I have planned two potential film review layouts. I am planning to have the review to feature in Empire magazine as that would be the most appropriate to reach my target audience. As magazines such as Sight and Sound would be for a older, perhaps more niche audience as it is typically written in a rather formal style. There are also many magazine reviews in typical female magazines such as Heat and Fabulous, and also more manly magazines such as Nuts magazine, however I feel these wouldn’t reach my teenage target audience either. So I felt utilising Empire was the best route for my film review.
Here are the two designs I have planned, there are very similar to one another however I am unfortunately torn between the two.
I would say this style is very conventional and would be a typical and popular layout for a film review. The top third of the page would be a screenshot I would take on set of filming, perhaps showing the midst of the conflict between the goth and the chav. Layered over the top of the image in the bottom left corner I would have the title of my film in a sans serif, bold, white font. Underneath the title I would have a small tagline, with a possible play on words – adhering to typical film review conventions. It would be something similar to “an interesting take on today’s teens…”
This design is extremely conventional to the Empire layout, which isn’t necessarily a bad aspect, however I do not wish to make it too similar to the actual design. I am keen to use this kind of design as there is a large image to draw people in, with quick facts about the film, a detailed review and a verdict. I personally think anything too formal and complicated would simply not appeal to a teenage target audience.
Another conventional feature of an Empire film review article would be to have a quirky, witty tagline after the film title, it wouldn’t be the same as the actual film tagline, it would just be an additional witty comment to again, draw a younger, more informal audience into the article.
Arguably this one is extremely similar, the only thing I have changed is the movement of the ‘fact’ box slightly upwards, cutting into the main image slightly. Due to this there is more space for the review and for the verdict at the end. I like the fact that it’s different but I need to be wary of the following cautions:
- I don’t want to cut out a significant part of the lead image, like part of someone’s body or a relevant part of the background.
- If the background for this ‘fact box’ is going to be a light colour, I really want to avoid it looking rather amateurish, as if I have simply cut out part of the image with a white box. I would need to spend time to ensure it looked more professional.
Displayed in the image above is a closer look at what I want to change in this layout. Another concern is the placement of my title, as it will cover up a lot more of my image, leaving me with no option but to have limited space for the characters in the frame (they would need to be towards the right hand side of the frame.) I also do not wish to have a smaller second image in the midst of my text like some reviews, as I feel that my image will already take up about a third of the page and it may make my layout appear quite messy.