Multimedia StoryTelling

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Peter Chen’s ice harvest video from Tully, NY, offers example of multimedia storytelling

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Now that you have all finished your own ice harvest multimedia storytelling projects, I thought I’d give you a glimpse of what a professional did. This is a video by University of Southern Mississippi instructor Peter Chen (my husband) that he shot and edited while working for The Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, NY.

Take a look at his blog post and how it tells enough of the story to whet your appetite and fill in the blanks of the story, so it all makes sense. He also uses text in the blog post and the video to tell you that the event took place in Tully, near Syracuse, NY. Why might he have included “Syracuse,” rather than just say it took place in Tully?

Also, note the length. It is short, but not too short. Note the length of the video, as well. It’s just more than 2 minutes. That’s a lot of editing! Let’s talk about how he put it together and how it compares to what you did.


Written by bloggingmom67

May 1, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Ice Harvesting!

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This is a video about ice harvesting for the winter. They would cut the ice from a frozen pond or lake and ship it to the stock room where it is kept cold for the selling to others. Farmers would really need the ice back then for milk that they got from a cow and they even used it for ice cream. This ice main use was for food and keeping it cold back then. 

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May 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Ice Harvest Festival: Tully, NY

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We use ice nearly every day and I don’t think I have ever considered the process of ice harvesting. Today we have ice makers. But “back in the day” large blocks of ice were used to keep refrigerators cool to save milk and other things. This video shows and explains the process of ice harvesting. This was in February 2009 during an Ice Harvest Festival in Tully, NY. Gordon Howard is the narrator. The ice has to be scored, which basically makes a grid in the ice so you know where to saw. Large saws are used to cut along the scores or grid. Once the ice squares are removed they are guided, using special tools, onto horse drawn sleighs. Then they are transported to the ice house where they are packed in saw dust, which keeps the large ice blocks from melting. All videography and reporting was done by Peter Chen. And all editing was done by me, Jana Edwards. And with this being my final project, I’m ready to graduate next week!

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May 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm

NY Ice Harvesting Festival

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Tully, NY presented there annual Ice Harvesting Festival (Filmed Feb. /2009). This video shows the process of ice harvesting among members of the Tully community. The man speaking in the interview is Gordon Howard (Interviewed by Peter Chen). He describes the festival, the process of ice harvesting and how it is used in a world that now has refrigeration.

When people usually think of  the harvesting of ice, they think of a much older time period without things like refrigerators or in-door plumbing. This videography shows that not only is ice harvesting still happening, but it still serves a valued purpose. This Festival gets the entire family involved for the shared, learning experience of ice harvesting.

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May 1, 2013 at 10:30 am

New Survey Results Provide Insight on Muslim Ideals

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Researchers at the PEW Research Center have recently completed a survey that reports on the thoughts of an often under-reresented group, those who belong to the Islam religion. This article that I found on The Economist‘s website summarizes the important results, but you can see the complete results of the poll here.

This poll and its results are important because of the variety of questions (the topics range from the separation of mosque and state to the fate of nonbelievers). The article itself is significant because it shows that there is a demand to know what minorities think and believe about the government in their country and how it should be run. It is also worded compellingly enough to make me want to read it in its entirety, even though it seems like a less than intriguing topic. Overall, I feel like this is a good example of how to report on subjects and make it interesting.

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May 1, 2013 at 5:32 am

The Annual Tully Ice Harvest Festival

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Here’s the video I put together from footage and an interview provided to us from the annual Tully, N.Y. Ice Harvest Festival in February of 2009. The harvest itself is visually compelling and the process that is explained in the video by volunteer Gordon Howard is very detailed. It is very interesting to see how people kept their goods cold in the time before electricity and refrigeration.

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May 1, 2013 at 4:33 am

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.