As the trial of audio description on ABC1 draws to a close, we met with the talented captioners turned describers tasked with finding a voice fitting of the ABC's uniquely Australian drama.
A man walks into a bar.
Or is it a restaurant? Maybe it’s a train station. Or it could be a hospital and the man is actually a woman.
This is the process each of Australia’s 600,000 blind and vision impaired people go through when they watch TV. Dialogue, music and sound effects go a long way to tell a story. But without knowing what’s on screen, watching TV becomes a guessing game.
That’s where audio description (AD) comes in. AD is a track of narration which describes important visual elements of a TV show, movie or performance.