December 20, 2020
The American Council of the Blind’s
Audio Description Project Announces Its Seventeenth
AUDIO DESCRIPTION INSTITUTE
REGISTER NOW AT:
(Note: You’ll be asked to create a login for the ACB database and continue to register for the Institute.)
March 1-5, 2021
(Monday through Friday)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern each day
– ALL VIRTUAL –
Audio Description (AD) makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, media describers convey the visual image from television and film that is not fully accessible to a significant segment of the population (more than 32 million Americans experience significant vision loss).
The implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act has spawned a virtual cottage industry for the development of description for broadcast television.
BE A PART OF IT!
Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in:
– working as freelance description writers for broadcast television
– working as a describer in a local performing arts program
– working as a describer for visual art exhibitions
– experienced audio describers desiring an updated refresher course.
NOTE: freelance writers for broadcast television projects can often be based anywhere in the world–computer equipment capable of accommodating high-speed downloads is a must.
1) audio description history and theory
2) the “Four Fundamentals of Audio Description” ©
3) active seeing/visual literacy-developing skills in concentration and observation
4) the art of “editing” what you see
5) vivid language: “The Visual Made Verbal”™
6) “Speak the speech, I pray you”–using the spoken word to make meaning
– Five afternoons of intensive, interactive training
– Each registrant will receive a PDF copy of Dr. Joel Snyder’s ACB-published The Visual Made Verbal: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description.
The interactive sessions (limited use of lecture, questions/discussion throughout, generous use of media, and individual and group writing exercises) are designed to provide immediate feedback and “give and take,” allowing for adaptation according to a sense of participants’ grasp of the material. In addition, experienced users of description are a part of the Institute’s faculty, providing an important perspective throughout the sessions.
This Institute will begin at 1:00 pm Eastern on Monday, March 1, 2020 and conclude at 5:00 pm on Friday, March 5, 2020.
(detailed agenda below).
Participation is strictly limited. The Institute will issue ACB-sponsored certificates to all successful participants confirming completion of this professional description training program.