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Audio Description for Horror Films
If you like horror films, you may be interested in joining a new Facebook
Audio Description Horror Films. The founder, Jaye Adams, is an
"upcoming independent horror filmmaker" who pledges his films will be
"inclusive of AD"; and he will use the FB group "to collaboratively help shape
these films." He urges sharing of information about the best described
horror films, including comments about description quality.
By the way, we track described films by genre for several streaming
services. If you are interested in the horror genre,
check out our iTunes
and Prime Video list.
(Posted Jan 15)
Deadline Extended to March 15th!
Enter the 2021
was running out (but the deadline was just extended!) for school-age children to submit their
reviews of audio described videos and potentially
be rewarded with prizes. The 2021
Benefits of Audio Description
In Education (BADIE, rhymes with lady) contest is open for submissions from children aged 7 to 21.
Read about the BADIE Submission
Process. The new deadline for entries is March 15.
(Updated Jan 15)
ACB/ADP Achievement Award Nominations
It's time again (the 13th time, to be exact) to nominate an individual or
organization for an ADP Achievement Award. This year
the categories have been restructured a bit to allow separate nomination for
individuals and organizations for Media, Performing Arts, and Museums.
Read the full nomination criteria and options for submitting a nomination at
2021 ADP Achievement Award Nominations. You can also see previous
winners in The Audio Description Honor Roll.
(Posted Jan 12)
ADP Website Year-End 2020 Report
During 2020, I tried to find ways to make the ADP website more informative and usable. Here are some of the updates that occurred during the year, in no particular order, in case you missed a few:
Read the rest of the Website YE 2020 Report.
(Reposted in shortened form Jan 12)
Audio Describer Training
The next Audio Description
Institute, sponsored by the ADP, will be held virtually via Zoom March
1-5. Details can be found in the
Virtual Audio Description Institute brochure. (Updated Jan
Q&A on Audio Description With Dr. Joel Snyder
ADP Project Director and President of Audio Description Associates Dr. Joel
Snyder was recently interviewed by Equal Entry Services, a company whose
primary focus is on how people with disabilities actually use technology.
"[T]here is simply no good reason why a person with a physical disability must
also be culturally disadvantaged." Read the
Q&A on Audio Description With Dr. Joel Snyder. (Posted Dec 22)
Lost in Translation:
Audio Description Needed in
If you are blind, you can relate to this experience had by Sumaira Latif,
Leader, Company Accessibility, Procter & Gamble, as she previewed a company
commercial for the "Flash" brand : "Everyone in the room kept laughing
when it started playing, but all I could hear was the song ‘Flash’ by Queen.
What I didn’t know was that it was a dog singing the song, and that the
creativity and humour embedded throughout the advert was intended to make
consumers smile." Read:
Lost in translation: Why audio description must go onto the accessibility
view the Flash commercial with AD.
You may also wish to read this excellent article,
‘The voice of blind people hasn't been heard’: inside the fight for
audio-described ads, which covers the same story but goes further,
showing additional described advertisements and discussing the challenges
associated with getting them published. "P&G has proven its
campaigning power in the UK market, American broadcasters may soon follow.
The world’s largest advertiser is now audio-describing all of its ads in the
US, as well as in the UK and Spain..."
have finally found some audio described commercials and are pleased to
present this new page of Commercials With Audio
Description! (Updated Dec 22)
Audio Description News
Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
2 DVDs with Audio Description were released on January 12:
Lupin III: The First;
Spell. 1 DVD was also released
on January 5:
Love and Monsters.
is probably described ...
... we are just waiting for a little
more proof ...
Next Week January 19: The Climb.
Recent USA Described DVDs:
Lupin III: The First;
Love and Monsters. 2020
The Wolf of Snow Hollow;
Coming to America (4K);
Made in Italy;
The Broken Hearts Gallery;
USA Described DVDs:
2021 | 2020 | All
Since 1997 | For Children
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Audio Described TV Shows
Mother, Wednesdays at 10:30pm ;
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, Thursdays at 8pm;
Thursdays at 9pm;
Thursdays at 10pm.
Name That Tune,
Mondays at 9pm; Call Me Kat
Thursdays at 9pm;
North coming Feb 14th.
Help! I Wrecked My House, Thursdays at 10am;
Thursdays at 8pm;
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Tuesdays at 8pm.
Show, Thursdays at 9pm (also on TBS).
View: TV Shows
by Network or
TV Shows by Day.
Foreign Films Released in the USA Need AD!
Lack of Dubbing or Audio Description Tracks on Foreign Films Create a
“Hundred-Foot Concrete Wall” for People with Low Vision.. (Posted Dec
The Mandalorian’s Audio Description is Truly “The Way"
If you are a fan of Disney's The Mandalorian, then you will "get"
the title of this article. The audio description of The Mandalorian
has received a lot of praise from viewers, and this article goes into detail
as to why. "First of all, the descriptive language they use is
impressive ... clear, concise, and graceful as if the words came from a book."
While the language is the choice of the audio description writer, how that
language is expressed verbally is equally important. "[Nicole]
Zanzarella’s voice fits perfectly into the show. She is never hard to
understand, and the narration is entirely seamless. She also does a great job
of not filling every moment of silence with narration. Instead, she gives the
audience enough time to enjoy the fantastic soundtrack that accompanies the
Read The Mandalorian article! (Posted Dec 18)
Feature Your Organization Here
What do YOU do for audio description? Do you provide services professionally?
Are you a non-profit which has been providing description for local
theaters for years? An independent? A theatre or museum
which provides description? We'd like to hear from you. Send us a write-up about your
work, and we'll consider it for publication here! Use the
Webmaster link at the bottom of the page.
Help With Promoting Audio Description Locally
If you have the opportunity to promote audio description locally to an
organization you belong to or are asked to speak to, we have developed a ONE
PAGE document that you can customize as necessary for your area. It
explains briefly what description opportunities are available: live
theatre, TV, DVDs, and internet streaming. It then points readers to our
site to learn more (like specifically what shows, movies, or TV series have
description). Download your own copy for customization by
right-clicking the following link:
Audio Description: What's Available?
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The Audio Description Project's website collects and
provides information on audio description in all its forms: live theatre,
television, movies, DVDs, streaming services, and more. Started in
2002 by AD International, funding and direction for this website has come
from the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project since
Read more about this site...
Audio Description (AD) is the descriptive narration
of key visual elements of live theatre, television, movies, and other media
to enhance their enjoyment by consumers who are blind or have low vision.
AD is the insertion of audio explanations and descriptions of the settings,
characters, and action taking place in such media, when such information
about these visual elements is not offered in the regular audio presentation.
Read more about audio description...
Based on his doctoral thesis and teaching audio description around the
world, ADP Project Director Dr. Joel Snyder's book,
The Visual Made Verbal: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the
History and Applications of Audio Description, is available in print
(English, Portuguese, Polish, and Russian), for Kindle, on Bookshare, and
in braille and as an audio book from NLS libraries.
details about Dr. Snyder's book...
Dedicated organizations around the world facilitate the offering of audio
description for movies, videos, live theatre, and television. This
website attempts to expose their fine work to as many interested viewers
as possible. Thank you for visiting!