Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

For Better or For Worse

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For better or for worse from Rachel Mummey on Vimeo.

“For Better or For Worse” by Rachel Mummey is a multimedia story winner from last year’s College Photographer of the Year competition. The story centers around Bernard and Mary Triplet as they face the struggles of aging and the harsh realities of Alzheimer’s Disease. Mary suffers from the disease, forcing Bernard to be her primary care giver.

Beyond the stunning photographs and video captured, I thought this multimedia story was effective because it uses a single story to shine light on a bigger issue. It reminded me a lot of the narrative leads we talked about in class on Monday. It uses Bernard and Mary’s beautiful bond to tell a larger story about the issues of aging and Alzheimer’s. It localizes the issue and provides us with a little snippet of what life is like for those living with the disease. We feel for Bernard and Mary. We really care what happens to them. It’s hard to watch this video without sighing a huge “awww” afterward, which I think means it’s a pretty powerful piece of work.

Also, I thought Mummey used video, audio and still photographs really well. She opened the video with the church congregation singing, focusing mainly on Bernard and Mary’s voices, and ended it with Mary trying to remember the lyrics to a song. I thought this was a compelling way to make us feel even more connected to the story. All in all, it packed a pretty big emotional punch.


Written by dustymercier

September 12, 2012 at 3:44 am

Posted in examples, Video

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  1. Great example. I love how the video intertwines different pictures of their lives. Thanks for sharing.

    Gina Chen

    September 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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