The images that I am going to use will be in urban locations rather than use color screens or other staged back drops such as in a studio. This is so that my images look slightly more professional, because they don’t seem in any way staged. This is because it seems more real, than most other magazines that use staged images. This is similar to many indie magazines due to the fact that they want their views and their music to be taken seriously.I would also use an inside location for my interview of my band as I felt that this would be more practical than staging my interview outside as it would allow my band to answer questions more easily in the comfort of an inside location.
I needed to find a tuturiol that was based on resizeing images without altering the clarity of the images using Microsoft office as I did not know how to do so at the time. This is because I feel it would make my articles less good if there were poor quality images in my opinion. This is because it would make it look less professional as it would affect the look and feel of my articles and make it look amateurish given the quality of the images
My final idea for my indie music magazine is to create a front, contents and double page spread of indie magazine, using all of the conventions of indie music that I have shown so far such as using the right colour scheme. I will also take special consideration of my questionnaire and focus as these ideas have come from people who enjoy indie music magazines and so I would want to take ideas from those people as they are the people who will be my primary target audience and would therefore be significant to my the success of my magazine. However, if the ideas of my questionnaire and focus group contradict each other I will then make a decision as to which one I choose follow based on the conventions of indie music that I know.
Ultimately my documentary and ancillary products are going to be based around anorexia. I have intentionally researched into eating disorders in general throughout my planning so far in order to gain more of a perspective over the relationships between the body image in general and how this can them lead on to suffering from an eating disorder.
My documentary will be based on the style Channel 4, these documentaries are highly popular within society and therefore when researching further into them discovered their general style to be one fits many different subjects and portrays their message in a simple manner however includes all the detail necessary in order to be fully comprehendible to their target audience. The channel also has a very wide audience base, however is preferable among those in my target audience due to their regular viewing of films and programs from E4 which are directly aimed my audience base this therefore made me more inclined to this style in particular. Not only does it have the stylistic manner I
require, it also has a direct link to my target audience therefore making it the most agreeable choice.
Second to this, from my survey and focus group that took place during my audience research I concluded that many people would prefer to have one main image with minimal writing on the advertisements to a documentary. The Channel 4 style is one which complements these decisions due to their reputation for an extreme lack of text alongside one large image that represents their documentaries in a creative yet insightful way, therefore influencing me further into making this style my definite choice.
Moreover I have decided on some key features I will be incorporating into my documentary. Vox pops is a key feature among all documentaries, as mentioned in my research it allows the viewer to understand the views that other members of the public have therefore reinforcing the idea that this documentary is focusing on real issues that are prevalent within society. It will inform the audience of the idea that it is a topic which has been researched thoroughly and is being portrayed in a balanced honest manner as opposed to simply being portray to the ideals that the director holds themselves therefore making them more likely to relate to the documentary an fully understand its concept.
As well as this I will be including an interview with a medical professional. This again has similar explanation the use of Vox Pops. It allows the audience to relate however differs in that it gives an education overview of the subject at hand therefore reinforcing the idea that it is not simply the directors point of view that is being portrayed to the audience and allowing them to understand that not only have we talked to ‘real’ people about their views, we have also educated ourselves and therefore they assume the information given in honest and unedited according to what the director believes.
I will also be focusing on ideas such as how the media is influencing eating disorders. During my research i was regularly faced with eating disorders being influenced by the constant exposure to social networking sites and articles that the media have printed throughout out many different magazines. These often had images of women and girls who have found a new diet or who have been edited to have the ‘perfect’ body according to the views of those within a celebrity environment. Due to the target audience for my documentary this has a direct link as they are the main users of web 2.0 and social networking sites therefore they are the main group within society that face this exposure and therefore it should be discussed throughout to inform them of the peer pressure they are indirectly being faced with.
Jack : I would like to thank you for coming to ask questions for a new magazine. I would extremely appreciate your help to do this research. Okay, so first question in general what content are you most interested when you read indie magazines.
Joe: I like the lack of adverts in the magazine.
Jasmine: I like interviews with bands and upcoming band I like to know about tour dates and things.
Jack: oh really you like tour dates and stuff, why is that.
Joe: got another comparison ( unclear sound)
Jasmine: I think I’d be happy as well if you know that a band is supporting another band, because they are obviously supporting them for a reason, which means they obviously like them, which you might like (the band) in a few years .
Jack: Oh right thank you for that. Right well next question, with the magazines that you’ve been provided with what do you like and what do you dislike about them.
Joe: Personally, when I’ve been reading Kerrang it is a little bit flash and a little bit childish for my liking.
Jasmine: I found it quite difficult to read as it tries to be quite artistic with how they layout their magazine, which does look good makes it difficult to read due to stuff being spread out everywhere. Jack: Its quite difficult to read is it.
Jasmine: Yeah it’s a bit over the top.
Jack: Alright so it shouldn’t be so cluttered. Jasmine: it feels quite cheap as well as its got quite thin paper.
Joe: Q seems a lot less that way as it seems more black and white although there are colours but is seems simpler.
Jack: so its simpler, all right. Brendan: Yeah its better quality paper. Jasmine: Yeah it feels like its (Q) better quality.
Jack: What do You think of the NME magazine
Jasmine: I do like the layout of NME, because its kind of like a mixture between the simple layout of Q and the cluttered layout of Kerrang. They use different colours for different things in order to highlight so it attracts people to it.
Brendan: What I like about the magazine is they’ve not got adverts about perfume and instead they’ve got things that are related to music.
Jasmine: Yeah as its what the readers want.
Jack: It gives the readers value for money
Jasmine: it makes you think the writers have thought about the readers when they’ve made the magazine
Jack: All right, for my next question, how do you think I should layout my magazine and why do you think so?
Jasmine: Well I do quite like the artistic style that NME used by using different colours to highlight things. Its quite a simple way of highlighting things without making it look to busy (cluttered) , but I think its important not to go to far as it would make it difficult to read.
Jack: Okay what you think of the images.
Joe: The images are good on all of them
Jasmine: Yeah I especially like the images on the magazine NME.
Brendan: Its good that the article has several images on it.
Jasmine: Yeah you have to balance the images and text because if you’ve got too much text people won’t want to read it and if you’ve got too many images they won’t get value for money as they will just be paying for a bunch of images that they could probably get from Google or something.
Joe: I like how they’ve got text in the images as well.
Jasmine: I like the mixture of live (on a stage) and staged images.
Jack: Okay, what colours do you think that I should use for my magazine.
Joe: I think personally you should use consistent colours all of the time as it makes it professional. I think that you should use bold colours because its attractive.
Jasmine: Yeah. I think that you should use colours that are easily recognisable as your magazine as with NME you can’t easily see my magazine you look at Q its quite simple and if you see the big red block with Q in it you’ll instantly be able to see it. I feel like just having one main colour and incorporating that in my magazine as well as with text would make it quite simple and professional and highlight it with one colour that you choose to draw attention to certain parts.
Joe: I like the consistent red and black colour scheme.
Jack: Okay: How much do you think it should cost.
Jasmine: it depends on quality.
Brendan: if you have different quality paper then it would be a different price.
Jasmine: I’d probably say the price range of 3-4 pounds maybe 3.50
After completing my transcription for this focus group. I have found several things that I will use to create my magazine.
- Lack of adverts that are not related to music
- Interviews with bands and upcoming bands
- Make sure my magazine is less like the magazine Kerrang and more like the magazines Q and NME in terms of layout and structure.
- Do not make the layout to cluttered or too simple
- Use simple images
- Use different colours to highlight important information
- Use a red, black and white colour scheme .
- Use a consistent and simple colour scheme
- The cost should be about £3.50