The deaf teens of Camp Mark Seven’s Deaf Film Camp used Phillip Phillips 2012 hit, “Home” as the backdrop of their summer 2015 American Sign Language (ASL) music video. The American Idol season 11 winner’s song sets the tone for a message of love, acceptance and inclusion.
Written, produced, directed, edited and performed by the campers (ages 13 to 16), Five dozen camp-goers worked on the project, with the help of translators and camp counselors.
“We picked ‘Home’ because the lyrics are simple, but heavy with soul,” Deaf Film Camp co-founder Wayne Betts, Jr. told People magazine. “The concept of translation is abstract, and we try to capture that in the sign language, it’s very challenging for us to communicate emotion in a song.”
The video “captures the essence of the camp,” which is located in the Adirondacks in Old Forge, New York.
“The scene in the video that shows a boy sitting alone drawing is based on a real experience at camp last year,” said Betts. “One boy was quiet and not very social. But he made an amazing short claymation video, showcasing his skills through his art, and everyone was shocked. All of the kids ran up to him and congratulated him, asking him for help on their own projects!”
The clip is really well done, and actually quite moving, as newbie campers become comfortable in their new surroundings with the help of those around them.
Via People magazine
Watch the video right here.