Audio Description: New perspectives illustrated by Anna Maszerowska, Anna Matamala, Pilar Orero

By Anna Maszerowska, Anna Matamala, Pilar Orero

Audio description (AD) is a story strategy which gives complementary information about the the place, who, what and the way of any audiovisual content material. It interprets the visuals into phrases. The critical functionality of this advert hoc narrative is to make audiovisual content material to be had to all: be it a guided urban travel of Barcelona, a 3D movie, or a Picasso portray. Audio description is without doubt one of the more youthful siblings of Audiovisual Translation, and it's epigonic to the audiovisual translation modality selected. This ebook is the 1st quantity at the subject written in English and it brings jointly a global crew of prime audio description lecturers, students, and practitioners to deal with the elemental matters relating to audio description techniques. utilizing one stimulus, Quentin Tarantino’s movie Inglourious Basterds (2009), the authors analysed what, whilst, the place and the way to audio describe. The e-book is written in a collaborative attempt, following a backside up technique. the numerous concerns that surfaced within the strategy of the research have been grouped in broader different types represented within the ten chapters this publication includes. an exceptional instance of a winning overseas collaboration, the quantity units a powerful sensible and theoretical framework for the numerous stories on audio description to return sooner or later. contemplating the constitution of the person contributions, the booklet is not just orientated in the direction of the identity of the demanding situations that watch for the describer, however it additionally bargains an perception into their attainable ideas.

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In fact the screenplay precedes the actual filming and cannot predict exactly how the images will appear and what they will contain, which will inevitably be a great deal more than can be described a priori. The audio describer, on the other hand, is able to describe what appears in the final version of the film and, in this sense, has much more to go on. His or her constraints lie in the time made available between stretches of dialogue or other acoustic elements, but the scope is wide. The description of the German reaction to events is succinct in the AD “German gunners spot the aircraft” while there is much more pre-planning in the screenplay.

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An innovative way of doing this is to create a multimodal transcription (MT) of the video text on the lines proposed by Thibault (2000), Baldry (2005), and Baldry and Thibault (2006).

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