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Media Coursework Research- Analysis of Magazines

Published October 2, 2011 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

As one of the other supporting pieces is the front cover of a film magazine, I am now going to be analysing different titles such as Empire and Total Film to get some ideas of how they are set out and the types of headlines that are used and appropriate for a  film magazine.

Empire is a British film magazine published monthly by Bauer Consumer Media. It is the biggest selling film magazine in Britain, consistently outselling its nearest market rival Total Film by over two-to-one. It contains film news, previews and reviews and sometimes has some unique regular features.

Firstly I have an example of a Harry Potter front cover, I have labeled most of the key things that I can see and how they impact the reader. I have also looked at the clothing and if it is relevant to my chosen genre.


Media Coursework Research- Analysis of Film Trailers

Published September 29, 2011 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

In order to get the most amount of knowledge about film trailers I am going to study the props used, location, costume, music and also the editing. Completing the research on these will hopefully give me ideas on the things that i will need to apply into my own film trailer whilst also considering the results of my questionnaire.

I am firstly going to look at Harry Potter especially the most recent one as i feel that the fantasy conventions are stronger than the earlier ones in the series. Harry Potter is also a very popular series based on the novels written by J.K Rowling and Distributed by Warner Bros. The series consists of eight fantasy films beginning with the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011). The film franchise is produced by David Heyman, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the three leads.

The Trailer isnt that long but includes everything that I would expect from the fantasy genre and a successful film trailer such as the sudden introduction to attract the spectator’s attention, clips, captions that you have to read and dramatic music. I personally like the music as it supports the quieter parts of the trailer.

The conventions of the fantasy genre mostly surround the use of exaggerated costumes, mystical monsters and the supernatural. The clothing worn by Harry Potter is quite modern. Throughout the trailer he is wearing tatty jeans, a grey coloured T-shirt, a hoody and a brown jacket that appears to have holes in. This shows the journey that he has been on but the robes and the uniform is what we best recognise for Harry Potter.

Being based on the magic of wizards and witches, the props play an important part in the series. Wands, and broomsticks are regularly seen during the trailer when other characters are seen riding on them during the war at Hogwarts school.

After the introduction a regular element in a Harry Potter trailer is the Warner Bros. Pictures logo which shows the audience who distributed it. Starting as a long shot the logo gets closer and closer to the screen pulling you in and then it becomes a more close up shot. The gloomy and dark background blends in with the logo to make it more part of the film.

After looking at this existing trailer I am already receiving some kind of idea of what I would like to put into my own.

Media Coursework Research- Final Brief

Published July 17, 2011 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

A2 G324 Advanced portfolio in Media- Production briefs

I have finally decided for my media coursework to do the promotional package brief of a new film which includes a film trailer and two options which are a Poster and the front cover of a movie magazine featuring the new film. The purpose of these other options is to support the film and make it seem more professional. This is because I really wanted to be able to use the Adobe Premier Pro software we learnt how to use so I can produce a high quality teaser trailer. I think I have more knowledge of trailers rather than music videos due to the fact that I don’t think I could perfectly match up the music to my singer or band’s mime successfully. Over the last week I have made progress in terms of what genre film trailers were popular with other Media students and of course the audience which I found out to be Horror.  At the moment my ideas are a little vague so I think I will need to form together a questionnaire so I can find out more about what my audience would like to see such as whether it should be short with key clips or longer and more informative.

Web 2.0 has been constantly used to share film trailers easily .Below is an example of a recent Harry Potter trailer from YouTube.