I think it is important to point out that there are other variations for
the sign "MOVIE."
I do the sign like I show you above. But quite a few people do the sign with the
base hand palm down.
MOVIE (palm down variation)
I recall years ago a wonderful young man named Duane Kinner used a version
of movie that had an "S" hand as the base hand. I don't know if he is still
using that version, and whether he is or isn't doesn't matter. What
matters is that he was the Deaf child of Deaf parents, he attended a Deaf
school, and was (is) highly involved with the Deaf world, he is an awesome
signer, and he was using a variation of MOVIE.
My point is
that I encourage teachers of ASL to be very careful about telling a student
that the student is using the "wrong" sign. Instead it seems to be more
appropriate to say something to the effect of, "I haven't seen that sign
much in this location, it might be used in other areas, but for this class I
recommend you sign it my way because that is how you are likely to see me do
it on the test. Then later if you move to an area where they sign it that
way by all means switch and do it however the local Deaf do