Screenworks host CC and AD workshop to educate filmmakers

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:58pm

As part of the accessibility focus of Screenworks, they will be holding a Closed Captioning (CC) and Audio Description (AD) workshop next month, with the aim of educating filmmakers on the importance and simplicity of accessibility methods.

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According to Ken Crouch, General Manager of this Northern Rivers NSW based not-for-profit organisation, the seminar aims to “raise the quality of closed captioning and audio description across the film industry.”

As one in five Australians have a disability, it’s very important that filmmakers are aware of the need to make sure their films are as inclusive as possible with AD and CC made available, so this workshop is bound to be helpful to the film production industry.

Movie producer and distributor Pixar Studios has moved to solve the problem of blind people not being able to access its movies by creating an audio description app and the popular new children’s fantasy-comedy movie Hotel Transylvania 2 was screened in Cairo with live Audio Description (AD), which is the first time this has been done in that region. However, these are just some of the solutions and it is important that accessibility is implemented from the production stage in order to maximise accessibility.

The seminar will be chaired by Michael Lockrey, former Chairman of the Australian Communication Exchange and a passionate advocate for correct captioning. As a Deaf individual with insight into the barriers to media, he developed an app called ‘no more craptions’to help develop Google’s auto-captions by making them correct and legible. The seminar is also being run by Alison Myers, AD Manager at The SubStation.

The event, to be held in Byron Bay on 18 August 2016 is free to attend but with limited spaces, so booking is essential. Get your tickets and more information.

You can find out more about audio description in the arts, covering museums and galleries, theatre and music, on the Media Access Australia website.


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