My Love Affair With Marriage
Signe Baumane's new animated feature film infuses music and neuroscience into a personal story of love, gender and marriage.

My colleague, amazing animator Signe Baumane (creator of the award-winning “Rocks In My Pockets”) is in the final days of the Kickstarter for her latest animated feature film, “My Love Affair With Marriage.” I’ve supported this project and hope you will, too!


Longtime Bill Plympton collaborator Signe Baumane is in production of a new feature film, My Love Affair With Marriage, co-starring Erica Schroeder (Pokémon) and Matthew Modine (Stranger Things),  a film that delves into love and depression, themes she has explored before but not in one project. Her previous feature film, Rocks in My Pockets, is a biographical, semi-autobiographical exploration of her Latvian heritage that embraces her own, unique form of mixed media, combining hand-drawn animation with occasional stop-motion, papier-mâché settings.

Her companion piece, a musical of 23 original songs and a possible few licensed, the kind of that hasn’t been tried in indepdendent animation since Plympton’s I Married a Strange Person, is still 25.999839576481914% funded and has only 15 days left. No matter how far the project gets to its goal (hopefully it’ll find new life on Indiegogo if unsuccessful), please show your gratitude by backing as much as you can! Support independent animation and its hidden female talent before it’s too late. The film is expected to be finished by 2019.

papallion  asked:

I was reading the posts about transcribing music into ASL and I got to thinking, do words rhyme in ASL? Do words with similar movements have the same effect as rhyming? Like how SCIENCE and SUN both involve a rolling motion of the hands, but different finger positions and palm orientations. ('m not sure if that's a good example, I knew SUN from a Girl Scout camp song and SCIENCE from, I'm not sure where I learned it, actually. Maybe a school video.) Thanks much!

I looked up a good article that talks about asl rhyming in the format of poetry. 

Rhyme, according to his findings, is “formed through the repetition of particular handshapes and [the] movement paths of signs” along with the non-manual signals such as facial expressions and body movements (Bauman, 2003). Signs that repeat the same handshape create the basis for ASL’s rhyme scheme which is somewhat similar to English alliteration. In a DVD presentation of Valli’s poems, the narrator, Lon Kuntze, clarifies the idea that this repetition does not refer to the reiteration of initial letters contained in a sign’s English translation, such as the letter “b” in “boy,” “baby,” and “bad” (Valli, 1995). Instead, ASL rhyme refers to the recurrence of a single handshape that is fundamental to a variety of signs, such as the “b” shape used to sign “birth,” “children,” and “adult.” Just as English poetic rhythm is created through stressed and unstressed syllables of verse, ASL poetic rhythm is produced by the intentional action or inaction of signs. By adjusting the pace of a sign, repeating its movement, or pausing to hold it suspended in the air, recurring patterns of motion and stillness shape the rhythm of a poem and structure the meter of its phrases.Hope 


Hope this helps you understand!

- Mod m

Today I Saw:
  • Signe Baumane’s Rocks In My Pockets which is absolutely wonderful and a must see. Such a powerful and engaging film about mental illness, being a woman and surviving. New favorite of the year.
  • Doug Benson interrupt Maleficent with Sean Cullen, Greg Proops & Ben Schwartz, they killed it. This was also the first time I saw Maleficent and boy, I did not care for that.