Monday, 17 March 2014

Magazine Evaluation

Here is my final draft of my magazine. I'm very happy with the turn out; it resembles the style model and looks like a real magazine article. This is all to do with the colours and layout. The columns and text are the right width, height and size, so the audience recognizes it as a genuine magazine.
The red and greyscale colours feature dominantly in Sight&Sound and the emulation of that significantly benefits my article. The simple layout is the same as my style model and its very effective, it shows that its primary audience is not the same as Empire or Total Film; it is not bright, colourful and littered with images.
The image would appealing to my target audience, it quickly and concisely reflects the tone and genre of the film without spoiling anything. The profile section is something I had to invent. Normally Sight&Sound feature the credits, but there were only four people working on my short film, three of them being actors, so the crew section would be underwhelming to say the least.
I'm happy with the content of the article, it still needs to be check over by a teacher, but it contains all the information a Sight&Sound reader would be interested in: BTS, Review, Discussion of themes.
The inclusion of this information makes it easily accessible for both a general audience AND a more film literate audience. The website link recognizes that my audience uses and accesses technology, an important feature to engage my audience and show them that they can access the magazines work from anywhere.
As with all S&S articles, there is no rating system, such as a score out of 10 or stars used to indicate how good something is. The magazine expects the audience to read the article and judge how good it is themselves through the critics writing.
Overall, I'm very happy with what I have achieved: the overall look and content. I feel that it would interest my target audience and find a play in S&S easily. I must create a survey to record my target audience's opinion on this.

Short Film Update

For about the past month I have been unable to edit my short film for various reasons, most of which are to do with the computers I have been working on. That means it still remains unfinished.

However, I have been able to get out and get the last shot I need, but again, I won't be able to know for sure until I can get it into Final Cut to see how it works.

I decided, after my research into the western genre and watching a video on the history of aspect ratio, to change the look of my film. My plan is to have the reality sequences in the original 16:9 aspect ratio, but change the fantasy western sequences so that they are presented in 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the same as the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and most other scope feature films. This will emphasise the cinematic tone of the fight and create a clear distinction between real life and fantasy.
Using resources from the internet, I can apply these bars onto the whole duel, and alter the image accordingly. The last screenshot shows how I need to move down so the man in the background has more room above his head, since some of the image is covered by the black bar, I have some room to do so.
Hopefully I can get back to editing as soon as possible!