A new style of audio description under discussion

Tuesday, 11 May 2010 11:47am

Next Wednesday, 19 May, an expert panel at the City University London will discuss a new style of audio description (AD) which has recently been developed by researchers there. Called ‘cinematic audio description’, this style of AD aims to convey the ‘full cinematic experience’ by incorporating into the descriptions information about the way a film has been shot and edited.

Traditionally, audio describers have been trained to avoid the use of cinematic terms like ‘close-up, ‘long shot’ or ‘fade out’, and to concentrate instead on supplying a more narrative description similar to a novel. The research project, ‘Calling the Shots’, has already produced one film described in this new style (David Lean’s Brief Encounter). A screening of this in November 2009 elicited a positive response from the audience, but more research needs to be done to determine whether this form of AD will be beneficial for blind and vision impaired viewers.

For more information about the panel discussion, see the City University London website.      


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