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.
- Add a border and consider colour
- Put a box with star grading and basic information about the short film
- Add more images/graphs
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.
- 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:
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.
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.
- 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
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.
- Re-draft the write-up to make sure it’s perfect.
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.