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More than Meets the EyeWhat Blindness Brings to Art$
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Georgina Kleege

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190604356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190604356.001.0001

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Audio Description Described

Audio Description Described

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More than Meets the Eye

Georgina Kleege

Oxford University Press

Audio description seeks to make visual media—film, television, theater, art exhibits—accessible to blind people. This chapter uses the audio described version of the Oscar-nominated film The Sessions as an example of the current standards. Audio description of film is timed to fit in the silences between spoken dialogues which means that only minimal detail is possible. Even more problematic is the rule that description must be objective. Often important information is omitted when it is understood as interpretative. I then speculate on future innovations that could bypass some of these problems, democratize the medium and make it more aesthetic and inclusive.

Keywords:   blindness, audio description, The Sessions, Josh Miele, YouDescribe

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