corrected myself along the way and now feel confident in the following term. 

Narrative and story telling are a huge part of the media and I now know that I must interpret these skills if I want to catch the audience’s attention. Visual areas such as: text, images and font are also incredibly important when conveying to the audience the style of media I’ve created.

This will help me in the future of this course. I can not wait to get stuck back in after half term!

My Tour Poster

Here is my feedback:

Please click on the first image to see this document in a larger form.

I was really proud of the outcome and thought that the design was definitely appropriate to the style and genre of ‘Rock’. I had a lot of fun creating this poster and learned a wide range of skills in the process. I hope to expand my knowledge on Adobe Photoshop and Indesign as these skills will help me in the future. 

Here is my final Music Tour Cover: