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Audio Description

Audio Description (2nd semester, 2020-21)

Service description

Audio Description (AD) is a type of ‘Audiovisual Translation’ that assists people who are blind or visually impaired in comprehending visual images. It can be applied to a wide range of materials and settings including televisions, cinemas, exhibitions and even arts performances. Audio describers are trained to provide concise, vivid and objective commentary or narration to guide the listeners by describing key elements of images, including characters’ facial expressions and movements, settings, transitions of scenes, and even ‘sight gags’.

Audio description increases the accessibility of visual images. More importantly, it helps to create an inclusive environment that respects the right of people with disabilities or SEN to participate in cultural life and social activities on an equal basis as others.

Students will be trained to acquire essential skills in audio description, and be responsible in drafting audio description scripts as well as recording the scripts for pre-recorded video. 

 

Specific requirements

Students who join this service should:

  1. Be able to speak Cantonese and write Chinese 

  2. Attend the trainings scheduled below:

Time and Date

Training Content

Format

Feb 28, 2021 (Sun)
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
(Including lunch break)

Workshop: Audio Description Production for Short Videos

  • Principles and skills in producing videos with AD
  • Demonstration of AD
  • Essential skill I: script writing and practice
  • Essential skill II: live audio description/ presentation and practice
    *Members who have joined this workshop in 1st semester can join the Advanced Workshop directly 

Face to face

Mar 6, 2021 (Sat)
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
(including lunch break)

Advanced Workshop

Face to face

  1. Work individually/ in groups to write and record audio description scripts for videos


About the Trainer

All trainings will be offered by Dr. Dawning Leung, Programme Director & Principal Trainer of the Audio Description Association (Hong Kong) (AuDeAHK). Dr. Leung is an experienced AD trainer and seasoned audio-describer. She holds a PhD in Translation Studies from University College London, with the first ever thesis study conducted on audio description (AD) in Cantonese. She has been invited in various AD development projects internationally, and delivered AD training to government departments as well as academic institutions in Hong Kong and the neighboring regions. She also launched a wide array of social innovation initiatives on AD. Dr. Leung writes AD scripts and records AD soundtracks for audiovisual materials, including TV series produced by Radio Television Hong Kong and films. 

What will I gain?

  • Have a deeper understanding on the need of people with visual impairment and how accessible media can increase their participation in different activities
  • Acquire essential skills in audio description through trainings and practices
  • Experience in writing and presenting audio description under professional guidance 
  • Make an impact by removing the social and communication barriers induced by inaccessible materials

Students who joined Audio Description Training Workshops

AuDeAHK provides props with braille for SEN PIN members to experience how people with Visual Impairment (VI) could appreciate the arts and beauty of Chinese Opera Group photo of SEN PIN members and trainer after completion of workshops
Trainer provides feedback to SEN PIN members on Audio Description SEN PIN members practice Audio Description on a 5-minute video

Audio Description