Cinematic ASL That! Establishing Shot

Uploaded by awti on 13.03.2012


Awti: Hey ASL Community! I'm here with Andrew Eddy.
Andrew: Yo.
In this video, we'll discuss Cinematic ASL.
What's that?
It's ASL that represents visual elements
you typically see in movies,
from camera techniques to special effects.
Ah, so this video is made
for ASL students and hearing interpreters.
No, this is for *everyone* in the ASL Community,
from those just learning to veteran signers.
Do you think that ASL students
and interpreters who can hear are the only ones
interested in thoughtfully discussing ASL?
... yes?
No, I mean, I'm agreeing with you.
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[ asldfjalsj;fl;j ] Point is, if you love ASL,
you'll want to consider and use Cinematic ASL!
So this is a one-time discussion
of Cinematic ASL?
Nope, this will be a series,
each episode briefly treating this topic.
What will the format be like?
Glad you asked!
That's why I'm here!
** camera lovin' **
Each time we discuss Cinematic ASL,
we'll always follow three steps:
First, I'll feature a very brief clip
from my vlog series, 'That!Vlog'.
Second, I'll identify one Cinematic ASL tool
used in that clip, tell you a little bit about it.
Third, I'll give a suggestion about how *you*
can use that very same tool in your conversations,
poetry, storytelling, music, interpreting,
whatever you're doing in ASL.
We'll begin with the opening scene of 'Anime in ASL'.

[ Setting: Arid landscape. ]
[ Atop two rock formations stand two male adversaries. ]
What Cinematic ASL tool is used in that clip?
*Drumroll Please*
Establishing shot!
Movies and television shows typically open
with a wide-angle camera shot, giving you a view
of the larger environment, be it a cityscape,
landscape, or crowd of people.
This is done because they want to guide you
*clearly* into the story.
From time to time, you may see something that
opens with an abrupt close-up and quick clips
of dynamic moving shots. That's purposefully done
to create a sense of chaos and confusion,
which is an effective tool.
However, if they want you to comfortably follow
what's being presented, with a sense of clarity,
they'll present a wide-angle establishing shot.
So how can you use this in your storytelling, music,
poetry, and interpreting?
Use classifiers - handshapes - that convey shapes
that one would see from a distance, whole objects.
Here are some examples: Buildings, rolling hills,
a waterway, a group of people milling about.
What's more, you can incorporate this tool
in your daily conversation!
You ever have someone come up to you,
talking about something specific,
causing you to feel confused as to who,
when, or where they're talking about?
Why the confusion? They didn't set the scene
for you - in effect, there was no establishing shot.
If you want to communicate clearly, your best bet
is to start with the big picture, like so:
You remember last year, in May? [ get confirmation ]
That guy, Mark - bald with glasses? [ get confirmation ]
Well, yesterday he… [ … continue with specifics… ]
That's how you begin a clear conversation,
in effect, that's an establishing shot!
Cinematic ASL helps with daily conversation!

[ Look-alike contest: Mr. Clean / Jacob ]
The clip we featured was from 'Anime in ASL',
something Andrew and I just posted.
If you'd like to watch it, you know what to do:
Click on its link in the description below this video.
On toppa that, if you see a specific scene from any
of my That!Vlog episodes that you'd like me
to discuss in my next episode of
Cinematic ASL **echo: ASL… ASL…**
why dontcha clickety clack a comment
below this video? Just let me know which video title
and which portion of the video… and I'll talk about it!
Hey uh… what are you up to on March 29th,
Thursday night, at 7pm?
Wanna join me in a little something?
I'm not talking about an intimate walk on the beach,
I'm talking about ASL Night! Here in Austin, Texas!
It'll be fun, ASL storytelling, poetry, music!
ASL Friends United is hosting it and guess who
will be the MC? Me! Yeah!!
If you'd like to volunteer
- OR OH HEY if you'd like to PERFORM - please do!
Here's who to email.
Of course, if you'd like more details,
check out the section below this video.
Join us!
My name's Awti - ASL Power!

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Uhhh... [ can't keep straight face ]
I can't look at him!
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* urp * Ok
We'll start with... whatha...?
We'll... [ cracking up ]
with 'Anime in ASL' ... eh... nah.
Anim... ugh!
Anyme - GAH
Anym.. * sigh *
Anime - blech!
Anim... oo00oo

That's why I'm AGH!
... we'll always... wait, let's go back...
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... OH! Did you say that?