For the use of sound. Film sound analysis for audio-description: some key issues

  • Remael A
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Abstract

This article aims to outline the issues involved in the production and reception of film\r
sound with a view to identifying its challenges for audio-description (AD). It thereby\r
hopes to provide insights into the way in which a careful analysis and integration of\r
film sound and sound effects are required for the production of coherence in AD, if\r
it is to function as part of a new filmic text. However, the article also points to the\r
limits of analysis and interpretation, and to the need for reception research as well as\r
collaboration with visually impaired users. A detailed analysis of a scene from Saving\r
Private Ryan (Spielberg 1998), a film that won an Oscar for best sound effect editing,\r
demonstrates how complex and narratively charged the soundscape of a film can be,\r
thereby exposing the challenges for the audio-describer and, again, demonstrating the\r
need for further research involving the target audience.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Audio-description
  • Audiovisual translation
  • Narrative
  • Reception research
  • Sound effect
  • Sound-image interaction
  • Traducció audiovisual
  • Traducció--Revistes
  • Traducción audiovisual
  • Traducción e Interpretación
  • Translation and Interpreting

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  • Aline Remael

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