Michael : Michael’s A2 Work : Ancillary Task 2 : Research & Planning

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Magazine Research

3 Examples of film posters (annotated)

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These all seemed to have a few conventions which were similar with one another but all had certain aspects that made them unique.

For example, they all seemed to be structured in columns rather than as a big block paragraph. This is to make it easier for the audience to chunk some information and remember where they left off reading.

They all seemed to also have a colour scheme which matched with the colour scheme of the film being reviewed. This is down to marketing strategies by the producers which would lead to audiences being able to better recognise the film.

Two of the three annotated posters also have a film review score using stars- something I intend on incorporating into my magazine plan personally.

They all show great depth of field too, to highlight the importance (or lack there of) of certain characters, objects or features.

Magazine Plans

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This poster is much more detailed. It has a title saying ‘New Release’, a guide to the rating system which uses stars, an introductory statement about the director and more words. It will also have screenshots of the film in the small boxes placed in the text. On the right hand side I have included small details such as a comment saying “Film of the month” with a quote from the director. It also has the verdict on the rating and a graph which will show the analytical side of the film. Furthermore, it has a little ‘Did you know?’ box to entice the readers further.

I made a guideline to help me write a review for myself:

FILM REVIEW STRUCTURE

Headline

  • Title of film
  • Play on words
  • Rhyme
  • Cliché

1st Paragraph

  • Gives background into the film and its creation
  • Usually begins with features associated with a key director/producer/actor.
  • May reference key features with certain films/ genres
  • Puts us in the setting (At 5PM in Eminönü Square in the Faith District of Istanbul…)

2nd Paragraph

  • Introduces the plot
  • Mentions directorial/ acting details
  • References the placement of setting and says why it is common or uncommon of that film

3rd Paragraph

  • Mention the opposing tensions in the plot
  • Quotes from actors/directors
  • Get a feeling for what is at stake because of being submerged in the plot.

4th Paragraph

  • The review
  • Uses evidence to back up why it is good/bad
  • Reference to the director/ franchise’s previous films and why they are better/worse

5th Paragraph

  • Gives a general overview to conclude why the film was good/bad
  • Statistics to back it up
  • Conclude with a director’s quote that shows their aims/ ambitions for the film/ franchise.

Language Features

  • Pun
  • Cliché
  • Quotes
  • Direct Address
  • Repetition of names
  • Storylike
  • Descriptive writing
  • Emotive nouns
  • Alliteration

Structure Features

  • Columns
  • Little Paragraphs
  • Large first letter
  • Repetition of idea

Voice

  • Very clearly opinion based
  • Spoken like a professional, opinion is valued
  • 3rd Person narrative
  • Chatty/ Casual but sophisticated vocabulary.

Layout/ Design Features Writing is anchored to

  • Headline is large
  • Headline and subheadline set the tone of positivity or negativity.
  • Image is focused on in review

I also looked at film review structure from two reviews from the magazine which had my desired style, ‘Total Film’.

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This ‘Total Film’ Review of Skyfall was a very differently worded article to the review of ‘The Big Short’
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Reviewed by the same magazine, this film review has a much different structure to it

One thought on “Michael : Michael’s A2 Work : Ancillary Task 2 : Research & Planning”

  1. Out of the two I definitely prefer the second one as it is more detailed and more powerful to attract the audience’s attention. I also like the idea of screenshots of the film in small boxes.

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