Seeing With Your Ears: Film and Television for Visually Impaired Audiences

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  • Location Holbeck Cinema, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York

How can soundtracks for people who are visually impaired be made more engaging and spatially accurate? Join Mariana Lopez of Anglia Ruskin University and Gavin Kearney of the University of York to find out.

Since the 1970s, Audio Description (AD) has been making visual content accessible to visually impaired people through sound. In film and television a pre-recorded audio commentary provides information that clarifies the narrative, such as descriptions of actions, gestures and places. Although digital technologies have been used to improve the mode of delivery of AD through the years, the notions behind its design have remained mostly unchanged, despite significant advancements in the field of digital sound production and post production.

Through an interactive talk, Mariana and Gavin will introduce you to the history of sound design and accessibility in film and television. They will explain how surround sound rendering, interactive media systems and first person narration can be used to create more engaging and spatially accurate soundtracks.

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