We’re getting into the festive spirit here at Descriptive Video Works with two very special Christmas assignments which we will be providing audio description for.
CBC‘s Holiday Festival On Ice is an annual special that promises a spectacular show for all the family as world class figure skaters perform against a holiday-themed backdrop. The star-studded cast includes skating greats Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko, Jeffrey Buttle, Joannie Rochette and Kimmie Meissner. Special guest and international opera sensation, Measha Brueggergosman, will be performing hits from her new album “I’ve Got A Crush On You”. Viewers will remember Measha for her incredible performance of the Olympic Hymn at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
CBC Holiday Festival On Ice airs across Canada at 8pm on December 12th and again on December 26th at 9pm.
Our second festive assignment continues our work in making classic movies like Zulu and The Gold Rush accessible to sight impaired viewers. This week we completed work on providing descriptive video for one of the most endearing Christmas movies ever made, White Christmas starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney (whose ever so slightly famous nephew named George you may have heard of!).
White Christmas follows two Word War II army friends (Crosby and Kaye) who make it big as entertainers and who fall in love with sisters and fellow entertainers Betty and Judy (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen). Featuring classic Irvin Berlin songs “White Christmas” and “Sisters”, White Christmas has the distinction of being the very first movie to be filmed using the VistaVision process. Hugely popular with audiences, the film was the highest grossing movie in 1954.
Head Writer at Descriptive Video Works, Miranda Mackelworth says, “Describing White Christmas knowing we were making this well-loved classic accessible to an entirely new audience who could now not only enjoy description of the scenes but also have the sets, colorful costumes and performances brought to life alongside the timeless music, was an absolute pleasure”.
White Christmas will be airing over the holidays on Channel Zero in Canada.