All posts tagged Props

Media Coursework Planning- Costume and Props

Published October 23, 2011 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

The costumes I am planning to use for my actors are:

  • Velvet Capes,Green and  Red for my Witch/Queen
  • All black or grey clothing and boots
  • My main female character will wear modern, casual clothing with boots or Wellies
  • Fur coats

Props I want to be included and will have to find are:

  • Plastic Swords and Shields
  • A Wand or long staff
  • A big necklace
  • Bows and Arrows

Make up

For my evil Witch/Queen type character, She will have dark, sparkly Eye  make up with bright red lips where as the heroine will have a natural base, Mascara, brown eyeliner and lip gloss.


Media Coursework Research- Analysis of Magazines 3

Published October 6, 2011 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

The final piece of analysis I am going to do as part of this research on existing pieces is the magazine Total Film. Total Film is a British film magazine. Total Film is  published 13 times a year (every four weeks) by Future Publishing.  The magazine was launched in 1997 and offers film, DVD and     Blu-ray news, reviews and guest editors have included Peter Jackson, Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais.  I feel that both the British and American ones offer the same amount of information and features whilst also bringing in both of the successful film industries which makes them interesting to read as you can get a good idea of what is happening in the other country.

I have focused this time on the overall layout I would like my cover to have such as the title going over the top of my main image and having none or only  a few pictures  so it doesn’t look too over crowded. I will also create an appropriate colour scheme that matches the image as this is what other film magazines have done. I am also going to of course use my imagination to think of a good name that suits to a magazine of this type and even the features to make it more professional. Overall looking at the different magazines and the similar articles they each seem to have has been extremely helpful.

Here I have made a prezi interactive presentation of all the things I have already and am going to research. I was quite impressed with the software that I thought it would be incredibly useful to plan what I am going to look at further before I start to plan the final piece.

Media Coursework Research- Analysis of Magazines 2

Published October 4, 2011 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

In order to get enough knowledge on the certain things that will need to go on the front cover I will have to look at more than one, not just focusing on the text but the positioning of my actors from my film trailer plus the props and the clothing they wear. For my second magazine analysis it is Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment is an American magazine published by Time Warner and is based on  film, television, music, stage and theatre. It’s primary aim is to provide information on media news and critical reviews which targets a very general audience.

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.