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The Enhancing Audio Description II project seeks to explore the potential of sound design practices and spatial audio to provide accessible film and television experiences for visually impaired audiences. It fuses audio technology and creativity to widen the notion of media accessibility and increase the quality and quantity of provision, providing cutting edge techniques to the UK cultural sector.

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The project proposes a new paradigm in accessible experiences, in which there is not an overreliance on a narrator's spoken word, as in traditional Audio Description practices. Instead it utilises new accessibility features that include: the addition of sound effects, the spatialisation of dialogue and sounding objects, and first-person narration, to provide accessible experiences that are seamlessly integrated to the soundtrack of a film or television programme. These techniques are integrated into film and television workflows from the development phase up to final delivery.

The project builds up from previous research which demonstrated the success of these methods, and explores them even further, by concentrating on the conveyance of cinematographic elements through sound, the exploration of the intricacies of using first-person narration across different genres and different cast sizes, as well as exploring how spatialisation techniques can be adapted for multi-listener scenarios for a variety of loudspeaker formats. The exploration of these methods will be conducted with an end-user centred approach, in which visually impaired audiences are consulted from the design process up to delivery. Furthermore, the project explores the creation of guidelines that will allow the incorporation of these methods to professional broadcasting pipelines and film workflows, by collaborating with a Project Advisory Panel representative of the different roles in film and television as well as end users.

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Press Publication

On 04 February 2015, Insight Radio, the radio station of RNIB, in its Afternoon Edition introduced our project to their audience.


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Press Publication

On 01 January 2015, BBC News Technology published an article featuring our project. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 28 January 2015, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, in the The Dotty McLeod Breakfast Show introduced our project to their audience.


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Press Publication

In January 2015, Developments in Cinema Technology for Visually Impaired Audiences (DOCET) in their Optometric Quarterly published a podcast featuring Mariana and Dr Susan Blakeney. Find out more.


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Nina Hartstone

Supervising Sound Editor Find out more.


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Warren Wilson

Community Connection Coordinator Find out more.


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Jerry Gilbert

Assistive Technology Specialist Find out more.


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Gary Westmoreland

Director of Production at ITV
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Sonali Rai

Broadcast and Audio Description Manager Find out more.