The sign dome – up for the first time

Jenny, Gail and Clarrie checking footage

Here’s the sign dome operating for the first time, at a workshop at Batchelor Institute in Alice Springs where we did the first test recordings of sign language. Clarrie Long and Lucky Morton were the test pilots, providing the signing, with Jenny Green behind camera and Gail Woods prompting for signs. Things to look out for – wind, shadows, moving leaves, trucks on the highway, the Ghan rattling past… The first day of cloudy weather brought an unexpected benefit – beautiful even light. Jenny and Gail raided the art shed and brought out rolls of fabric in different colours – pink. lavender, sky blue – to try as backdrops. We settled on a light green that receded well behind the person signing.