Alternatives to Traditional Audio Description

Audio description provides spoken descriptions of or musical links to visual content (such as costumes and facial expressions). It uses the existing audio pauses in the original audio track to insert spoken descriptions so that people who cannot see the visual elements are still able to understand and enjoy the media (such as live theatre or film).

The conventional (or newsreader style of delivery) audio description, concentrating exclusively on visual stimuli rather than the entertainment experience as a whole, impedes users from suspending their disbelief, constantly reinforcing their lack of and dependence on visual stimuli. We assert that the creation and execution of audio description should be done, if not overseen, by the director as he or she is best able to develop, from the beginning, an AD strategy that is reflective of and true to the purpose and goal of the entertainment experience.