DCMP Highlights: Science Nation

I'm not really a science-y person, so this fun series from the National Science Foundation bodes well for kids who are like me. Hosted by former CNN science reporter Miles O'Brien, Science Nation travels the world for fascinating and inspiring science stories told in bites of several minutes. Below is a sample from one episode I wrote description for, about improving the sense of touch in robots and prostheses. 

Movies For the Blind 036: The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Give Me Your Walls"

In this episode of the classic tv series, Rob and Laura Petrie (Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore) need one of their walls painted, but the Italian painter they hire has a way of working that makes them wonder if he’ll ever leave. 1963. First posted July 7, 2008.

I've used the first scene in this episode a couple of times in demonstrations of the process of writing audio description. Here's the full described video via YouTube:

DCMP Highlights: Microscopic Monsters

Anyone remember the '60's film Fantastic Voyage? This educational series I've been working on gets even more fantastic, as a super-tiny computer-animated crew of scientists and adventurers encounters a huge world of one-celled organisms, challenging currents and creepy crawlies - using actual microscopic footage. In this clip, the good ship Cyclops begins its journey.


DCMP Highlights: Sign Language Storytelling

If you've watched any of my work with the DCMP on the Video Samples page, you'll have noticed their videos are accessible for students who are blind and students who are deaf. When I received a series of videos of children's books presented with American Sign Language (ASL) and already captioned, it came with a challenge for me as a describer: what do I do about the sign language? While there are different answers to this depending on the project, for this one, we decided to establish what was being done in terms of text and sign, along with taking advantage of the space given for the wonderfully expressive ASL interpreters to perform by describing some of what they were doing. This helps a vision-impaired audience to associate some of the signs with the words of the story, learning along with their hearing-impaired friends, as well as those with sight and hearing. Inclusiveness in action! 

Here's a sample of the series, for which I wrote but did not voice the description: the start of a book called "Big Al":


New YouDescribe Video!

I've described another episode of "Dan's Space Van" with the free service YouDescribe. In this one, the van has to be taken to a garage, Danny talks to the guy who painted the freaky artwork and he also has to wake up his musical guest to perform. (Note: Due to the software, the description placement can slip forward from time-to-time.) For all the episodes I've done so far, go to the MFTB YouDescribe page - and remember you can describe any YouTube video yourself for free!