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Making your film accessible: Audio Description

Providing Audio Description for your film can remove barriers of inaccessibility for blind and visually impaired people.  A description of the visual elements of the film – the locations, the characters, their appearance, the time of day, the visual action, and facial expressions for example, – keep the listeners in the know, and help to communicate the style, the mood and atmosphere of your film

Join Anne Hornsby, Director of Mind’s Eye for a workshop where you will learn how to approach audio description for your film with confidence.

Anne will give you a greater understanding of what audio description can do for your film’s accessibility, how to think about it from the point of view of an audience member and what you need to consider when working with an audio describer – including what material to provide them with and what timeline and budget you need to set aside.

About your workshop leader

Anne Hornsby is a pioneer of British Audio Description.  She introduced the service to the Bolton Octagon Theatre in the North West of England in 1989 and established Mind’ s Eye Description in 1992.  She usually describes over 150 events a year.  She works in theatres, museums and art galleries and also provides audio recordings and audio description for films, and online projects. She has audio described many different genres, including drama, ballet, opera, musical theatre, burlesque, Disability Arts, circus, and even animals at the Zoo!  She is an established trainer, working for Theatres, Galleries and Museums throughout the UK and Ireland, and internationally.  She worked recently with John Moores’ University Schools of Art and Design and Screen post graduate students to explore audio description for the moving image. She was a member of the Audio Description Association Executive for nine years.  She has presented at Conferences in America, Poland and Russia. She is the recipient of two lifetime and special achievement awards – one from the American Association for the Blind and one from the Manchester Theatre Awards Panel.  Mind’s Eye has twice been nominated as VI Friendly Business of the Year by Henshaws Charity.

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