Narrative Development

Above is a copy of our narrative development planning sheet which helped us organize our shoot. It involves details on who was going to be the model as well as props and the location we were going to use. By doing this it meant that we had everything ready on the day of the shoot so that no critical parts of our mes-en-scene was going to be missing.

So how did it go?

I have really enjoyed the first part of the course. During component one I have learnt numerous transferable skills that will help me in other subjects. These include, using software such as indesign, photoshop and premiere pro which have allowed me to construct and edit different pieces of work necessary for the production process of my magazine which includes a front cover, contents page and double page spread.

I have also learned the importance of organisation and communication during the course as I needed to arrange and organise photo shoots as well as communicate with my models what they needed to bring and wear to each shoot. My skills in the areas of production, analysis and evaluation have also improved as we are constantly reviewing our own work and finding ways to improve it and ultimately make it look more professional.

Overall, I am very pleased with the work I have produced, both on my blog and on my magazine as it was really nice to see how you can start with a basic idea and turn it into a polished piece of work by constantly improving different parts of it.

Draft 6

This is my final design for my Front cover, contents page and double page spread of my magazine. Miss Hales gave me feedback on how to improve so I could go back and make the necessary changes to the pages. However, making some changes on a page made other changes look out of place, for example, changing the background colour of my contents page meant the text colour and box outlines had to change too.

Here are the targets given to me by Miss Hales:

Front Cover:

  • Make sure your font doesn’t touch the outline of the boxes.
  • Change the bottom artist.
  • Add issue numbers and date.
  • The cover line could be bigger.
  • There are too many boxes.

Contents Page:

  • Change the background colour.
  • Lose the guitar in the top corner.
  • Pictures on the side need page numbers.
  • Use front cover articles into the pictures to say which page they are on.
  • Needs some arranging.

Double Page Spread:

  • Move your byline.
  • Edit your subheading.
  • Check the legibility of the text.
  • Put the stand first at the top of the page and move the pictures down.
  • Make sure your text isn’t touching the lines.


Draft 5 Work In Progress

Some of the feedback I received from my screencastify includes:

Front Cover:

  • Fill some of the grey space at the top of the page. Possibly move some of the writing from the bottom of the page up to uncrowded that.
  • Switch round the plug and the pug as they are in the wrong places. Change the plug to be about the magazine and not about one interview.
  • Give the text in the black boxes a grey background to make it stand out from the clothing my model is wearing much better.
  • Make the bar code smaller.

Contents Page:

  • Change ‘We heart Shopping’ to say something more music related to keep in theme with the magazine.
  • Change the text colour as in a magazine not every page looks the same. I think I will change this to red and black as it will then look the similar to the other pages but will also be different which will make the whole thing look more interesting.
  • Get rid off too many question marks.

Double Page Spread:

  • Put the page numbers on the side of the page.
  • Put a different colour outline on the title on the page to make it stand out more from the images and bright. text.
  • Put a stand first under the three images of ‘The Tapp.’
  • Make sure that the wrapping of text around the pages main image isn’t too tight to prevent overcrowding and to ensure the page reads clearly and all of the text is visible.
  • I’m not sure if I like the image you have used on your contents page, see if you have any better ones.


Peer Feedback:

  • Make Sure you add page numbers to all of the three pages.
  • The bar code on the front cover could do with being a bit smaller.
  • Change the writing colour on the double page spread to make it easier to read.
  • I’m not sure if I like the images you have used on your contents page, see if you have better ones that you could use.
  • Put another picture of ‘The Tapp’ on the contents page instead of the two girls together as their images look over used as they are in separate pictures and the same one ruining the fact that it could be two separate articles.


I have not made either of these articles and they will not be assessed as my own work. However, I think that they would be the kind of adverts I would want to have in my magazine as I feel that they would fit in perfectly with my pop genre and they would be something my audience would be interested in. They are also very retro which is a different angle and perspective that would make the magazine look more attractive and interesting for the audience.

When I first saw this article I thought that it would be ideal for my article. It is full of bright primary colours that would draw in the readers attention immediately. The fact that it is advertising a quirky looking chair is ideal as my audience are quite chilled people. It also is advertising a range of different radios at the bottom of the page which fits in with the magazines musical theme. I also like the layout as it is clear to read and understand immediately when it is read.

This is probably my favourite of the two adverts as the use of colour is awesome. It looks modern, edgy and stylish which is everything that pop and my magazine strives to be. It is advertising new Air Walk shoes as a fashion accessory and this is perfect as fashion is a very important part of the pop culture. All these images, colours and slogans combined make for a bright and inviting looking advert that I believe my audience would be interested in reading.

Feedback on Article

Below is my double page spread article. I have also inserted the article inside the double page spread so you can see what it looks like. I have worked on getting the whole article to fit in the double page spread without it looking overcrowded and keeping it clear.

My targets for development were:

  • To address my questions to focus in on his music and not to go on with unnecessary in formation that fans would not be interested in reading.
  • To introduce the article in a clearer way to ensure people who may not know who ‘The Tapp’ is know if they would be interested in reading the article to find out more about him and his music.
  • To conclude the article more effectively and answer questions ,such as, where fans can buy or stream ‘The Tapp’s’  music from.
  • To organise my questions in an organised and structured way  so the follow on from each other smoothly.

For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past week, ‘The Tapp’ has had his first ever UK number one. He told us in an exclusive interview, that he had been making music since he was very young, but it was only in the last three years that he had started taking it seriously.

The Article:

How does it feel to get your first UK number 1?
It feels great. I just want to say thank you to all of my fans for their support as well as my family members who have always believed in me. Music has always been a passion of mine and to be able to share a bit of my passion with the world is a dream come true.

Since your single went to number 1, have you received more attention than usual?
Well, as soon as you get a number one hit it is always going to change your life. People have been so nice to me and, well yes, a lot more people have stopped me in the street for selfies.

What was your inspiration for ‘Freedom’?
I wanted to write a song that would inspire people to be themselves, the song is therefore about being free within yourself and letting nothing hold you down. I went on a trip to Asia when I was younger and passed through a remote village where the nearest civilization was many miles away. Although these people had nothing, they were the happiest people I had ever met. I didn’t understand why, so asked a young boy. He told me that being free is what makes him happy. Being alive makes him happy. I’ll never forget meeting him.

Why did you choose music as a career?
I didn’t, music chose me. It felt natural that this was the only thing I would do with my life that could have a positive impact on the world while doing the thing that I love. At first people thought I was stupid, dropping out of school to pursue a career in music. As I said before I couldn’t have done it without the support of my parents who wanted me to stay at school but let me chase my dream. Its my mum that keeps my two feet firmly on the ground. I still do the food shopping and help do the housework. Dad manages my finances because I wouldn’t know where to start. He tells me he is investing the money for my future. Thank you mum and dad if you read this.

Who do you look up to as idols in the music world?
I really admire artists such as Shawn Mendes and Justin Timberlake as they are so passionate about the music they produce They care for their fans and always seem like really nice guys.

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet ‘The Tapp’ express his passion for music and discover he is just a regular 18 year old (but with lots of talent!)

You can buy or stream ‘Freedom’ on Apple Music and Spotify.  

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