I love going to the cinema, so naturally I was really excited to find out that Walt Disney's adaption of Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol" has become the first 3D film to enable subtitles.
Apparently the problem for years has been where to put the captions; as putting them in the wrong place could make the audience feel sick!
For more information and subtitled screenings see:
Last weekend the See Hear team went up to Wolverhampton for the Deaffest. Horrible weather, brilliant films and an amazing awards ceremony, Sabina was a wonderful host and Rob Roy was very funny. Kudos to the Deaffest team for a wonderful event.
If you missed it, the results are as follows:
Best TV Programme:
Wicked Series 2 Prog 1 Ramon Woolfe, UK, 2009
Best Experimental Film:
The Deaf Man Dir DJ Kurs, USA, 2007
Best Factual Film:
See Hear: The Deaf Brain Dir Sarah Tavner, UK, 2009
Stiletto Dir William Mager, UK, 2008
Congratulations to Ramon, DJ, Sarah and William!
In other news, the Deaffest organisers announced that next years Deaffest will be held in May. See you there - in shorts and sandals!
For many of us, watching captioned performances can be frustrating - we all watch the same monitors displaying the live text as the performance progresses.
The way deaf people watch captioned theatre could be changing with the launch of a new device.
AirScript's developers, Cambridge Consultants, hope the handsets will attract more tourists to theatres.
The captions, received over wifi, scroll throughout live performances.
The handsets have LED backlighting with a black background and orange text to minimise glare. They have a battery life of up to six hours.
Sensations on the skin play a part in how people hear speech, say Canadian researchers.
A study found that inaudible puffs of air delivered alongside certain sounds influenced what participants thought they were listening to.
Writing in the journal Nature, the team said the findings showed that audio and visual clues were not the only important factors in how people hear.
That doesn't surprise us at See Hear - we've found that many deaf people are more sensitive to vibration and external stimuli. For more on this story click the link:
The British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust has partnered with Neath Films to launch the Zoom Short Film Scheme.
Zoom aims to create opportunities for 6 British Deaf filmmakers and their teams.
The BSLBT and Neath Films will provide the successful applicants with:
- £2,000 of funding to make a short film up to 15 minutes in length
- The opportunity to work over an intensive 1 month period with
- Neath Films to make their film
- Production insurance cover
- Production support
- Post production support
- Access to high-end online post production facilities and talent
Guidance notes and the application form can be downloaded from www.neathfilms.com/Zoom.html
The deadline for applications is 12:00 Monday 14th December 2009.
This week See Hear is on the football pitch as Memnos meets Roanna Simmons, the player coach of Fulham Deaf FC. They share coaching tips and test their managerial skills in a five-a-side challenge!
We're back with two of our children who we've been following since they started primary school. Aidan and Amie are six years old, and life's been eventful for them both. We catch up with their teachers, parents and friends to see what's happened in their lives. Next week we'll be seeing Lucy and Yasin.
We also preview some of the top films screening at this year's Deaffest, which takes place at the end of the month in Wolverhampton, and we talk to some of the hottest directors. Find out more about this weekend's festival at:
Plus, Memnos is back with another of his Stories Behind the Signs!
At first glance, we thought this headline led to the story of a Sicilian vendetta out of control, but the truth is much more unusual.
A Deaf Asian man claims he was assaulted in his own home by his mother and father in law, and in the ensuing confusion bit his mother in law's thumb so hard that she has required four operations to date.
The court case is still ongoing, but you can read more about it here:
Channel 4's Cast Offs, a new disabled comedy drama featuring Sophie Woolley as one of six disabled people banished to a remote island for a new reality TV show, starts next Tuesday at 11pm on Channel 4. There's been tons of press coverage.
The Office producer Ash Atalla, himself disabled, has had a similar idea, and is producing a one off comedy pilot called The Amazing Dermot (heavily reminiscent of Mitchell and Webb's Magicians) airing Friday 4th December. Ash Atalla makes some interesting, if confusing, comments about casting in this article:
At See Hear we wonder what the criteria were for casting the deaf role - were they too deaf, or not deaf enough? Were they supposed to speak or sign? All will be revealed on 4th December we're sure.
Congratulations to Genevieve Barr who won the part in the end - she did a couple of weeks' work experience on See Hear back in the day, you know...
26 people have been charged with conspiring to defraud the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of millions of pounds for providing video relay services. Please find the US Department of Justice statement after the jump.
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Some of you aren't entirely clear on why Marlee Matlin was in Washington last week to talk about online access. But this is an issue that affects many deaf and hard of hearing people, and is one of the last barriers remaining to true access.
Here in the UK, we have subtitled iPlayer, courtesy of the BBC - but many other online services pay lip service to subtitled access.
We found this charming young lady's interview with Marlee in American Sign Language (ASL) which will explain things quite clearly:
At this rate she'll be running for President. Well, she'd get our vote over Sarah Palin or Hillary Clinton...
You may remember our recent item on classroom acoustics on See Hear. Well apparently noisy classrooms can affect youngsters' hearing as well as reading ability, scientists have claimed.
Kids with Dyslexia have difficulty listening to teachers above background classroom noise. The findings could see new ways of diagnosing sufferers based on hearing tests. It may also see them put at the front of class or provided with wireless devices to pick up information better.
Read more about this story at the Daily Mirror
In Zambia, that is.
The Zambia Agency for Persons with Disability (ZAPD) has expressed worry at the increased number of sign language interpreters who have commercialised the language.
ZAPD Director General, Charles Mwape says interpreters have abused the language and are making profit out of it at the expense of the deaf.
He says government, in conjunction with the agency, is working towards developing a policy that will regulate the conduct of interpreters so that sign language is not abused.
Well, according to this rather vague article anyway, which doesn't specify exactly how these interpreters are abusing the language. But it's good to see that Zambia is taking positive steps.
The murder trial of a former Nazi SS trooper was postponed yesterday because the hard-of-hearing defendant was struggling to follow proceedings.
Heinrich Boere, 88, is on trial in the town of Aachen, accused of killing three civilians in German-occupied Netherlands during World War II.
Presiding judge Gerd Nohl said the case would only continue once Boere was equipped with a hearing aid, in response to a request by his lawyers.
The defense was criticised for trying to delay the trial, after Boere's hearing problems cropped up unexpectedly. Asked the previous day whether he had been able to hear the charges read against him, Boere had answered, "No."
Boere is sixth on a list of the 10 most wanted Nazi war criminals issued by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem.
Oscar winning actress and See Hear interviewee Marlee Matlin is campaigning for improved subtitling on the internet.
Many online film and television sites such as Netflix and iTunes offer a wide range of films and TV shows - very few of which are captioned.
This has been a source of irritation to many deaf people - and Marlee has had enough.
She is taking part in a Federal hearing on the 6th of November in Washington, where she'll no doubt be drawing on her West Wing experience to deliver a barnstorming speech.
Details of the conference here:
Follow Marlee's updates on twitter. Like she says, "I may be unable to hear but I'm the loudest person you'll ever meet. And silence is the last thing the world will ever hear from me."
A Japanese firm is developing glasses that provide subtitles.
I'm sure you don't need me to explain how mindbogglingly awesome such a device could be for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Read more here: