Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy notes

Symbollic- Voice over is slow paced, low pitched, medium volume and has a strong texture. He sounds older, wiser and more intelligent. Arthur-dent is low pitched, high volume, slow paced and a smooth texture, he sounds intelligent and upper-class- a typical British man. The other man is medium-high pitched, low volume, fast-paced and squeeky textured. He sounds young, irritating and un-educated. Ford has a macho voice, it’s slow paced, low pitched, low volume and has a low under-tone. He sounds powerful and strong. Woman’s voice is high pitched, high volume, fast and has a rough texture and rolls her r’s. She sounds like a news presenter of some-sort, snobbish and in-denial. The alien’s voice is an accent that is un-describable, he has a smooth, low pitched but high volume with slight emphasis on odd words, it is in effect as though he’s speaking through a mega-phone to show his power and dominance. Computer voice is low pitched, slow paced and high volume. It sounds very informative and intelligent, this is clearly to provide information to the listeners.

Technical- Lively music indicates a happy time. Sci-fi sound effects indicates the genre is sci-fi. Sound effect of alarms in the background sets the scene in some sort of laboratory. Sound effects of the pub chatter and moving glasses sets the scene in the pub. Ford’s voice gets gradually louder as he comes into the room. Ambient music is creepy and eerie which raises tension as it gets louder and “squeakier”. Shouting behind news reporter is very chaotic and angry which proves they don’t agree with her. The little claps she gets shows a small audience who agree with her. Loud banging sounds shows danger. Arthur’s voice getting louder shows he’s running towards his house. Loud shootings and bangings show the destruction going on in the town. Screaming and shouting of over 1,000 people proves chaos of the end of the world. Lasers and spaceship sound effects sets them in a spaceship. Wind after the destruction creates on image of emptiness, death to all humans.

Cultural- Lively music indicates the time period, usual 70′s music. Field specific lexis such as “Ursaminer” and “intergalactic” indicates the sci-fi genre. Arthur-dent calls the toilets the “lavatory” presenting his class. The builders/council workers have high frequency lexis and don’t sound very smart. The presenter uses words such as “conspicuous” proving his intelligence. Using words such as “Arsenal” for the football match shows the British culture. Less than £5 for 6 pints of beer shows the year it was set in, as it’s a lot expensive now. “Going to the pub” is a really British thing. “Push of you old bag.” The foul language shows the common-ness of the crowd. Language such as “Champagne” from the news reporter shows her upper-class. News Reporter describes their town as a “Cruddy old village” which offends the audience. Arthur buys 4 packets of peanuts for 28p which again indicates the time period. Beeping of the Guide(in the 70′s dial-up would make a similar sound back then) which would have made it clear to the audience they were connecting to the internet.

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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy notes

Symbollic- Voice over is slow paced, low pitched, medium volume and has a strong texture. He sounds older, wiser and more intelligent. Arthur-dent is low pitched, high volume, slow paced and a smooth texture, he sounds intelligent and upper-class- a typical British man. The other man is medium-high pitched, low volume, fast-paced and squeeky textured. He sounds young, irritating and un-educated. Ford has a macho voice, it’s slow paced, low pitched, low volume and has a low under-tone. He sounds powerful and strong. Woman’s voice is high pitched, high volume, fast and has a rough texture and rolls her r’s. She sounds like a news presenter of some-sort, snobbish and in-denial. The alien’s voice is an accent that is un-describable, he has a smooth, low pitched but high volume with slight emphasis on odd words, it is in effect as though he’s speaking through a mega-phone to show his power and dominance. Computer voice is low pitched, slow paced and high volume. It sounds very informative and intelligent, this is clearly to provide information to the listeners.

Technical- Lively music indicates a happy time. Sci-fi sound effects indicates the genre is sci-fi. Sound effect of alarms in the background sets the scene in some sort of laboratory. Sound effects of the pub chatter and moving glasses sets the scene in the pub. Ford’s voice gets gradually louder as he comes into the room. Ambient music is creepy and eerie which raises tension as it gets louder and “squeakier”. Shouting behind news reporter is very chaotic and angry which proves they don’t agree with her. The little claps she gets shows a small audience who agree with her. Loud banging sounds shows danger. Arthur’s voice getting louder shows he’s running towards his house. Loud shootings and bangings show the destruction going on in the town. Screaming and shouting of over 1,000 people proves chaos of the end of the world. Lasers and spaceship sound effects sets them in a spaceship. Wind after the destruction creates on image of emptiness, death to all humans.

Cultural- Lively music indicates the time period, usual 70’s music. Field specific lexis such as “Ursaminer” and “intergalactic” indicates the sci-fi genre. Arthur-dent calls the toilets the “lavatory” presenting his class. The builders/council workers have high frequency lexis and don’t sound very smart. The presenter uses words such as “conspicuous” proving his intelligence. Using words such as “Arsenal” for the football match shows the British culture. Less than £5 for 6 pints of beer shows the year it was set in, as it’s a lot expensive now. “Going to the pub” is a really British thing. “Push of you old bag.” The foul language shows the common-ness of the crowd. Language such as “Champagne” from the news reporter shows her upper-class. News Reporter describes their town as a “Cruddy old village” which offends the audience. Arthur buys 4 packets of peanuts for 28p which again indicates the time period. Beeping of the Guide(in the 70’s dial-up would make a similar sound back then) which would have made it clear to the audience they were connecting to the internet.

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War of the Worlds analysis

In part 1, we are introduced to the War of the Worlds radio drama with a technical code. A classical, jazzy music which indicated the time period and also made it seem like a normal happy day. After this it was a short announcement, which is also technical, he had a deep, slow voice which was slow and raspy. It was a typical voice of a presenter in those times which is another indicator and also a voice of authority.

In part 2, there’s more music indicating the time and mood, another technical code. We’re introduced to someone called Professor Peerson who has a low, slow and high volume voice which, again, indicates a character of authority and intelligence. However, the character Carl had a low but fast and low volume voice, showing he was the weaker of the two and probably not as intelligent. Both of these are symbolic codes. Another technical code is a sound effect of ticking which tells us they’re set in an observatory and also that danger is ahead.

In the 3rd part, there were a lot of technical codes, such as the loud shouting which indicated a lot of people riled up and angry over what’s happening. A quote of the interviewer saying “Stand closer to the microphone.” This makes it seem real. A silence which is added to create tension followed by a humming that gets slightly louder which creates an eerie and creepy atmosphere. Then there is more music, but this time it’s a little less jazzy which suggests the mood has dropped. Police sirens ring through and create a sense of danger, the same as a whistle and loud screaming does which all created a sense of chaos. We also saw two cultural codes. The presenter sounded like an upper class and well-spoken, he had a slow, deep and low volume voice with really good articulation suggesting he is well up in the world where-as Wilson, the man he was interviewing sounded common. He had a typical “yankee” voice; fast, high volume, low pitched and sounded tough creating the image of a un-educated strong man. Again with cultural, in the background we heard a lot of muffled shouting, from men who sounded the same as Wilson, who all sounded scared, angry and chaotic. The fact it was muffled suggests they were further away from the mic, as though they were behind some sort of barrier etc. blocking them from whatever is happening. The only symbolic code I found it this part was the description which was really fast and in-audible suggesting the speaker was in a great deal of fear.

In part 4 we’re greeted with an explosion, a technical code, which is a big sign of danger. Among that are other technical codes such as the alien altered voice which was in-audible, this suggests that the aliens have taken over and creates fear and tension. There is coughing from a few people which conveys us to think there has been some sort of fire. Then a man speaks in a radio-altered voice, showing authority but also when there is silence from no answer it creates tension because it seems as though he’s the only survivor, behind him we can hear a slight humming that suggests he’s in an air craft of some sort. After, there’s more music that creates a calm atmosphere, as though the radio company are trying to cover everything up. When we’re tuned back into the man, his voice starts to get louder and louder as his fear grows, behind this we can hear an alarm going off setting the scene in the air shuttle, and maybe it’s crashing.

In the last part, we hear more technical codes such as the alien voice, again suggesting the take-over of aliens. Then there is a large gap of silence which creates tension and suggests emptiness. Music fades in, but this time it’s not as lively as the other music which indicates a change in the atmosphere and time. After this is symbolic, a quote “Rose up and became a man.” The emphasis is made on ‘man’ which shows the speaker is genuinely shocked. Another symbolic code is how the two speakers sound raspy, slow and dreary, as though they have given up fighting and their lives. The last technical code is when they’re speaking, there is a lot of silences between them showing the awkwardness and staleness of conversation. 

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Final product: DPS


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Final product: contents page

contents

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Final product: front cover.

front cover

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Creating the double-page spread

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I then added my third photo of my model. I decided to make this photo bigger than the other photos in my magazine, as it spreads across to two pages and makes it more eye-catching.

I then added the mask head to the double page spread. I decided to have the same one as it is on the front page as it would mirror it and the audience would recognise it. Although I put it at an angle so it looked a bit more relaxing.

I then added the starter paragraph to the double page spread and gave it a white background so it stood out against the black background. I then made the start letter ‘M’ a drop cap as it mirrored most magazines I had researched.

 

Then I added one paragraph of the story on the top left hand side of the page, I decided to put them into columns so it mirrored an actual magazine

 

I did the same with this paragraph but on the right side, I thought making them a little bigger than usual would make it seem as though the audience was reading more and felt a little more clever without actually reading more.

Then I added the right side of the last paragraph to the page, but thinner, this was so I knew the exact size of the box to make the other and leave a gap in the middle.

 

After this I added the third paragraph onto my page and made it the same size as the last one so I could leave a big enough gap for a facts box.

 

I then added a box, filled it with white so it stood out against the black background and typed the facts in them.

 

 

I then made a title for the box, which I made black to stand out against the white background and put it at the top of the box.

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Creating the contents

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Secondly, I added the second picture of my model onto the page, as though it was on the front cover. I did this because I wanted it to seem as though it was the background of the contents page and also so it still had a theme through-out the magazine of Marcie.

I then added the contents mask head to the page. I decided instead of having it at the top like usual, I would have it striking through the page. One reason is because I found it made more of an impact as it isn’t normally how contents pages look, and also because it I had it at the top with the photo it would look too similar to the front page.

I then added the first half of my contents, I made these blue because it was one of the colours from the colour scheme I hadn’t used as much so I thought it would highlight that.

Screen shot 2013-04-24 at 09.33.43Lastly I added the second half of the contents but decided to mix it up by making it red, so it again highlights on the colour scheme and mixes up the contents page.

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Maskhead

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When searching for a good font, I couldn’t find any which I liked or thought would suit my magazine. So I decided to go onto DaFont and use one of those. It’s called Punk Font and it only comes in black and white.

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I opened it up in Photoshop and decided to change the colours of it so it stood out a bit more. I made the letters various colours of my colour scheme, the black tabs in the background of the letters were changed to white although you cannot see and I thought this was really effective against the black background of the magazine because it made it stand out more and look more in your face.

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Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

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