‘Enhancing Audio Description‘ or ‘Enhancing AD’ is a project that seeks to explore how sound design techniques can be used to rethink accessibility to film and television for visually impaired audiences. Research will include the application of surround sound rendering, interactive media systems and first person narration.
The main researchers in the project are Mariana Lopez (Principal Investigator) and Gavin Kearney (Co-Investigator).
The project stems from the idea that accessibility should not be an after-thought, it should instead be an intrinsic part of the creative workflows involved in film and TV productions. With this idea in mind we will be collaborating with a Project Advisory Panel that includes representatives from both the film/television industry and accessibility sector. Members include RNIB, Cam Sight, Sensor Media, Dolby, ITV, Sonorous, and writer Lisa Holdsworth.