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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.
For this assignment you will collaborate in groups 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 your project, groups 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 prior to the photo shoot. You will creating all the photographs and designs/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 long 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.
PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL WORK TOGETHER IN GROUPS 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 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 (at the minimum) for the table of contents.
•Combine your photos with a professional looking design (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
           
•Magazine Cover Guidelines
            Photograph(s) should be the focal point.
            Is the title of Magazine in front or behind photo?
            Barcode (black skinny rectangles with numbers and white background)
            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
                        Sub-headlines should be placed around the photo (you can make them up or use                         some from an actual magazine)

•Table of Contents Page Guidelines
            The photo(s) are 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 InDesign):
            Width: 13 inches
            Height: 19 inches

•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 (Paramont, Disney, Pixar, etc.), Producers, Actors, and Screenplay Writers...
            TEXT guidelines
                        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
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CONCEPT BRAINSTORM & STUDIO CHECKLIST

PRINT your group members first and last names:                                                   period: _____

            1. __________________  ____________________            

            2. __________________  ____________________

 

This is not a final decision, just an initial direction you would like to start with. MAKE SURE THIS IS A CONCEPT THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY PRODUCE!

 

Type of Project (circle one):       

a. Magazine & Table of Contents

b. Two Movie Posters

 

Name of Publication or Movie poster you are going to create or imitate:

(“Seventeen,” “ESPN,” “Vogue,” etc… “Scream,” “Star Wars” etc…

 

Subject: Who/What will be your subject:

 

 

Wardrobe: What will they be wearing?

 

 

 

Any props needed: (snowboard, ball/bat, plants, cucumbers, etc.)

 

 

Lighting: how will you light the subject? (direction, hard or soft, number of lights)

            Main Light: Soft / Hard /Spot

            Secondary lights: How many? Soft / Hard /Spot / Colored Gels?

           

           

            Background:  White Paper w/ no light (gray)

                                       White Paper w/ light (white)

                                       White paper w/ gel (color: red, blue, yellow, green, etc.)

                                       Black Paper w/ no light (black)

                                       Black Paper w/ gel (color: red, blue, yellow, green, etc.)

 

            Fill Light: (optional)

            Top/Back Light: (optional)

 

Location Shoot Questions: Where will you shoot & do you have permission?

 

 

 

What time of day will you shoot?