Monthly Archives: December 2014

Descriptive Video Works goes to Hogwarts!

With the wave of a wand, the final two movies in the beloved Harry Potter series will air with described video during this holiday season. Canada’s CTV network will telecast “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” on Tuesday, December 30th at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), followed by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday,. December 31st, also at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

As a fan of the Harry Potter movies, as well as fantasy and magic, our descriptive video writer, Liz, would have loved to have Harry’s help. “The Harry Potter movies were wonderfully interesting, exciting, and rewarding to describe,” says Liz.

Liz has been part of the Descriptive Video Works writing team for the past six years, and loves the challenges of movies like the Harry Potter series. “For those who know the well-loved saga, my goal was the treat the story line, characters, and setting as familiar, drawing attention to details that create continuity with past adventures,” she says.

“I also wanted to describe the unusual and fantastic places, people and things in the movies, so that those who are unfamiliar with them would be able to envision how amazing and spectacular a world it is,” says Liz. With such a visually-oriented movie, Liz worked to create a highly-detailed level of descriptions that will bring the movies to life for blind and partially sighted viewers.

Our work on these two blockbuster movies builds on DVW’s 12-year long partnership with CTV and Bell Media, which includes description of the network’s flagship weekly news series, W5. Diane Johnson, CEO & President, Descriptive Video Works, says “We are pleased to provide the audio description on such popular movies. Our focus groups tell us that these are the types of shows that the blind and low vision audience is grateful to have available.”

And to all of the wizards and muggles out there, the team at DVW wishes all the very best to our clients, friends, and their families, over this holiday season!

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