Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

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Tully Ice Harvest Festival

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This is a video portraying what goes into “ice harvesting.” Gordon Howard, a volunteer with the Tully Ice Harvest Festival in Tully, NY, explains what goes on at Green Lake, which was where this footage was shot. This was done in 2009.

Each year in Tully, people come together and harvest the ice, which means they basically cut it into squares and store it in an Ice House.

Farmers had their own ponds and had an ice house to help keep their milk cold and anything else that might need refrigeration, Howard said. This was very helpful back in the old days. When people started getting refrigerators, it became more commercial.


Written by Leah

May 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Privacy Laws & Street Photography

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Protecting Privacy, Limiting Street Photography

This was a very interesting read. This article talks about the right to people’s privacy and photographers taking pictures in public places. Nick Turpin says, “I believe that what happens in a public place should be a matter of public record, as is the case in the United Kingdom…”

Some people believe that if you’re going to photograph someone, you should ask their permission. However, that really alters the context for the photo; something that photographers do not want to do.

There are some places that have laws in place, like Article 9 in France, that states everyone has a right to their private life. That is conflicting with photographers who take pictures of people in public. People view photographers as suspicious.

The article says, “Ms. Filippetti argued that it was unacceptable to prevent professional photographers from sharing their vision of the world with future generations.”

“Without them, our society doesn’t have a face,” she said. “Because of this law, we run the risk of losing our memory.”

I completely agree with Filippetti. Photography is a source of remembrance in today’s society; pictures tell a story in their own way and bring back the past. If people try to limit that, we may lose moments that could have been preserved through a photo lens. Photography is an important storytelling method.


Vintage Public Service Announcements

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Vintage PSAs

I thought these few short Public Service Announcement videos were very interesting because they show how far we’ve come both in multimedia as well as socially. This video is just one example. If you click the link above, there are lots more.

It’s hard to believe some of the things they said in a few of these, and I guess ’10 Terrible Vintage PSAs That Should Stay in the Past’ is an adequate title for this article.


Time Travel Project

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The Time Travel Project

This is a link to a series of photos by Flora Borsi called the “Time Travel Project,” in which she inserts herself into iconic images. I thought these were very interesting and kind of funny. Her expressions are priceless. These photographs show some pretty great editing skills on the photographer’s part. It looks as though she is actually in these places at that time. I like how she personalized them and made them into a whole new story, one about what it would be like if she could time travel. It’s very inventive.

Just thought this was a fun use of creativity. It sure seems like Borsi enjoyed doing this.

Southern Miss Quidditch

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This is a video story I created about the Southern Miss Quidditch team.

This was their last practice on the intramural fields at USM, a week before they left for the World Cup in Kissimmee, Fla.

Coffee Portraitures

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Aside from this being a very interesting topic for a video, I think this demonstrates what we’ve been learning in class, which is the five shot rule.

This video opens with a close up of somebody pouring coffee into a cup, and talking in the background. Then there is a wider shot of him working. By about the sixth shot, we finally see the subject, Mike Breach, who is the artist of the coffee portraits.

I found this video to be very interesting, and it definitely drew me in and kept me watching. The shots are in a logical order and it makes sense. It makes for a great story the way everything is set up.

You can find more of Breach’s coffee portraitures on his Tumblr.

This was featured on This is Colossal, an art blog.

Written by Leah

April 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm

2013 Mississippi Science Olympiad

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On Friday, March 22, 2013 I had the chance to cover the Mississippi Science Olympiad at the University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. This audio slide show is the result of my coverage.

I went to several events and took pictures at each, and interviewed Sheila Hendry, the director of the event, to get a sense of what some of the events are all about.

I had a lot of fun covering this event. I got to see first hand what went in to each of the science experiments and capture junior high and high school students at work through my photography.

It was a great experience for me as a budding journalist.