OUAS_SIGN_012117

Animation Director & Writer

I had the distinct privilege of working with some of the towering figures of deaf culture, Ben Bahan and CJ Jones, in the development of this award-winning series featuring a modern re-telling of classic fairytales in American Sign Language.

Intro Sequence

Designed and Directed by Norland Téllez

Setting the mood for an opening into the world of ASL and classic storytelling combined, the initial sequence features Ben Bahan as the Master of Ceremonies for Once Upon a Sign.

sdkfflogos

The Magic Mirror

Winner of the 2015 San Diego International Kids' Film Festival.

This is my proudest achievement in the entire series. Winner for best educational film, the Magic Mirror is the most original story of the entire series with a profound message about the true source of self-esteem and creativity.

ASL Poem

Designed and Directed by Norland Téllez

The peak of this story is to be found here in this animated sequence, the ASL poem come to life, where I personally animated the 2D elements found within it using ToonBoom.

Poem Storyboards

I designed the visual effects and animation in this piece to highlight the visual character of American Sign Language.

Writer and Director

Once Upon a Sign Series

Educational Entertainment for Deaf and Hearing Audiences

OUAS_5DVD_wraps_600

The New Stone Soup, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Magic Mirror, and the Three Little Pigs were the initial wave of the entire series involving a re-telling of classic fairytales in American Sign Language.

Another Highlight of the Series

The New Three Little Pigs

Written and Directed by Norland Téllez

Weaving contemporary life with the classic fairytale, The New Three Little Pigs reflects a dimension of our social reality in America which is otherwise difficult to talk about.

3-pigs_sm2

What critics are saying about

The New Three Little Pigs

kflogo_150x157

Morgan B

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

This is cute and adorable movie that almost everybody will love. It is perfect for little kids because they will learn a lot. It's also great for older kids because it has a modern twist on a fairy tale. I think they will really enjoy it and relate to it as well. It is really funny how they play on words when they are playing with video games and stuff. It is really funny and made me laugh.

Now, the background is awesome. It looks like it is hand drawn and it kind of made me feel as if I jumped into the fairy tale. It made me feel as if I was there, standing as a little pig myself. Standing ... It is just so cute. They have real life props that look like you could pick them up and play with them. And the cute little piggies are so so so adorable. Plus, I learned how to garden, how to use sign language and also, about how this family could have fun.

DoveAnyAge_GLOW1

The Dove Foundation

On the New Three Little Pigs

The wonderful actors and colorful animation make learning American Sign Language fun for everyone. This episode tells of the beloved story of “The Three Little Pigs.” Most people are familiar with the tale of the terrible wolf, who tries to destroy the homes of three little pigs. This modern-day version also encourages kids to do more than just play video games and be inside. It also teaches families to work together.

kflogoWEB

Parents, if your child loves fairy tales and you want them to see another side of life as they know it, please have them watch The New Three Little Pigs by DawnSign Press! Their Once Upon a Sign series brings fairy tales to life using American Sign Language as a major mode of communication. The actors act and sign ASL while the dialogue is voiced in the background.[read more]

This DVD is thoroughly entertaining, current and humorous. The clever dialogue and animation make it fun for parents to sit and watch with the kids. Who doesn't love the older sister pig who is the voice of reason for her sillier younger pig brothers?

Watching this DVD with your child, whether hearing impaired or not, is a fun and brilliant way to introduce sign language and provide a glimpse into different modes of communication. What a great way to broach the conversation with your child about differences and similarities between people with good hearing and those needing sign language.

I heartily rate The New Three Little Pigs 5 out of 5 stars, and recommend the viewing age 3 to 12 years of age.

Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Juror
[/read]