On 9th November, at King’s Manor in York, Mariana was joined by filmmakers Joseph Inman and Samantha Moore as they discussed the introduction of accessibility for visually impaired film audiences through sound design to their productions.
The panel provided insights on their experiences working with EAD and the accessibility team. It was a great opportunity for those interested in new accessibility methods as well as those looking to work on making their own productions accessible. The response to the event was very positive, with many attendees expressing their appreciation for the knowledge shared.
Joseph Inman is a film director working in Cornwall. Part of the film collective Bear Behind You, he makes both fiction and documentaries, with a focus on community participation and coastal storytelling. Their last film, Spines, was the first BFI Network-funded film to be written, directed, and star an autistic person.
Sam Moore is a UK-based, international award-winning animation director. She loves the joyfulness and eclectic nature of animation. No one ever finds animation intimidating, and yet it can convey complex ideas to a wide audience in an engaging way. Sam has worked on diverse subjects, from competitive sweet-pea growing to cutting-edge microbiology, archaeology, neuroscience, and her own experience of having twins. Her latest film, Visible Mending (2023), was commissioned by the BFI Short Form Fund, produced by Tilley Bancroft, and made through MediaActive Projects. It was shot at Second Home Studios in Birmingham and is proudly UK-midlands-based and all-female in key roles. She is Senior Tutor (Research) in Animation at the Royal College of Art, UK, and a visiting professor in animation at University College Volda, Norway.
The room in which the event took place is within The King’s Manor in York City Centre, a group of buildings dating from the 16th century. Fiona, our BSL interpreter, made the experience highly accessible, enhancing the inclusivity of the event. The discussion ended with insightful questions from the audience.
Thank you to Dr Monika Zabrocka for photographing the event, which captured the engaging discussions.
Location: King’s Manor - University of York, Exhibition Square, York, England, YO1 7EP