Upon making this magazine spread, I am happy with it for a first edit. There is a direct colour scheme and more than just the review in the form of text. The content of the text is currently in Latin as I wanted to fill the space for my first edit. I also incorporated a rating system using stars, which is an effective way of showing the review. The grey boxes represent screenshots from the movie which will be put in with the next edit. I will also bring the header saying ‘New Release’ down a bit so the text is not touching the top. I may also change the main picture in focus to a screenshot of the movie, but I will wait for audience feedback to inform me about this.
To Do List:
- Bring the text on the header down
- FIll the white space in the bottom-middle of the spread.
- Change the picture
- Write a review to replace the Latin.
- Put screenshots of the movie in.
I am much happier with this edit. I stuck to the red colour scheme with white writing. The white matches my film and my poster, and the red is symbolic of the main character’s anger, particularly the scenes when a red filter goes over him.
I also added a big quote that separates the paragraph, a graph, a director’s bio, a ‘Look Closer’ section, and added a box which says ‘Review’.
The most obvious change is the use of pictures. I feel like this screenshot of the film is more representative of the film than the picture I took before.
- A few structural alterations to make the magazine more aesthetic.
- Write the review itself using various language technique.
- Research film review structure to aid in the writing of my review
Furthermore, I made a guideline to help me write a review for myself:
FILM REVIEW STRUCTURE
- Title of film
- Play on words
- 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…)
- Introduces the plot
- Mentions directorial/ acting details
- References the placement of setting and says why it is common or uncommon of that film
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Direct Address
- Repetition of names
- Descriptive writing
- Emotive nouns
- Little Paragraphs
- Large first letter
- Repetition of idea
- 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
My third and final edit. I decided to add a third colour to my house style in grey. This was to coincide with the still image in the text. Furthermore, I changed the style of the font for the heading and changed my star styles. I also had the colour scheme follow a pattern where there was enough grey to balance out flashes of red and vice versa. I also layered my image, adding a picture of myself, held on by a paperclip, giving the image much greater depth. I also added a sole letter at the beginning of the paragraph as it fits conventions of most film review magazines.