Research Posts to Complete

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Research Posts:

1) Music Magazine Institutions research – Minimum of 2 companies, 1 large [Bauer, IPC] and 1 small [Future, BBC Worldwide]

  • Who are the company?
  • What is their company history?
  • What publications do they manage?
  • A detailed look at 2 of these publications and their target audience. At least 1 of these publications should be a music magazine.

2) Music Magazine analysis – Different genres of music (3-5 Front Covers, 3-5 Contents Pages, 3-5 Double Page Spreads)

  • What are the conventions found on this magazine?
  • How is the cover band/artist being represented? (Denotation and Connotation)
  • How is the magazine representing itself? (Denotation and Connotation)
  • Who is the audience for this magazine? (be specific)
  • What genre is the magazine? How is this shown?
  • What features of the magazine will you use/not use in your own music magazine?

3) Audience Questionnaire and Analysis of questionnaire results (include bar graphs/pie charts)

  • Create a rough plan for your chosen genre of magazine.
  • How do audiences respond to this layout?
  • How will these results affect how you re-draft and create further plans for your magazine?
  • What will you include/not include based on these responses?
  • Who will be your main target market based on these responses?

4) Readership Profile (Who is your audience?)

  • What age are they?
  • What brands do they like?
  • What music do they like?
  • What socio-economic group do they fit into?
  • How does your re-drafted magazine layout appeal to this audience?

Planning Posts to Complete

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Planning Posts

1) Calendar/Timeline

  • When tasks will start and finish (including photo-shoots, deadlines etc…)

2) Mood board showing initial ideas for your magazine

  • Colours
  • Other magazine images
  • Fonts etc…

3) Proof of contacting models for photo shoot

  • Screen shot of an email/text message
  • Final list of models
  • Photographs of each model
  • Why have you chosen these people?
  • Why are they suitable for your genre and audience?

4) Props/Costume list for photo shoot

  • Why are the props/costume appropriate for your genre/audience?

5) Photo-shoot Planning

  • 6-8 storyboard style drawing planning out your images for your photo shoot/s
  • Why are these appropriate for your genre/audience?

6) 3 Location recces scouting locations for your photo shoot

  • Photographs of the location
  • Why are these appropriate/not appropriate for your genre and audience?
  • Your final location decisions

7) Contact Sheet of Photo-shoot images

  • Which images are appropriate for your magazine?
  • Which will you use, and on what pages?
  • What do you like/dislike about specific images?

8) Fonts

  • 6-8 Font examples
  • Pros and cons of each font
  • Why is this appropriate for your genre/audience?
  • 3 drafted Masthead examples
  • Pros/cons of each design
  • Why is this appropriate for your genre/audience?

9) 3 Front Cover Mock Ups , 3 Contents Page Mock Ups, 3 Double Page Spread Mock Ups

  • Pros/cons of each design
  • Why is this appropriate for your genre/audience?

Research and Planning Marking Criteria

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Level 1: 0–7 marks

• Planning and research evidence will be incomplete;
• There is minimal research into similar products and a potential target audience;
• There is minimal organisation of actors, locations, costumes or props;
• There is minimal work on shotlists, layouts, drafting, scripting or storyboarding;
• There is minimal care in the presentation of the research and planning;
• Time management may be very poor.

Level 2: 8–11 marks

• Planning and research evidence may be partially incomplete;
• There is basic research into similar products and a potential target audience;
• There is basic organisation of actors, locations, costumes or props;
• There is basic work on shotlists, layouts, drafting, scripting or storyboarding;
• There is a basic level of care in the presentation of the research and planning;
• Time management may not be good.

Level 3: 12–15 marks

• Planning and research evidence will be complete;
• There is proficient research into similar products and a potential target audience;
• There is proficient organisation of actors, locations, costumes or props;
• There is proficient work on shotlists, layouts, drafting, scripting or storyboarding;
• There is a good level of care in the presentation of the research and planning;
• Time management is good.

Level 4: 16–20 marks

• Planning and research evidence will be complete and detailed;
• There is excellent research into similar products and a potential target audience;
• There is excellent organisation of actors, locations, costumes or props;
• There is excellent work on shotlists, layouts, drafting, scripting or storyboarding;
• There is an excellent level of care in the presentation of the research and planning;
• Time management is excellent.

Task 9: Mock Ups

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Task:

You will need to create several different designs for your magazine, considering different layouts for both your text and images before settling on your final design. Each of these designs should be analysed in terms of their pros and cons before you state your final decision. Your initial design created for your survey can count for 1 of these drafts, however the remaining 2  designs for each page should take your audience survey responses into account and show considered and measured changes from the initial design.

You can draw these designs by hand if you wish, then photograph or scan them into your blog post, or you can create a digital version in a program such as Photoshop or InDesign which you would then upload to your blog.

Some good examples of planning and mock ups can be seen below:

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Task 8: Fonts

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Task:

You need to experiment with a range of different fonts for your magazine, creating a clear house style that suits your genre and appeals to your target audience. Look at your research and the range of fonts each magazine uses, each of these fonts has a purpose and function and has been selected for a specific reason. Your magazine should attempt to do the same, selecting fonts to suit purpose and create a clear house style.

You will also need to experiment with your Masthead for your magazine, this is the branding for your product and is incredibly important. You should create 3 different Masthead designs and evaluate the pros and cons of each design before deciding on a final piece.

Some great examples of font posts can be seen below:

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Task 7: Contact Sheet

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Task:

You will need to create a contact sheet containing all of your photo-shoot photographs, this will allow you to quickly and easily analyse your images without having to upload them each individually to your blog.

If you do not know how to create a contact sheet using Adobe Bridge follow this tutorial below:

Once you have made your contact sheet you will need to assess and analyse your images in terms of their suitability to your magazine.

Some good examples of contact sheets and image analysis can be seen below:

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Task 6: Location Recces

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Task:

You will need to look at a minimum of 3 locations in your scouts, analysing their overall suitability to your magazine. This is vital to the overall look of your magazine and your should aim to include a minimum of 2 locations in your magazine overall, this will allow your magazine to look varied and allow for a wider range of images.

Some good examples of location analysis can be seen below:

Example Blog 1

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