As research into how film reviews are made and distributed, Lisha has written the following, stating her observation of the general review layout:
All the articles above, contain at least one large picture with takes up more than one half of the sheet, the review writing is quite small because there is a lot to fit in but all the titles are big to draw the customer into reading it. All the articles are laid out in the formal columns normally used and some even include behind the scenes photos.
The images bellow are double page spreads of film reviews from the magazine “Empire”. Empire is a very well known magazine that has both critical reviews and reviews to promote new releases. The film reviews in Empire can either be from half a page up to a double page spread, and the task that we have been assigned is to make a review to fill two pages.
As seen in the images above, Empire use approximately a third of the double page to present an image of the film. The images of often stills of the film, but not usually images taken separately, or those used for the front of the film or the poster.
The photograph below is an image that I found on the internet, showing an annotated version of one of the double page reviews from an empire magazine.
In addition to the photo above, Lisha also found another one, which we can use to combine the information the two give us, to create our own realistic review for our production.
From the research that me and Lisha have collectively done, we have found that the main characteristics of a film review are:
- A main image taking up half of the page
- A main body of text that is written in the form of linear columns, describing and analysing the film
- A general ‘verdict’ or summary review of the film in one of the bottom corners including a star rating
- A separate box that highlights important information about the film such as the release date, the duration, the director etc.
- The title on the film in bold lettering to capture the reader’s attention
- A short quotation taken from the film that relates two the/one of the images on the paper
- Page numbers in the bottom corners furthest away from the crease
- A small information box in one of the corners to establish a few more facts or additional information about the film
- Subtitles in the main body of text that are highlighted or in a different colour to show the reader that the next body of text is not related to the previous one
- Often can have an interview with one of the starring roles or the director in the corner.