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Title: Narration or description: What should audio description “look” like?
Authors: Mälzer-Semlinger, Nathalie
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Nathalie Mälzer-Semlinger, "Narration or description: What should audio description “look” like?", in Elisa Perego (edited by): "Emerging topics in translation: Audio description", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2012, pp. 29-36.
Like the various forms of audiovisual translation (AVT), ‘audio films’ are a hybrid,
consisting of both the original film and an audio description (AD) inserted into it as a
voice-over that provides the listener with a substitute for the visual content. According to
the German guidelines, AD should be objective in order not to compromise the original
work. This raises two questions: firstly, is it appropriate for the AD to be descriptive if one
assumes that a feature film has a narrative structure, which is primarily represented on
the level of images? And secondly, if the aesthetics of the film are essentially a function
of its visual content, how can objectivity be reconciled with the stylistic and aesthetic
objectives of the movie? This analysis is a contribution to the question of how sound and
visual information of a feature film interact to tell a story and, as a consequence, what
audio description should ‘look’ like in order to respect both the function of the original
and the needs of the target audience.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-8303-347-6
Appears in Collections:Emerging topics in translation: Audio description

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