Annie’s A2 Work : Ancillary Task 2 : TASK

First Edit:

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I feel like my first edit lacks a lot of the conventions of a film magazine spread, especially a surrealism film magazine spread. I’m happy with the image placement, and the images themselves, that I chose, however I’m not happy with the layout. I feel like, in order to fit the conventions of a surrealism film magazine spread, I need an image that takes up the entire spread in order to catch the attention of potential audience members. The blue boxes were originally there because I was going to put more images there, possibly with a fragmented effect to reinforce the title and themes in my film.

To do:

  • Add a border and consider colour
  • Put a box with star grading and basic information about the short film
  • Add more images/graphs

Second Edit:

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I much prefer this edit to the last, because I feel as though using an image to take up the entire spread really draws in the attention of potential audience members. It represents a key theme in my film, which is the excessive use of technology in younger age groups. I quite like the font that I chose too, however the layout is still a bit of an issue, as well as the colouring of the font.

To do:

  • focus on the review – write up a review draft and see if it fits well with the rest of the spread (refer to image below of magazine review analysis). To do this, I will analyse a couple of magazine spreads from one specific magazine, and this will help me understand what I need to include in my spread
  • change the main image after writing review to represent what my film is about. Audience comments say that the image is too happy and is quite deceiving, as my film is about anxiety
  • follow conventions of a typical house style of a spread – this way my magazine will look more conventional rather than an independent magazine that not many people have heard of

Magazine Review Analysis:

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I analysed two magazine spreads from the magazine ‘EMPIRE’, which will be the house style I will follow. I analysed the review style, including the headline/subheading, paragraphs, layout/design features, language and structure features, and the voice used (e.g. tone, narrative). This improved my understanding of how I should approach this task and what I should include in my review to help it fit with the conventions/house style of the ‘EMPIRE’ magazine.

Third Edit:

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Overall, I am really happy with this edit. I have followed the house style of ‘EMPIRE’ to keep the entire spread conventional, and I have perfected the layout. The only thing I am not so sure about is whether it is actually allowed to be so similar to the ‘EMPIRE’ house style. I also haven’t added my own write-up which I need to do.

To do:

  • Write more drafts of write-up and edit it into the spread
  • Check that I am allowed a spread that is so similar to ‘EMPIRE’s house style

Fourth Edit:

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I’m really happy with the changes I’ve made so far. I’ve made the red in the spread more dominant to have all colours I used in my other products to maintain the branding. I have added in my second draft of the write-up, but I still need to draft another. I repositioned the layout ever so slightly to make sure everything fit in the entire spread (mainly the write-up). However, I made the mistake of typing in my write-up before it was complete, so this will be a bit of a problem when I have to write it in again.

To do:

  • Re-draft the write-up to make sure it’s perfect.

Final Edit:

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Overall, I’m really happy with the final outcome. I like how I have included all of the colours in each of my products, and how I’ve managed to keep the entire spread conventional. My write-up is complete and I only needed to spell check and make a few additions. I like the red border around the main image because it stands out to readers and gives them a glimpse of what the film is about.

6 thoughts on “Annie’s A2 Work : Ancillary Task 2 : TASK”

  1. I love how the picture is spread across the whole page- this is very eye-catching and would definitely catch my attention in a magazine, especially when just flicking through. I really like the font too as it is a little different than those a lot of magazines usually use (like the standard arial, new times roman and comic sans), which makes it stand out more; and I like the fact that it is similar/the same to that used in the trailer as it shows good consistency which could help when trying to remember the trailer if they saw it a while ago. The small plot overview and the names of the actors and director work as a good reminder too. The only thing I would say is that the black text is somewhat difficult to see at parts due to the darker colours on the duvet, so maybe lightening that part of the picture behind is a good idea, or altering the colour of the text?(although I do think that the back works well). Overall I think its fab and would definitely catch my eye in a magazine!

  2. I like this edit a lot, however, it gives the impression that the film is really happy and doesn’t portray the depression and anxiety. But perhaps this is intentional. Other than that, the layout is really good, well done 🙂

  3. It catches the eye, but I’m not sure the “hello? who is this?” goes with the picture (which looks very happy) – maybe choose a different image? but it looks really good!

  4. I do really like this edit in terms of layout, just feel as if the picture represents happiness more than anxiety, maybe a different image will be more powerful

  5. Final edit is amazing, I really like how it’s all been laid out, especially with the sideways title, it has a very compelling effect. All of the borders are very professional looking and contain the people inside very nicely. I also like the varying fonts and your dedication to branding. All in all a great final edit.

  6. I absolutely love your final edit, it looks extremely professional in every way! the colour coordination is very well balanced and your picture reflects enough to interest the audience, but not enough to give the story away. Well done!

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