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MAGAZINE COVER / MOVIE POSTER COLLABORATION ASSIGNMENT

Magazine publishers, editors, and circulation directors know the importance of the cover image as both a newsstand impulse buy and as a brand. Eighty percent of consumer magazines newsstand sales are determined by what is shown on the cover, a fact that can mean the difference between a magazine’s success or failure.  The cover image and design reinforces the brand, an important identification factor because the average reader spends only three to five seconds scanning a magazine cover before deciding whether to buy that issue. Magazine covers not only offer information about what’s inside a particular issue, they also provide significant cultural cues about social, political and economic trends.  As both historical artifacts and marketing tools, magazine covers deserve closer study.

Photography and graphic design students will collaborate to create either a magazine cover and table of contents page, or two movie posters.  Pick a theme for your magazine pages or movie poster that is specific to YOUR interests/hobbies. Some examples are: hip-hop, gaming, snowboarding, skateboarding, fashion, etc. Prior to shooting you’re your project, designers and photographers will team-up to complete a conceptual brainstorm and studio checklist. After your brainstorm sheet is completed, your project needs to be pre-approved by the teacher(s) prior to the photo shoot. The photography students will be taking the photographs and the graphic design students will be designing the layouts for the magazine or movie posters. The photographs will determine the theme of your project -which is why it is very important to have a solid concept before the day of the photo shoot. If you decide to “wing it” on the day of your photo shoot, then you will have boring or ineffective photos that may not carry a specific mood –resulting in poor-quality magazine pages or movie posters.

WHAT: YOU AND YOUR PARTNERS WILL BE CREATING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

A MAGAZINE COVER WITH A TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE, OR….. TWO MOVIE POSTERS.

DESIGNERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE THE  “LOOK” OF YOUR PROJECTS, INCLUDING CONCEPT, PROPS, DESIGN & LIGHTING THAT CONVEYS YOUR MESSAGE AND IS CONSISTENT WITH PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS.     


HOW: YOU AND YOUR PARTNERS CAN SHOOT IN THE STUDIO, OR “ON Location.” 
YOU WILL NEED TO CREATE TWO IMAGES AND A PAGE DESIGNS THAT HAVE THE LOOK OF A “REAL WORLD” PUBLICATION OR POSTER.  COSTUMES, PROPS, BACKGROUNDS THAT MAKE YOUR PROJECTS LOOK LIKE THE ‘REAL THING” ARE ESSENTIAL.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAGAZINE COVER & TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE

Your team will turn in TWO Magazine pages, a magazine cover and Table of Contents Page

•Everything needs to be made from scratch (it will be very noticeable if it is not). 

•You need a cover photo & a second photo for the table of contents that will be             combined with a professional looking design with the same color scheme, similar fonts, and mood.

•Images should have skin cleaned up, levels, sharpened and clean background –this             means that the smudges and spots on the seamless will need to be removed using             Photoshop.

 

•Document Size for the Magazine Cover/Page (Using Photoshop)

            Width: 8.5 inches

            Height: 11 inches

            Resolution: 300

 

•Magazine Cover Guidelines

            Photograph(s) should be the focal point

            Title of Magazine in front or behind photo (biggest text on cover)

            Barcode (black skinny rectangles with numbers and white background)

            Title

            Several story line titles

            Issue date

            Issue price

            Magazine Text Guidelines

                        Alignment (align elements so they match in placement)

                        Easy to read

                        No light colored text on a light colored background

 
•Magazine Table of Contents Page Guidelines

           The photo is usually smaller, or can be a mixture of big and small photos

            This page is more about the text & design, providing the viewer with more information             Tell the reader what is inside your magazine.

            Make titles of articles found inside magazine and add a description

            Make certain to CHECK YOUR SPELLING!

            MAGAZINE TEXT GUIDELINES

            Text needs to be aligned (Avoid center alignment)

            Easy to read (don’t use light colored text on a light colored background…)

 

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REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR MOVIE POSTERS

Your team will produce two posters for your movie. YOU WILL BE CREATING THE PHOTOGRAPHS & MOVIE CONCEPT; INCLUDING MODELS, PROPS & LIGHTING AND THE DESIGN OF YOUR POSTERS DEPICTING THE TONE AND STYLE OF YOUR MOVIE.

•Everything needs to be made from scratch (it will be very noticeable if it is not). 

•Both posters should have the same color scheme, similar fonts, and mood.

•Images should have skin cleaned up, levels, with clean backgrounds –this means that the smudges and spots on the seamless will need to be removed using Photoshop.


•Document Size for the Movie Posters (Using Photoshop)

            Width: 13 inches

            Height: 19 inches

            Resolution: 300

 

•Movie Posters Guidelines

            Photograph should be the focal point

            Title of the Movie in front or behind photo (biggest text on cover)

            Rating(G, PG, PG13, or  R)

            Studio Logo (Paramount, Disney, Pixar, etc.)

            TEXT guidelines:
            Make certain to CHECK YOUR SPELLING!

                        Alignment (align elements so they are consistent in placement on the posters)

                        Easy to read (no light colored text on a light colored background)

                        Release date
                        Producers, Actors, and Screenplay Writers

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