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Question One: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
The brief we were given at the beginning of the A2 Media course, was to create an opening 5 minutes for a television documentary. The subject of the documentary was entirely up to us, and with use of class work and independent research were to discover conventions/features that existed in real documentaries. In conjunction with this was two subsidiary tasks; a radio trailer and doublepage spread for a listing magazine to promote the documentary. We looked at a range of documentaries and highlighted key elements within the first five minutes that entertained, informed and drew interest- from this we were able to identify what would be most useful during our own production. Documentaries break down into three categories: Realist, Formalist and Subjective. Realist documentaries includes minimal if any treatment on recorded material, Formalist documentaries includes specific narrative structure/story behind the recorded material and Subjective documentaries includes an expression of the film makers personal views. Our documentary was 'Subjective' and its content was based on our concern of artists influence on consumers as a highly successful profiles continuously distribute explicit lyrics/imagery. Documentary arrangement span from serious, to light hearted and a mix. This often dependent on its targets audience and topic. Our own documentary's target audience spanned between 16 to 24year olds as we felt these were the most influences by music as they dominate the market's consumption figures. Although we wanted our documentary to be styled serious we felt alternative methods of entertainment such as an informal voice over and stack images within our opening five minutes would help draw interest to the topic. A documentary (like any film) can have different tones: light-hearted, optimistic, serious, pessimistic, celebratory, critical, condemnatory, resigned, uncritical, ironic. We chose a critical tone for ours as we wanted our audience to be made aware of the dangers of artists repeatedly distributing violent content, our vocal point was our questioning as to who is to blame for the violence associated with genres such as Rock and Hip-Hop, whether it was the artist, the consumer (poor understanding), or the labels. Bill Nicholls’ theory of Documentary Modes (2001) is something that we began by looking into at the different types/styles of documentaries that there are; poetic, expository, observational, participatory, reflexive and performative. The documentary 'Super Size Me' is a great example of the poetic mode documentary as it's style is subjective and recorded in a lyrical form. The use of juxtapositions made the mode extremely identifiable also as Morgan Spurlock, producer, director and presenter, frequently including statistics and figures demonstrating the rise in obesity alongside recorded footage of a McDonalds advert stating their foods contained less calories and were 'healthy options'. The use of juxtapositions was a great way of conveying the food industries continuous manipulation of consumers, and it emphasized the degree of damage that can be caused by consuming such fast foods on a regular basis. Elements of the performative and participatory mode were evident in the documentary too, the performative mode stresses emotional/personal experiences and the participatory mode includes the presenter as a social actor. The two modes are demonstrated in 'Supersize Me' as Morgan Spurlock actively appears in the film as he is seen eating McDonalds and recording diary style entries describing his changed appearance/mood. The performative mode allowed the documentary to appear autobiographic as the audience appeared to be a 'fly-on-the-wall' for the majority of filming whilst Spurlock got on with day to day activities such as eating, conversing with his wife and getting ready. The performative mood creates a much more intimate mood between
Aaliyah Stretch audience and presenter as opposed to the observational making this style of documentary more appealing. Our documentary on the other hand majorly followed the expositional mode as it allowed the information to be presented more seriously and be the focal point. This has a narrative and voiceover throughout which what our opening five minutes consisted of to help guide viewers. However we did include the recording of Marilyn Manson in another interview to introduce the topic as we felt this was an alternative to the typical introduction of a documentary. By doing this we hoped it would appeal to viewers particularly as our target audience was younger and we didn't want them to become bored with the idea of watching a documentary. Our documentary uses the narrative structure which is largely rhetoric, this is great method of persuasion and allows us to directly address the audience with use of the voiceover. We felt this would be ideal as our documentary was factual and our priority was to shed light on a concern that can easily be over looked. Argumentation schemes include illustration, comparison, history and problem-solving. We used a variety of these to present our argument throughout the opening five minutes as we felt it was a good basis to establish the documentaries content and intention. Illustration was used through stack images of artists who connote violence, these artists included the likes of 50 Cent and Eminem posing with guns and knives, history and comparison was presented by creating a timeline of music over 30years and displaying famous names and images, the difference in artists profile showed the increase in exploitation as earlier artists were less associated with violence. Another method we used was authority, by recording an interview with a Media expert and musician, Mike Hatton we were able to collect the views of a figure who sees the perspective of both the concerned media and the expressive artist. Similarly 'Supersize Me' used a variety of expert interviews to present authority and well informed knowledge, this helped support Spurlock's argument and showed extensive research. (SSM)
We took the decision to use research into police cases that supported our concern with the effects of popular music containing violent and explicit lyrics, in our documentary. We found a number of cases surrounding both Hip Hop artist Eminem and Rock Legend, Ozzy Osbourne, however we decided to include one in our opening five minutes as a way engaging our audience. The case we summarised was the lawsuit filed by the parents of John McCollum who shot himself in the head
Aaliyah Stretch while listening to Ozzy Osbourne's song, 'Suicide Solution', October 1984. By including details of this case we were able to give present an informative documentary supported by evidence thus making the documentary well structured. The overall structure of out documentary followed the enigmatic code which is the exploration of a problem without it being solved. This allowed the viewer to continue to digest our information after watching our documentary and establish their own views from their own experiences. The issue we were covering is far more complex than one that can easily be solved therefore without coming to a definite conclusion it resembles the realistic continuity of the problem. I watched a variety of documentaries beginning at the start of the A2 course, this offered a foundation for the structure of a documentary and ideas for our own, particularly for camera shots, angles and editing. The documentaries included 'Supersize Me', 'Airline', 'Panorama' and 'Gimmie Shelter'. Reoccurring conventions included establishing shots/long shots, close-ups, medium-close ups and extreme close-ups. In 'Supersize Me' the most frequently used shot was a close-up, close-ups were used as Spurlock spoke with his doctors and the framing of fast food products. The use of close-ups here added intimacy and conveyed the seriousness of the subject. Close-ups allowed the audience to focus on the doctors and digest the information they was proving Spurlock particularly as his health appeared to decline, and health risk increase. Similarly close-ups were present in 'Airlines' as the workers of Manchester Airport reported to the camera altercations with customers and summaries of events. In both documentaries we saw the effective use of close-ups to emphasise a characters facial expression as they spoke directly to the camera demonstrating intimacy. We took inspiration from this and used a close up shot as we interviewed one teenager discussing his personal views and when framing a shot a young adult watching a video of Marilyn Manson. The use of close-ups here was our way of announcing young people's vulnerability, with the visibility of their facial expression we demonstrated their passion for music and artists. Establishing and long shots of the airport and check-in foyer were successful in clearly highlighting the location of interest. These two shots are great features to introduce new scenes, locations and times throughout a documentary as depicted in both 'Panorama', a current affairs documentary series and 'Gimmie Shelter' which followed the Altamont Free Concert in 1969.
We used the Tripod for the majority of our filming as this helped give a level shot particularly and helped us work within the 'Rule of Thirds', this is something we found effective in the 'Airlines' as it gave the realism of a hand-held camera but a professionalism of cinematic film. We used the Tripod when taking an establishing medium shot of HMV and an establishing shot of Solihull Sixth Form.
Aaliyah Stretch The Tripod provided steady shots as we zoomed, panned and tracked. This is evident as we filmed the band, 'The Moody Margarets' during a recording session in a local studio. The professionalism conveyed by the Tripod corresponded with the band as they worked, an efficient technique of connecting atmosphere and scene.
Sound: Sound is another important element of television documentaries as it supports intention and connotes a mood. Sound includes: Background music, voiceover, non-digetic sound and digetic sound. Voiceovers are standard features in most documentaries, the likes of 'Supersize me', 'Panorama' and 'Airlines' used them however while the presenter Spurlock appeared as a character in 'Supersize Me', in the other two documentaries their presenters did not. The absence of a physical presenter on camera is described as 'Voice of God Narration', this absence stops an audience from becoming dependent on a physical presenter to interpret information. We enjoyed this and used this use of sound with our own documentary. We switched between two presenters throughout the documentary to add a modern twist and keep the audience alert. We used Garage band to create background music in the majority of our documentary as we felt this worked best. I struggled at first using Garage Band as I am not very familiar with MAC software however after a play around I was able to edit an existing sound in order to create a funky beat as Hip-Hop music was being discussed. We matched a rock sound with commentary about Rock music and artists and this was extremely effective as it immediately followed the found sound we used, a pre-recorded interview of Marilyn Manson. The use of background music was heavily used in 'Supersize Me' and helped stop the documentary from becoming excessively formal, we really liked this and felt it benefitted our documentary also. With little use of digetic sound we challenged the conventions of real media products, we didn't find much use for it within our documentary and therefore felt it was best left out.
Aaliyah Stretch Research: Research was a key factor in the production of our documentary and was the basis for a lot of the recording. Statistics and expert interviews are the most popular convention of a documentary as a documentary bases its recordings on exploring issues and providing information that isn't easily accessed. We carried out a questionnaire prior to recording of the documentary as way of collecting data regarding what is our target audience already know and would expect from a documentary. We received great feedback and it helped determine what would and wouldn't be recorded. Our research was a vital part amongst the process of recoding our documentary as the information we would distribute had to be accurate. Fortunately we found loads of secondary research to support our concerns with music content including experiments by Universities, a rise in the figures of violence alongside the popularisation of rap music and the number of reports of assault at rock concerts including, punching, stabbing and mosh pits.
Special Effects: Using Final Cut Express we was able to create stylists special effects and edits, this included fade in/outs, bluring, speeding up and placing recordings over pre-recording interviews so the audio could be heard over an alternative image. Below is an edit from a normal shot to blur, then to another shot. We felt this was cool use of transtion between two different shots without the whole documentary becoming repetitive.
Speeding up recorded material was a great way of shortening time, the use of speed we took from 'Superszie Me' as we felt it was a great way of filling the documentary with more footage within the recquired time.
Magazine Article: Below is the draft drawing and final magazine double-page spread which we produced for the magazine 'Radio Times' advertising our documentary. We looked at similar double page spreads and past ones from the magazine to help assist with following the conventions of a television article. We found most would include a large image and two if not one small image, wrapping of text around both mages and pull quotes, and themed colour that matched the article's topic. Our draft and final magazine: Conventions that we followed including the rule of thirds. This is visible on the first page as the text spreads across all three thirds, the small images falls directly into the second third. Also the use of theme to present professionalism, is very similar to the article below of Florence Welch from 'Florence and the Machines'. The red and white visible in her image matches her pale skin and auburn hair, similarly the red makeup seen on the face of Marilyn Manson is used as border around the top edge of the page. Also the use of black as an addition boarder and the 'Music Mind Mayhem' logo demonstrates continuity of a subject as this same black is captured from Manson's hair in the large image. The use of a large image in all the example double-page spreads captures attention and allows readers to easily identify the articles topic. We used In Design on the MAC computers to arrange the main body of the article into rule of thirds by editing the format of the text box once it had been drawn out. We were also able to create wrap the text around images and pull quotes creating a professional look. Adobe In Design is a fairly easy programme to use and there was no issue taking turns to arrange the article. Due to the simplicity of our article there was no need for Photoshop to edit pictures which was a great help when completing the task as it was done fairly fast.
Double-page spread examples:
Radio Trailer: Whilst in the process of planning our radio trailer we listen to a variety of radio trailers to give us a idea of radio trailer styles and features. We listened to radio trailers from BBC Five Live, BBC Sport, Capital FM, BBC 1Xtra ect. We decided that our radio trailer would be made for Capital FM, with its core listeners ranging from the ages 12-20years old we would successfully reach our target audience. The radio trailer was created on Garage Band and editing was a lot easier on here than the likes of Final Cut Express. By converting the sound from the documentary into an additional format we were able to cut and paste snippets to be used alongside a voice over. The voice over was informative listing the time and date of the documentary clearly at the end of the trailer, this was particularly important as it ensured listeners could access it easily.
The use of background music was a common convention in the majority of trails I listened to and those without used digetic sound instead, therefore we made it a priority to include background music to carry the trailer. Again we used Garage band to create music for the trailer although it was different from the music used in the actually opening of the documentary. The use of music was a good addition as it adds character to the trailer, particularly as it was music featured in the original documentary. However it was at used at a very low volume due to it simply being something in the background. This encourages attention towards trailer's information rather than the music itself. We used one presenter from the original documentary and an additional one to introduce the radio trailer and give details of the documentary's broadcast. We felt the use of a different presenter would add diversity, although this wasn't a convention we recognised in other trailers we had no issue branching out. A convention of radio trailers which we did comply with was the use of snippets from the documentary, this helped give the audience an insight into the content being expressed and what kind of things to look out for. We felt this was the most influential part of a trailer as when we listened to the likes of BBC Five Live and Sport these snippets made the trailer far more appealing that those without. It was important for us that our radio trailer didn't not exceed 40 seconds as it was for the attention of young adults whom are notorious for becoming easily bored/distracted. The majority of radio trailer we listened to were up to 38 seconds long and in that time we as a listener felt more than enough information had been provided. Voice over was clear and well paced which allowed the radio trailer to appear steady. Our voiceover is direct and end focuses on "Friday night at 8'o'clock' to ensure the audience are aware of when they can access the documentary without any confusion.
Overall: Our three media products generally conformed to their own conventions, with slight challenges occurring in the attempt to keep our target audience interested. For example our documentary; 'Music, Mind and Mayhem' made use of rule of thirds and close stack images to convey purpose however we did alter camera angles particularly when recording vox-pops of young people. One vox-pop was recording with a canted angle this reflected the interviewees outspoken personality and flare when discussing his opinion regarding hip-hop artists. By challenging the conventions of documentaries we
Aaliyah Stretch wanted to appeal to our younger audience by suggesting that not all documentaries are the same or excessively formal. However a convention we did stick to was the use of straight cut we felt this was a better way of moving between different shots without it becoming messy.
How effective is the combination of your main product and ancillary texts?
To support our documentary we created a double-page spread for a TV listing magazine and a radio trailer, the two ancillary texts were created to effectively promote and sell our documentary to our target audience. Our Target Audience: We decided to aim our documentaries at students as we felt we would easily be able to relate to them, being students ourselves. We chose the ages 16-24 as a target audience and hoped that despite our documentary being informative it would be interesting. As students ourselves we understand the popularity of music especially in recent years as the music genre you listen to often defies the profile of yourself and friends (including clothes style, beliefs and aspirations), therefore we felt this would be a good topic to explore and assess. Unlike other found articles/documentaries' on the same if not similar subjects we found during research that a artists such as Eminem and lyric Marilyn Manson were depicted negatively as were their fans, and little content supported either of them. We however decided that we would take an unbiased approach and explore both the critical and defensive response to these two artists choice in lyrical content and imagery. Choice in Magazine: We chose popular TV listing magazine Radio Times as the magazine to release our double page spread. The reason for this being the magazine's popularity and longevity as one of the longest running TV listing magazines. In retrospect Radio Times may not have been the best magazine to pick as a publisher for our double page spread as its readership is older however ultimately it would attract additional viewers expanding the documentary's audience. It would appear that the radio trailer would have been the most accurate method of sale and advertisement due to its more accurate target audience. Radio Times
Cover Price Frequency Circulation Readership £1.20 Weekly 865,562 2,227,000
Aaliyah Stretch The use of colour and layout I believe would have been the magazines most victorious attribute as despite the double page spread's location we catered to out ideal audience. We included a large image of Marilyn Manson, this directly linked to the documentary as he is the first artist we cover at the beginning of the opening, as he is the most ridiculed artist we felt by using his face as our main image we would immediately draw interest. The opening 5 seconds of our documentary consists of the colours black and white which match the logo of 'Music, Mind and Mayhem', reminiscent of this we used black, white and red as the theme colours for the double-page spread, by doing so we would hope that our viewing audience would recognise either the colour or logo and it would be something for them to easily identify. The combination of a double-page spread and documentary allow an audience both within and outside of your target audience to be aware of the documentary's upcoming showing. The use of the article is to reveal a small detail about the documentary and describe its purpose in the effort to draw interest. TV listing magazines continue to be popular despite the growing popularity of the internet therefore a double-page spread is guaranteed a successful marketing tool.
Choosing Capital FM as our radio trailers home was a fairly easy decison based on the on its core audience being within our target audience, (12-20 years old), with the stations serving up to 7.1 million listeners we felt Capital FM would be far more beneficial. We included snippets of both an interview and voiceover as a means to give listenrs an insight into the documentary's content. By doing so listeners of the chosen radio station would know what to expect when viewing the film and ultimately decide there and then whether it was of interest to them. Capital FM's broadcast region streches from Glasgow, to Manchester, to Birmingham and to London. Its large presence of the UK is extrememly benefical as the radio trailer is guaranteed to reach a large amount of listeners across the UK, increasing chance of success.
What have you learned from your audience feedback?
We gave out questionnaires to students around college to see what people belied and knew about the music industry (focusing on Rock and Urban music) We also asked people what they usually looked out for when watching a documentary. We hoped to attain ideas for our own documentary to ensure our audience would be successfully entertained. 6/10 people that we handed our questionnaire to said they watched documentaries.
Aaliyah Stretch 4/10 said that a well informed voiceover was a key element of a documentary. 6/10 said that they use of experts interviews and vox-pops were equally important elements of a documentary. Fly on the wall footage scored the lowest in key elements as only 3/10 said it was still important Facts and figures scored the highest score of 10/10 for importance. 5/0 people answered that appropriate music and sound effects were one of the most important key elements of a documentary.
Once we had completed our documentary we had the whole class complete a questionnaire having watched the opening five minutes to our documentary.
Documentary Questionnaire Results: (A) Documentary Questions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Did you understand the intention of the documentary? Did it influence your views? Was the information relevant to the documentary context? One a scale of 1-10 how much did you enjoy the documentary? Were the audio levels well managed? Were the supporting music choices appropriate to the topic? Were the interviewees suitable? After the watching the first five minutes of the documentary would you wish to continue?
Answer Four)Four people scored 5, three scored 6, seven scored 7 and four scored 8
(B) Double-page spread questions 1. Do you believe the colour scheme is appropriate?
Aaliyah Stretch 2. One a scale of 1-5 how well did the layout make use of space? 3. Are the images appropriate? 4. Does the double page spread follow the conventions of a professional article?
Answer Two: Three people scored 3, seven people scored 4 and eight people scored 5
(C) Radio trailer questions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Are the audio levels clear enough? Was there enough information provided? Were the extracts from the documentary appropriately used? Do you think the trailer was an acceptable length? Was the script delivered in a clear way?
The feedback from our questionnaire would suggest that the biggest problem with our documentary surrounding its audio level. If we were to re-do our documentary this would need to go under serious reconstruction and perhaps tested by a person outside of our media group to ensure accuracy.
Aaliyah Stretch Resetting the audio levels would take a lot of time due to the precision needed when adjusted audio levels as it is done manually, however I do believe testing would help eliminate any future issues with it. Generally the results of our feedback were very good as our intention and the features used in all three products appeared to be received well, with little if any lack of understanding our products had been successful. I feel we triumphantly conveyed our intention despite the subjects complexity. By the very virtue our feedback positively implies that the audience understood the information we presented it would mean that our target audience (16-24years) might absorb some of the vital information we were trying to bring to their attention. Our documentary received great feedback also suggesting we had accurately maintained the conventions of a professional magazine article. The radio trailers positive response likewise would suggest that had our audience heard our radio trailer on a radio station they would plan to watch our documentary. All we could have asked for was that our intention was well received, technical difficulties are to be expected as it was our first time working with software such as Final Cut Express, nevertheless this task has taught us our knowledge of media conventions spanning from film, magazine and radio are present and can essentially be put into a physical product.
How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?
The research and planning of our documentary was very important to the production of it. Majority of the planning we did was not using media technologies, instead we stuck to traditional methods such as creating mind maps to list ideas, tables to record our filming plans and story boards to illustrate our intended shots. The reason for this being continuous editing was much easier to do not using technologies. In contrast however the majority of our research made use of media technologies, including the internet. In the beginning of research we found on information of a few of the ideas we had mind mapped, using this information we were able to identify which areas of interest could be easily expanded in the context of a documentary. We were able to document the progress of our documentary through our blog, on Blogger.com. Myself and the other two members of the group divided the responsibility of creating blog entries during the process. We made use of new technologies such as Scribd, Slideshare, Youtube and Prezi to demonstrate our extensive IT skills and diversity. Having decided our documentary would feature on Channel Four we looked at popular programmes to give us inspiration and an outline on common factors which their television programmes cont ained. Although Channel Four's audience varies dependent on the time and date it is easy to confirm that its popularity amongst young adults has peaked in recent years therefore programmes such as Skins, The Inbetweeners and Big Bang Theory have enabled the channel to flourish.
Having completed our planning we promptly began filming for our documentary. We used a Canon video recorder, due to its light weight and small size it was effortlessly portable. This was helpful as hand held shots were easy to film and between travelling for material and interviews there was no real struggle. The use of hand held shots helped create a flyon-the-wall experience as demonstrated through 'Supersize Me'. Despite the camera's easy use we did predominately use the tripod, we felt the tripod ensured a more structured shot as we wished to convey the Rule of Thirds especially during interviews. Whilst filming we experimented with a change in camera angles and the focus tool. We used a canted angle during an interview of a young adult discussing his own experience of hip-hop music. We felt the variation in angle would be a clear indicator as a difference between expert and a member of the public. As this documentary was aimed at a younger audience we felt this variety would be appreciated and keep interest. Using the focus tool the image whilst recording remained clear, this was useful as we zoomed both in and out during different dates of filming. The focus tool helped withdraw any chances of blur to ultimately maintain a professional product. Assembling the Tripod was the biggest trouble whilst filming as we sometime struggled created a level stand for the camera to be held on. It was important to us the level was straight as this defined a professional documentary and the last thing we wanted was to create a documentary with uneven shots. It did take us a while to get the hang of assembling our tripod correctly, however we did do it in the end and its benefit spoke volumes. During the filming stages we also learnt how to use accessory equipments to asst the recording of sound, this included a directional microphone and headphones. The use of a directional microphone improved sound quality whilst interviewing and creating voiceovers. In order to manage the sound levels one member of our team would wear the over the headphones indicating any concerns prior to recording any material, essentially this helped avoid re-recording any material once we began to edit film. The directional microphone was a useful equipment although we had to remain conscious about keeping it out of the frame while recording. When recording our script and radio trailer we had to record in an empty room away from fellow classmates, due to the sensitivity of the microphone background noise could easily be picked up and we did not wish for this to compromise our audiences' attention. Editing: Once filming had been completed we uploaded all our material onto an Apple MAC. We then transferred all possible material onto the software Final Cut Express where we would create the documentary. Final Cut Express is the software used for placing together recording material and editing both shots and transitions. We decided to individually name each recorded clip as it helped us identify and navigate each clip for editing. Having placed each clip in a queue we could finally begin to arrange the documentaruy.
Below is a screen shot of Final Cut Express open with our documentary. 1) Unedited footage 2)Window for viewing our documentary 3)Time 4)Visual Footage 5)Audio
5 We used a series of dissolve edits during the editing stages of the documentary as we found this was far more pleasing to the viewer and created a link between each clip. However we did use a lot of straight cuts also as it was frequently used in the documentaries we viewed during research, including 'Airlines' and 'Panorama'. The arrangement of audio levels proved to be our biggest trouble filming as some interviewees spoke louder than others therefore once the documentary had been arranged it needed to be adjusted. As the change in audio levels had to be done manually this was a time consuming task which took my fellow team mate along time. In order to create a natural and smooth consistency of sound we had to use the 'razor blade tool' to cut clips to edit them individually. To edit sound the pink line had to be dragged either up or down until its level was balanced. Despite this task being time consuming it was beneficial as we could edit sound to the correct volume that we would prefer as opposed to that of the computer.
We added text to documentary also as a means to complete and fill filming, examples of this includes the quote "Rock is simply an outlet", this quote was taken from the interview of a band called the Moody Margarets. By adding this text it helped add diversity and emphasised their intention as the audio played. Wire frame was additional tool used to crop unwanted edges of film that might have been recorded and to zoom on more significant part of footage. Garage Band was another software used on the Apple MAC during the construction of our documentary to create background music. Once our documentary had finished being edited the music created on garage band was converted to an MP3 and added to the audio timeline.
Radio Trailer: The radio trailer was created on Garage Band; importing audio clips from the documentary and recording a new voiceover we were able create a 35second long radio trailer accompanied by background music. The use of audio clips directly taken from the documentary was to entertain as listeners would be made aware of what exactly our documentary included. To extend the background music used for the trailer we clicked on the clip and dragged it out beyond 35seconds. This created a repetition of the selected clip and allowed it continue for the duration of the trailer needed. The controls were fairly simple and having used Final Cut Express our skills had improved tremendously.
Extended sound clip Audio levels
Double-Page Spread: Supporting text Radio Times DPS VS. Our DPS
Time and Date
Pull Quote Image Tag
Aaliyah Stretch Using Adobe In Design we created our double-page spread, designed to resemble one from the magazine Radio Times. From the analysis above compared to that of the double-page spread featured in Radio Times magazine, we have accurately included magazine conventions. Using the column tool we were able to create accurate columns for the main body of text. Until our full article was finished in Microsoft Word the columns were filled with placeholder text. To create a professional look we enlarged the letter 'M' and put it in bold, this created the effect of a drop capital which is a convention of typical magazines. Although the image we used wasn't original it does accurately depict our documentary and purpose. The image of Marilyn Manson is dark and connotes ideas association with the rock artists including dark, violent and tormented. This image immediately draws attention and perfectly fits the purpose of main images in articles. We screen printed and cropped the image of an interviewee from our documentary as the use of imagery direct from the film gives the audience a visual to recognise and be familiar with ensuring they are able to identify the film during its broadcast. This feature of using imagery direct from the reported article is a popular one and I found many examples of it in various magazines.
The colour scheme we used was wholey based off the main image however the use of white and black is the same colour of our 'Music, Mind and Mayhem' logo and the opening of our documentary. The contincy of colour is similar to the use of an image directly from the documentary, it gives te documentary an idenitty and makes the documentary far more identifiable for those readers who intend to watch it.