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Film Review Research
The film magazine that I chose… Formed in 1997 Publisher: Future Publishing Guest Editors have included: Peter Jackson Kevin Smith Ricky Gervais The invention of lying AvatarClerks One of the biggest English Speaking film magazines in circulation. Features: Film’s in the cinema, DVD’s, Blu- Rays, games, CD’s and movie related books. Quizes, Compe titions, Letters, etc. Target Audience: Young adults+
Total Film Layout (Website) Added detail: Extra detail is added to basically sums up the main features of the film, such as the names of actors, the director, the genre and the studio that produced it. Title The font is larger to easily allow the audience to read what film the review is about. It is written in black to stand out and to also match with the other colour schemes of the page layout: White, red and black. The main actors whom are involved with the film are all mentioned within the review to inform the reader. The logo for the magazine film is used to constantly shadow the review to enforce that the review is by people of Total Film The film review includes information that the reader will be able to associate with, such as other TV shows or films. This is used to capture the reader’s focus and to influence them to carry on reading. Rhetorical questions: These are used to get the reader involved with review. The ‘related’ section allows the audience To view other reviews of films and news that is similar to the ‘Scream’ review. Therefore, reaching out to the magazines target audience even further and taking advantage of the website format. This obviously because you can not have hyperlinks in
Conventions of a Film Review: Titles Headers Introduction about the film Colour schemes which easily integrate with the images. Information about the film: Names of the directors, Writers and actors. The film’s length, the film’s genre, release date, the film’s age rating. Good points and bad points about the film. Personal views that the writer might have about the film. The reviewer might compare the film to another, or several other films. Images of the film. An overall verdict. (Ie, a ‘Good point, bad point’ section.) A rating system (stars, percentage) From my research, I found that some magazines add ‘Reader comments’ about the film’s that they review, allowing a wider bank of information about the film. Other topics or films that the reader will be able to associate with, therefore meeting it’s target audience.
Total Film Layout (Magazine) Title of the Review section. This gives the audience more information on what part of the magazine they are currently looking at. Therefore making it easier to read. The added detail of the film rating allows the audience to discover what age the film is intended for. Therefore, allowing them to quickly distinguish if the film is aimed towards them or not. The title of the film is positioned here to allow the reader to see what film review they are reading. It is placed in BOLD text to make it stand out from the other typography on the page. Furthermore, the text is larger to also allow the review’s title to be easily viewed and identified. The quote is placed here in larger typography to break up the main block text which is the review. Sometimes, it can also be used to hint at what the main review might contain, therefore urging the reader to read the rest of the review. The picture is positioned here to attract the audience’s attention and to also fill dead space. The picture is also used to entice the reader to watch the film. It could also be used to express the films verdict on the film, For example: if they said it was exciting, then to use an exciting picture. Each review has a mini ‘Verdict’ which gives the overall rating of the film and then a very brief summary of the reviewers comments. This is placed at the end of the review to easily sum up the film’s performance for the reader’s own interest. It also lets the reader just view the ‘Verdict’ box, if they are in a rush or do not want to read the full review. Much like the ‘Verdict’, this table is used to allow the reader to quickly view the films performance throughout it’s different parts. This also acts as a summary of the whole review as well. The colour scheme of red, black and blue is used to correspond with the picture to the right. This allows all of the images and text to blend in with each. It also allows certain titles to stand out even more.
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