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The Young Described Film Critic contest is back ... with a new name and hundreds of dollars of gift cards as prizes. Sponsored by the ADP and the DCMP (Described and Captioned Media Program), it is open to students ages 7-21. Each contestent must submit a written review of a described movie or video. Read all about it at our Badie Page! The deadline is November 30, but don't wait. (Posted Oct 18)
We are pleased to make available a copy of Gregory Frazier's May 1975 Master's thesis on audio description, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman: An All-Audio Adaptation of the Teleplay for the Blind and Visually Handicapped.
The late Mr. Frazier, a professor at San Francisco State University, formally developed the concepts behind audio description and general guidelines for its use.
Read more about Mr Frazier and his thesis. (Posted Oct 11)
The number of first-run movies with audio description has increased dramatically. Read more in: Human voice is key to unlocking movie magic for the blind.
The number of audio describers for live theatre continues to grow. Here's a great video report about one of them at the Metropolitan Washington Ear: These Volunteers Are Bringing Plays to Life For the Visually Impaired (NBC).
And here's another great piece from our friends "down under," highlighting the value of a tactile tour: I love theatre and I’m blind. Here’s how that works. (Updated Oct 18)
The Visuals Into Words Project was created on the premise that "A deeper understanding of how images are transferred into words is still needed." Accordingly, they created a free 15 minute film (translated to several languages) that anyone can use to study "how audio description is approached by different describers in diverging cultural environments and also how end users receive the audio described content." Even a present describer may find it useful with which to practice their own description techniques. Take a look! (Posted Sep 27)
There were two new Audio Described DVDs released on October 18 and three on October 11: Alice Through the Looking Glass, Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghostbusters, Ice Age 5: Collision Course, The Legend of Tarzan.
2016 Recent: Alice Through the Looking Glass, Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghostbusters, Ice Age 5: Collision Course, The Legend of Tarzan, The Purge: Election Year, Xmen: Apocalypse, Central Intelligence, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, more ...
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will do a one-time description of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Thursday, Oct 20, at 8pm.
The Who's Tommy will run October 27 through November 20, 2016 at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre in Maryland. All performances will be accessible (audio description, ASL integrated into the show, and captioning available). Open Circle Theatre is "Washington DC’s first professional theatre dedicated to producing professional productions that integrate the considerable talents of artists with disabilities." (Posted Oct 18)
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