Audio description (AD) is a narrative technique which provides complementary information regarding the where, who, what and how of any audiovisual content. It translates the visuals into words. The principal function of this ad hoc narrative is to make audiovisual content available to all: be it a guided city tour of Barcelona, a 3D film, or a Picasso painting. Audio description is one of the younger siblings of Audiovisual Translation, and it is epigonic to the audiovisual translation modality chosen. This book is the first volume on the topic written in English and it brings together an international team of leading audio description teachers, scholars, and practitioners to address the basic issues regarding audio description strategies. Using one stimulus, Quentin Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds (2009), the authors analysed what, when, where and how to audio describe. The book is written in a collaborative effort, following a bottom up approach. The many issues that surfaced in the process of the analysis were grouped in broader categories represented in the ten chapters this book contains. A good example of a successful international collaboration, the volume sets a robust practical and theoretical framework for the many studies on audio description to come in the future. Considering the structure of the individual contributions, the book is not only oriented towards the identification of the challenges that await the describer, but it also offers an insight into their possible solutions.
1. Introduction From source text to target text: The art of audio description (by Maszerowska, Anna); 2. Chapter 1. Audiointroductions (by Fryer, Louise); 3. Chapter 2. Intertextuality (by Taylor, Christopher); 4. Chapter 3. Textual cohesion (by Taylor, Christopher); 5. Chapter 4. Spatio-temporal setting (by Vercauteren, Gert); 6. chapter 5. Film language and tools (by Perego, Elisa); 7. Chapter 6. Audio describing text on screen (by Matamala, Anna); 8. Chapter 7. The importance of sound for audio description (by Szarkowska, Agnieszka); 9. Chapter 8. Character fixation and character description: The naming and describing of characters in Inglourious Basterds (by Benecke, Bernd); 10. Chapter 9. Strategies for dealing with cultural references in audio description (by Maszerowska, Anna); 11. Chapter 10. Gestures and facial expressions in audio description* (by Mazur, Iwona); 12. Chapter 11. Secondary elements in audio description (by Orero, Pilar); 13. Index