What are 'Audio Described Films' and

why did they come into being?

 

Audio Description is a professionally scripted narration, a 'Voice Over', that occurs between the actors' dialogue in a film. It explains what is happening during the scenes of the film, such as the actors' facial expressions, what they are doing, their body language, the scenery, whether itís night or day and so on. In short, anything that helps someone to visualize what is happening during a film is explained by audio description.

 

It was a simple yet fantastic concept which was developed for the benefit of visually impaired people. It has enabled millions the opportunity to enjoy and be part of the experience of film entertainment.

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Until now, ADFs have only been available on VHS video cassette and DVD. Not only are these media restrictive, due to the requirement of a television screen, but as there is no need for a sighted audience to have audio description, ADFs are only of benefit (in these formats) to visually impaired people.

 

With the above in mind, we used the concept of talking books and applied it to ADFs by simply putting ADF soundtracks onto CD. This way, films with this application can be enjoyed by everyone and in exactly the same way!

 

Other benefits to be gained from producing ADFs on this media are that they can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere; be it in the house using a CD or DVD player, or when out and about on a personal CD player, even in the car.

 

If you have ever listened to a talking book, an audio described film is like bringing a book to life. Rather than listening to just one person read, you get the entire soundtrack of a film, together with the audio description of it.

 

It's a totally different experience.

 

Our list of films will be increasing all the time, so please keep visiting us to see what becomes available.

 

Have a look through the catalogue. You can read a synopsis of the films available and listen to a clip of them too.

 

Go on, take the plunge and try one, you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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