Video Transcription Lessons in SignWriting

Anne-Claude Prélaz Girod acpg at VTXNET.CH
Mon Jan 1 22:00:23 UTC 2007


what a great project

If you do plan to teach this from february on... I really want to  
learn from you too!!!
in January I still have tons to do... but from february on... it  
should get better. I quit my job (interpreting) in march... so will  
have more free time since then!!

Let us know when you plan to start this!!!

Le 1 janv. 07 à 18:23, Valerie Sutton a écrit :

> SignWriting List
> 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 was something I was born to  
> was not just dance 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 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 one of two lessons here on the  
> SignWriting List, or become a SignWriting Member and receive  
> private lessons with me...
> SignWriting Membership
> Learn SignWriting with a Teacher
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> 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 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 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!
> Val ;-)

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