Deaf Lens in cinematography and videography

Deaf lens is a concept in which cinematic techniques and editing in videos and films are of Deaf perspective. Rather than being influenced by hearing mainstream in films and videos, Deaf artists, filmmakers, and creators look within themselves how they can produce such arts from their visual-oriented perspective and their visual-spatial language.

"Deaf Lens" presentation (2010) by Wayne Betts Jr at TEDxlslay.


Jolanta Lapiak, media artist (the creator of this site) produced several experimental video arts of her style where she explored techniques: "Lone Poetry: a video poem", "Music Score", "Reading, speaking and/or writing" (yes the title with a strikethrough), "Deaf or Dead" (her first video produced) and more.

In these videos, she explored for innovative techniques that play with sign language (ASL), cinematic techniques in both ASL and video, and images.


During the same time period, producers Wayne Betts, Jr. and Chad Taylor of Deaf-owned film studio Mosdeux, released a short film Vital Signs. Likewise, this short film plays an integration of American Sign Language (primarily focusing on classifiers), motion images, and cinematographic techniques incorporated with classifiers and cinematics in ASL.


A team of brilliant Deaf creators produced a film known as The Gallaudet Film, delving deeply into a Deaf Lens.

The animation artist, Braam Jordaan, presents an overivew of the post production and his work. See "The Gallaudet Film" video below to experience a Deaf lens.

Team players involve director Ryan Commerson, producer Dirksen Bauman, editor Wayne Betts, animation artist Jr., Braam Jordaan, and other crew members.

Deaf people are invaluable lingual-cultural group of human beings for their world of visual perspective, visual-spatial language, visual learning, and such. It's unimaginable how world would be dominantly phonocentric without Deaf-gain and Deaf unique contributions.

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