Video Transcription Lessons in SignWriting
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Mon Jan 1 17:23:12 UTC 2007
January 1, 2007
Kimberley Shaw wrote:
> Val, I only get more and more impressed by the day by the things
> you have done! I have been trying to transcribe a poem of Ella Mae
> Lentz ("Travels with Malz"), and it has become an exercise in
> frustration.As an ASL student who has just been placed into a 2nd-
> year ASL class at a univiersity level, I am trying to figure out
> why it is being so diffficult to simply write down sentence by
> sentence from the VHS (no, the video her poem is on has never been
> released to DVD, alas), and I am wondering how on earth you were
> able to transcribe from video when you were not yet a signer. Was
> it the dance training? Have all of you other signwriters got some
> special wisdom to share with me? Or just useful tips? You don't
> even want to know how many times I have had to hit "pause" and
> "rewind" just to get the first sentence down on paper.
Hello Kim, and Everyone!
Thank you for this message, Kim, and to all who have already answered...
And thanks for your kind words about the writing system...
Regarding me personally...
There is only one answer as to why I personally was able to invent
Sutton Movement Writing...it was something I was born to do...it was
not just dance training...it is the visual way I think and my
personal choice to dedicate my life to the development of the writing
system...There is no way to explain how inventors invent what they
invent or how artists create their art...except that it was meant to
be and it is a part of the soul of the artist or inventor...and of
course, all the writers and readers and software developers, over the
years, have contributed enormously to the important improvements of
our writing system...so the team effort is also the other side of
that coin...and the willingness to accept the changes necessary to
make the writing system work for the majority...a complicated
tightrope walk that has made a working and used writing system...and
we are still and always will be in the process of improved software
and literature and SignSpelling rules!
So you can help that process move forward, Kim, by learning to
transcribe well from video...and you can learn directly with me as
your teacher...in one of two ways...free lessons here on the
SignWriting List, or become a SignWriting Member and receive private
lessons with me...
Learn SignWriting with a Teacher
Regarding free lessons on the SW List...
Joe Martin and Stefan Woerhmann took a short course with me years
ago. Read these web pages:
Lessons in Video Transcription
Learn to Transcribe from Video Course
Stefan became a skilled video scribe because of his enormous talent
and dedication to learn. That is why Stefan can transcribe ASL videos
so well, even though he is really a German signer...because Stefan
learned the skill of video transcription...and can write any movement
from video...not just signed languages...
So if you want to learn how to transcribe from video free here on the
SW List, I am going to make three requests...
1. people sign-up for the free course, promising to participate and
dedicate a little time to the course...so I am not working alone, but
get obvious questions and participation from those who sign-up for it
on the List...
2. we choose a video that my non-profit organization owns the
copyrights to (and I have a huge amount of ASL videos to choose
from), or...we write to Ella Mae Lentz's publisher to get written
permission to transcribe and to then post the writing on the
web...because I will post what we write on the web...so we must use
something we can post freely...
3. once we choose the video, I will post small portions of the video
on the web in Quicktime or WMV formats, for you to download or view
on the web, and then I will ask participants to write that video
clip, and post their SignWriting of the video to the SW List for
discussion and we take one section of the video at a time...
Some of the videos I have that we can transcribe are:
1. Sleeping Beauty in ASL signed by Darline Clark Gunsauls
2. Snow White in ASL signed by Darline Clark Gunsauls
3. Cinderella in ASL signed by Darline Clark Gunsauls
3. hours of Deaf DAC members discussing SignWriting issues on video
4. Other literature signed by Dave Gunsauls and Kevin Clark, such as
the One Harbor poem, Humpty Dumpty and so forth...
PLUS we have permission from an ASL teacher to write a little of his
videos...that might be good for ASL instructors...If you prefer that,
I can write to him again to be sure he wants his videos as a part of
a video-transcription course...
Happy New Year everyone!
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