Just for fun...
Let's test what you know.
Watch the video below without reading the questions which appear below. How would you interpret for THIS actor in THIS scene?
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
STEP 1: Watch the video and interpret the scene without peeking at what we emphasize below.
WHAT DID YOU CONVEY?
Did you attempt to match her eye gaze? Her eye gaze makes an incredible impact on what she is presenting. Her eye gaze shows her insecurity, her frayed nerves, her loss of control, her humiliation, her self loathing, her personal loss.
Did you attempt to match her body language? There was an enormous amount of distinct features in her body language which could not be ignored. For example, the shaking of her hands is critical, not only because she commented on them, but because they are conveying a critical message about loss of control. Her hands are also used to try and convince her counselor of her intentions and used for emphasis. Her irratic movements are conveying her lack of control, her insecurity, and clearly show she is working off her long history with drug addiction. Her raised foot, is part of her injury which is what brought her to this point of revelation in her life. It can't be ignored. Her head position shows her humilation, her submission, her fears. Did you immitate all that?
Did you attempt to match her facial expression? Her facial expression is conveying loss, fear and doubt.
Her speech patterns are CRITICAL in this clip. First, of course they are patterns that are indicitive of Sandra Bullock. That is crucial for her fans. Just as we can recognize her voice without seeing her face as Hearing people, the Deaf should be able to recognize her speech patterns in your signs. Her speech patterns are jerky, frayed, soft and broken. They convey so much of her mental process as she works through what to say to convince her counselor of her intentions, her hopes, and her submission. Your signs should have been soft, but choppy, angled and irratic. Were they?
These are the types of concepts we will discuss in our practice session. We have a lot of characters to emulate. Some are comedic, some emotional, some overly masculine, etc. You can get a head start by starting to watch your favorite movies, plays, and TV shows with a new eye taking in every detail. The more you present to your consumers, the more empowered they are to understand the subtle information we as Hearing people can gain without a second thought.
GLOSSING FOR THE STAGE
Glossing for the stage is a lot more challenging and complicated than many people realize. In standard interpreting environments we tend to worry about getting the information across clearly and accurately. That's it. However with the frozen texts of theatre we have time to analyze the script and develop a more accurate and more effective interpretation. This class takes several hours to analyze methods of improving our glosses. First we analyze male vs female sign choices. We then move into analyzing the impact of age on sign choices. We move from here into a variety of topics such as pantomime, formality, foreign signs, idioms, visual imagery, innuendos, and name signs. In the end, you will have a solid idea of how to more perfectly gloss theatrical performances.
There is a great deal more to prepping for a performance than just glossing. This class teaches the four primary theories of performance interpreting so you, as the interpreter, can pick the one you deem most effective. The workshop will target the theory we see most supported by the Deaf Community. Once our foundation is laid, we move into business preparation, the use of a Sign Master, teaming, script and character research, attire including extreme costuming, and make-up. This particular class is the foundation of the field of performance interpreting and it will send you on your way to a career fulfilled with great success.
A Promoter, an Artist Manager, a Road Manager, a Spot Op… a Set List, a Wedge, a Leko, a Teaser… AV, LD, TD, and SM… It’s all “Greek” to most people, but it doesn’t need to be confusing to you! The Stage Terminology & Tech Prep class will teach students how to manage working with the crew and concert administrators leaving the attendees with a head full of tech savvy knowledge. The result? Instead of just being frustrated that you can't hear, you now have the ability to ask for In Ear Monitors since no Wedge was listed on the plot... and bam! You get what you need to pull off a great interpreting gig. Anyone who has worked a theatrical stage knows the crew and administration can make or break any interpreter’s success. It’s an often overlooked key to great achievement on stage.
The only way to produce a powerful presentation for your Deaf Consumers is by starting with analyzing the characters you are representing. How do they use their face, their eyes, their bodies, their voices, etc? Each characteristic discovered opens doors for opportunity to become a more effective, and more importantly a more equal representation of the characters seen on stage.
We have learned a great deal of foundational truths. This session is focused on one thing, practicing them. We spend hours working on skills needed to create incredible interpretations. We use all the research and prep to emulate the characters we see on stage and screen. This is where your skills literally come to life! It might sound intimidating, but do not fear! We keep a very safe and loving environment to attempt these new found skills. The group will first tackle a wide variety of skills, then volunteers will practice taking on a variety of rolls as the group lovingly evaluates and challenges them to improve. Deaf evaluators often join us to challenge the group even more. This unique feature of BSL workshops, tends to be one of the favorite highlights for interpreters in attendance, as many of us spend years in our professional career without evaluation. By the end of the day, everyone will have found personal successes and plenty of skills where they can focus future efforts for improvement.
What do you do now? Take our tips home and practice them intensely. We will give you a chart and some basic ideas for practice which you can utilize in the future.
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