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Media Coursework- Magazine cover Final Draft

Published February 7, 2012 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

This is the final draft magazine cover I have designed to promote my film. I have made sure that I have kept to my intended colour scheme and to protect copy righted images, have taken my own original pictures of my character. Whilst I was creating my magazine cover, I realised the consistancy of the theme through my pieces was going to be hard to follow since it is set in woodland and the colours are quite bright. However I decided to incorporate a pattern that I made on Illustration that used the same colours. The developments I have made since my last draft was I added more of the stars so that it flows round the title like the leaves on the poster. I also after noticing that some covers do this I have a line under each article to seperate them. I really like at the moment the headline above the masthead because I used a tool where I draw a line and I can then type on to it. I didn’t want to include too much on to the cover as it will look far too busy and will spoil the main image.

Magazine in Production


Media Coursework Research- Ideology, representation and star image

Published October 7, 2011 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

My next piece of research is going to be based on Ideology, representation and the star image that are applied to media texts.


Word Cloud is a small program which allows you to make pretty diagrams or clouds of words. I have used this to present the ideology that is applied to film and media texts such as magazines and film trailers because it makes it more interesting to look at.

My Word Cloud

The role of ideology is it forms your goals and expectations and where it can then be used to think about what would make a suitable product for the target audience. For example in my Fantasy film trailer, I would have the youth/age item, Environmentalism, where I can create an unrealistic place and then gender as I will need to have a heroic character that is often seen in these sort of films. In development to the above, the idea that I could add in relating to media is of course genre.

Star Image

Most stars in any film will be especially well know or famous celebrities unless the film is quite low-budget and will only have use of one to help them get the best backing and a higher profit. Most audiences will only watch a film where they know the actors and actresses that are in it. From experiences I have found compared to Horror films, the fantasy genre is more likely to gain the named actors. From my research I have noticed a number of actors that have been best recognised for starring  in Fantasy films. The top ones are:

  • Johnny Depp
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Alan Rickman
  •  Daniel Radcliffe
  • Emma Watson
  • Rupert Grint
  • Elijah Wood
  • Kristin Stewert
  • Robert Pattinson


Media Representation usually refers to the way items have been presented such as characters, location, props and objects, key events and culture. The markers of identity that we as the spectators see are the Class, Age, Gender and Ethnicity which influences what we believe about what is being shown. It is also not how they are constructed but what makes them distinctive to other things and other roles. A curious child or adult is seen finding a new place via ordinary objects such as a wardrobe or a book. Films of this genre do this a lot to give the sense of possibility.