An Introduction to Audio Description is the first comprehensive, user-friendly student guide to the theory and practice of audio description, or media narration, providing readers with the skills needed for the effective translation of images into words for the blind and partially-sighted.
A wide range of examples - from film to multimedia events and touch tours in theatre, along with comments throughout from audio description users, serve to illustrate the following key themes:
the history of audio description
the legal background
how to write, prepare and deliver a script.
Covering the key genres of audio description and supplemented with exercises and discussion points throughout, this is the essential textbook for all students and translators involved in the practice of audio description. Accompanying film clips are also available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138848177 and on the Routledge Translation Studies Portal: http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/translationstudies/.
Contents List of Tables How to Use This Book Acknowledgements Glossary and List of Abbreviations Chapter 1.Introducing Audio Description? Chapter 2. A Brief history, Legislation and Guidelines Chapter 3. Putting the Audio into Audio Description Chapter 4. The Audience for Audio Description Chapter 5. Audio Description Skills: Writing Chapter 6 Audio Description Skills: Script preparation Chapter 7 Audio Description Skills: Delivery Chapter 8 Beyond the Basics: AD by genre Chapter 9 Beyond the Basics: Text on Screen Chapter 10. Beyond the Basics: Accessible film-making and Describing Camerawork Chapter 11 AD and Censorship Chapter 12 Audio introductions Chapter 13 Contentious Issues and Future Directions in AD Chapter 14 Afterword Appendix 1 Appendix 2