Started by NecronomIV, Aug 10, 2023, 11:00:32 AM
Quote from: NecronomIV on Aug 10, 2023, 11:00:32 AMSo, I'm a sighted guy, and I love audio-described film and television.From way back I was a huge fan of audio-drama: from The Story of Star Wars to Earthsearch 2 and The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. Those were the days before we had a VHS player, and if you wanted something live-action that wasn't at the movies, or not showing on television, audio drama filled that gap.Audio drama is not a passive medium, you need lean on your imagination to do some heavy lifting, and that's one of the things that draws me to it.Even during the days of VHS, the tapes were expensive, and I wound up taping television and films onto casette tape. Voilà, instant audio-drama!I taped a lot of Doctor Who (and there is a long tradition of this among Doctor Who fans) and a few films. Ghostbusters was one of the films I remember taping. The Black Hole was another.It's fair to say, if you asked me what my favourite film was in the late 80's or early 90's, I would have said Aliens, and that recording was by far, my most frequently-played tape.In the 2010s I discovered Audio Description and I loved it. It was what I was doing when I was 10, only with someone filling in the bits I couldn't see, and it fits on my iPod instead of my bulky Walkman!So when I discovered this amazing medium, it wasn't long before I went looking for the audio described version of Aliens.I checked my DVDs and Blu-rays. I checked the internet. What I found is that none of the current or historical releases of the film have an audio-description track. Further, to the best of my knowledge, it's not on any streaming services wither.There's a place on the internet that hosts the audio tracks of audio-described movies and television. For some titles, this is the only place they're available.They don't have Aliens either.Now, let's be clear about this: I enjoy audio-description because it gives my mind a movie to watch while I wash the dishes or shovel manure or drive to work, but it's a bonus feature for me. If I want to watch a film, I have the option — the privilage — of sitting down and actually watching it.But for blind and vision-impaired people, this is not a nice extra thing to have, it's essential, it's how they watch movies.My curiosity about audio-description, and my love of writing, lead me to start writing audio-description scripts. I started with some Doctor Who episodes from the 60s and 70s.Sometimes I'd think about doing Aliens. It's a 2.5 hour film though with a lot of action: that's a big jump from 22 minute episodes of English actors talking to each other in space-ship corridors or on location in a quarry.I don't think I consciously decided to start doing it. One day in May this year I just found myself 27 theatrical minutes into writing a script for it. I finished the edit-pass script on July 12th.So, here's a preview of a work in progress, courtesy of AD voice artist and friend Kyle Warwick-Mathieu.https://twitter.com/Kyle_AD_Voice/status/1688866676085817345Before you click, think about closing your eyes and experiencing it as audio only.
Quote from: SiL on Aug 12, 2023, 02:04:15 AMI love this!I don't think the guy's voice is right for Aliens but it's great someone is actually doing it.
Quote from: NecronomIV on Aug 12, 2023, 11:55:53 AMQuote from: SiL on Aug 12, 2023, 02:04:15 AMI love this!I don't think the guy's voice is right for Aliens but it's great someone is actually doing it.You never please everyone when you cast a narrator, and there's a number of issues that aren't always apparent. One of those is to have a voice that is reasonably distinct from the production so it doesn't blend in too much; another is to have a voice that isn't so distinct so it's jarring. Often a very neutral tone is taken.The sad thing is with audio description there is an increased trend in using text-to-speech, which lack any human warmth or instinct in tailoring the script to the emotional mood of the film.AD is expensive to write, record and edit, and cutting out a human saves money at expense of quality.
Quote from: TC on Aug 23, 2023, 05:35:18 PMI've never previously given much thought to the effort that goes into their creation, and this despite the fact that many years ago when I was a lowly film editing assistant it was one my jobs to write up what we called an "Export Script" (a.k.a. Dialogue Continuity Script, a.k.a Spotting Continuity List, a.k.a. other assorted variations on those names) as one of the final duties in wrapping up a film editing room. This was just for small documentaries and the like; for a large feature it's more common for the work to be contracted out to a specialised shop. In fact, if you had managed to get a hold of 20th Century's official Aliens continuity list, you would have saved yourself many, many hours of tedious drudgery.
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