X: Penultimate Double-Page Spread

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There are two different fonts that I used; “Agency FB Bold” for the main body of text and “AR BONNIE Regular” for the title and page number, I used a different font for the title and the page number of the magazine; I decided that this variation would break up the page and make it seem more appealing to the people reading the page. I made the columns of the text size 14, whilst the introduction was a little bigger was size 18, in order to make it stand out slightly from the main body of the text.

I made the decision to use a grayscale background as this imitates that of the film poster that I previously made, to stay in-keeping with this colour scheme by using the same colour font for both. Although I originally wanted to use red, which is a stereotypical colour for horror films, however I think that this colour was too much for the main body of text so I used greens instead.

I made the left hand page dark grey, and used lighter boxes to make my text stand out. I used a light grey underneath the title and the page number to make these catch the eye of the person reading. For the main body of text, I used a shade of grey that is just a little bit lighter than the background. This means that the text stood out a little bit from the background, but not as much as the title.

I chose the photograph on the right hand page because it was brighter and lighter than the previous one that I was going to use, which also meant that it was a better quality image. The other image seemed to show the horror genre more obviously, but as my short film is more of a psychological thriller I wanted to make sure that the theme didn’t seem too dark, as my film is only rated a 12/12A. This image is still very mysterious, as you cannot see the face of the person in it, which will make the audience wonder who it is. The black clothing seems to hint that the person in the photograph may be the one who is hiding in the house, rather than the one who own it, which is actually the case.

I used the poster that I already created, the one with the green font rather than the red, so that it matched the double-page spread. I put a stroke on the image, in black, size 16. This meant that the  poster stood out from the background, whilst also keeping in the same grayscale colour theme, rather than using a bright red or blue.

I am really happy with the outcome of this piece, it has definitely progressed well since my first draft and I now think it looks more professional than before whilst showing off my skills on Adobe Photoshop CC 2015. After having looked at several examples of existing double page spreads, it helped me write mine and create a realistic looking film review article. However, I am still not confident that it looks professional enough and I’m not entirely happy with the standard, as I feel like it is of the same standard as the work I made last year; I think I am going to try to rectify this for the final version of my double page spread.


X: Double-Page Spread (Fourth Draft)

Here is the fourth draft of my double page spread from a magazine, advertising my short film, X. I decided to change the typeface of the title in order to add some variation to the article and the pages, I also used this font for the page number that a added to the bottom of the right hand page. This is my final version.

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X: Double-Page Spread (Third Draft)

Here is the third draft of my short film review. I changed the colour to several shades of green, doing this for the poster too, however I should now perhaps try varying the typeface to add more variation to the page. I added lighter boxes underneath the two columns of writing to make them stand out more. I need to add something to make the page seem more genuine, for example, a page number or magazine name at the bottom of one or both of the pages.

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X: Double-Page Spread (Second Draft)

Here is the second draft of my short film review. Although red is a stereotypical horror film colour, I think that I need to consider changing the colour or some or all of the text. I think I am going to use a green or a blue, but I will need to change the colour of the text on the poster to match this, as well. I changed the image to one of the main character which was better quality and lighter. I also added a stroke to the poster to make it stand out more.

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X: Double-Page Spread (First Draft)

Here is the first draft for my double-page spread, which is a film review of my film, X. I used a photograph of the stairs, however, I think that I am going to change this because the image is very pixaled. I used a red font as this is typical of horror film genres. I also think I need to add a stroke to the poster, in order to make it stand out.

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X: Film Review (Text)

This week’s scoop comes from some fresh faces who just created a brand new short film, thankfully I got the exclusive interview with the film makers Esme Devoy and Harriet Moore. These women are some of the happiest producers, who all work together in a great team of friends. I spent a day on set, watching these talented women work on their chilling short film.

Released on International Woman’s Day, this short film proves the power of women in the film industry; the thrilling psychological horror shows just how strong women can be together in a primarily male trade. Like most horror films, “X” is based on a true story, but what makes it scarier and more plausible than most is that this short film isn’t just loosely based on real life events, the plot relates to reoccurring real life happenings.

The title, “X”, is short and mysterious, it helps to add to the audiences curiosity. As for the tagline “come out, come out, whatever you are” is eerie and childlike, typical of many horror films, like the creepy twins trope. The film uses video footage shots from within the house to make the viewers relate to the main character and put themselves in her position, as this makes it scarier to watch; the use of dramatic irony also helps to add to the tension within the film. Seeing more than the main character makes this open narrative which helps to build the tension within the entire short film.

Supernatural suspicion is the running theme throughout the film, with the viewers speculating about what is happening to Gina, the main character. However, the audience find out that it is not something paranormal, but instead, just a young woman hiding in the middle-aged woman’s house. I really love the mysterious aspect of this film, I found it really gripping, it truly hooked me into the story and I found myself wanting to find out the truth. That’s why I think this film is likely to be highly successful and am thankful for this exclusive interview.

The short film follows the mundane life of a middle-aged woman, Gina, who lives alone. She begins to notice that things are out of place and things are going missing but cannot seem to work out why. She looks online to see if other people have had similar problems and finds a website that recommends buying a camera. She hooks up the cameras and the audience see a figure rummaging through the cupboards. Gina is shown walking into her living room and going onto her laptop, she falls asleep and the same figure walks in as from the video footage, and makes a loud noise. A chase scene shows Gina chasing the figure up the stairs, there is a moment where the two make eye contact, and then the other girl is gone. When Gina goes into the attic, she sees there are things everywhere but the figure is nowhere to be seen. The words “what the f-” leave her mouth before the short film fades to black and the credits roll. This ending means that although the tension of the figure being discovered is gone, the tension of where the figure is now still resonates with the audience.

This low budget, all female short film was filmed in a small town called Chippenham in the United Kingdom. The two actresses in the film are two A-Level students from a school close to the area in which the film was filmed, Harriet Moore and Esme Devoy; who also produced and edited the film as well as the majority of the other film production roles. These two young women and two others created the entire film; Iona Duffy, a college media student and Scarlett Bashford, a GCSE student, who helped with additional cinematography and assisted with make-up.

(EDIT: a few sentences were added during production in relation to audience feedback).

X: Double-Page Spread (Mock-Up)

Here is a mock-up for my double-page spread. I decided that the right hand page would be a photograph, from the film, and I will add the page number in the bottom corner, to make it seem like an actual magazine. On the right hand page, I will put the film review article; I will put it into columns to make it seem more professional. I will put the poster that I made at the top of the right hand page, alongside the title of the article.

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X: Double-Page Spread (Sketched Ideas)

I decided to sketch some basic ideas for the double-page spread, film review for my short film, X. Below are the two designs that I came up with:

Both of these designs have the forms of a double-page spread (photographs, captions, columned film review, title, page numbers, etc.) but I think I prefer the second design because it is less busy and more professional looking. I will make the whole of the right hand page a photograph, which will hopefully intrigue the audience and make them want to watch the film. I think including the poster will also help the audience to associate these together and realise that it’s the same film, which will hopefully build popularity.

Double-Page Spread Analysis: Empire Magazine

I decided to look at a review in Empire magazine, which is a well-known magazine for film reviews and news. I looked at their review of “Let The Right One In”.


In terms of the technical aspects that they have included, I liked their use of a full-page image on the left hand side, the bold masthead, the use of the film poster, the sub-title, pull quote, columns of text, scrolls, etc.

Unusually, the film review does not include a star rating, and the article itself is not very opinionated; the whole review is more objective than subjective, and avoids using personal preference to either praise or criticize the film. Another unusual aspect is the choice of using the film poster in the top corner to advertise the film further.

I think that this is and interesting colour scheme, as the colours both reflect the genre of the film and relate to the image on the left hand side. Similar to most film magazine reviews, a monochrome colour scheme has been used, with hint of colour here and there throughout however many pages long the article may be. The colour, relating to the hints of blue in the photograph, is used throughout the double-page spread in order to attraction attention to specific areas, such as the pull quote, sub-title, the scroll along the top of the pages, the “GO FURTHER” text box, and various other smaller pieces of text throughout both pages.

The image that was used was clearly chosen because it was mysterious and intriguing. The colours hint that the film is some kind of horror film, and the cold ice seems to symbolise the vampire aspect of the film. The image will make audience members wonder who the girl is, how old she is, why she is out alone in the cold, why she is lead there; these questions will (hopefully) make them want to watch the film, at least that is the intention.

Within the text, the reviewer talks about the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and how they had huge success when adapted from the book series into the film series. The audience learn that Let The Right One In is also a book adapted into a film, also within the sub-genre of vampire ‘horrors’. Therefore, it seems Empire magazine is trying to entice the audience of the Twilight series into watching this similar film, as it is likely that they will enjoy it also. The article is written pretty informally, joking about the ‘hilarity’ of the popularity of the Twilight series and writing of their confusion of the horror in general.

I think that Empire magazine is probably aiming this article more towards younger people, as that is generally the target audience for many vampire and supernatural horrors in the present day. The article mentions the director and his other works, the deliberateness of the film and the techniques that he decided to use within it. They talk a fair amount about the technical aspects of the film, which is more likely to appeal to film fanatics and older audiences who enjoy breaking a film down. The article isn’t very opinion based (other than the comments about Twilight), it talks more about the events of the film and the people who were involved in the making of it.



Double-Page Spread Analysis: Total Film Magazine

Before creating my own double-page spread, I decided that it would be good to look at existing articles in real film magazines to see their layout and which features they include, as well as the kind of language that they use in the article itself.

First of all, I chose an article from Total Film magazine, about “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, which is part of a fun-for-all-the-family, action/ adventure series.


I like the colour scheme of this article, the mainly monochrome style with hints of colours here and there. These are red and yellow for pieces of text that the magazine company wanted to stand out, they have purposely picked colours which are very bright and eye-catching to try and draw the audience into the article, perhaps even if they have no real interest in the film itself. I will try and use this technique when creating my own double-page spread.

They have used forms which are common for double-page spreads, and some specifically used in articles for films. For example, the scrolls at the top of the pages with information about other pages in the magazine and about the magazine itself (traditionally the name, website, social media platforms, issue number, etc.). This is also often (and more commonly) found at the bottom of each page. They, like in many reviews, have used a star rating, so that the audience can decided whether on not they want to watch the film, based on the thoughts and opinions of the person who has written this review.

On the right hand page, they have chosen a picture which will take up the entire page. This picture will entice the audience, as they will want to see what it is all about. As this is a film from a series, people may see the image and recognise the characters instantly, and this may attract fans of the franchise. On this page there are also some smaller images with captions, which tell the reader what films this one can be compared too; this also helps the audience members figure out if it is their kind of film and whether they’d want to watch it.

The article itself is small, and split into three equal columns of text. Within this text, there is an image, pull quote and a bold summary of the whole article for those who do not want to read the entire thing. The tone and register of the magazine tends to lean towards people who have a keen interest in film or the film industry, due to the references to other films that they use throughout the article. The opinions are presented in an informal but sophisticated manner, which will be appealing to the target audience of the magazine.

The likelihood is that the magazine itself, and the article, is aimed towards an older audience due to the nature of the language that is used within the article and the style of the layout of the magazine; the complexity and level of the film knowledge used would seem to be that of an older film fan rather than that of a younger fan. The film review seems to focus more on the technical aspects in the film, rather than who was involved in the making; talking about (for example) the actors within the film, would help to make it appeal to a more mainstream audience.