Last week saw the premiere of Season 2 of the hugely successful series The Amazing Race Canada which is based upon the multi-emmy award winning format of the original CBS show The Amazing Race. Descriptive Video Works is proud to once again be providing described video for the series which takes eleven teams of two on a race across Canada which is interspersed with physical and mental challenges.
Season 1 was a big hit for CTV and was the most-watched series last summer and the second most-watched tv program of the entire year. Last year viewers saw teams encountering such diverse and uniquely Canadian challenges as taking a polar bear dip into an ice hole in the Yukon, attend an RCMP boot camp in Regina and building an igloo in Nunavut.
Season 2 looks set to take contestants and the audience on an equally thrill-ridden adventure with the premiere alone featuring zip-lining from the top of a ski jump in Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, tandem skydiving over Victoria, serving the perfect high tea to guests at The Empress Hotel and braving cold water and claustrophobia as they became Navy recruits attempting to plug holes in a sinking ship simulation!
The teams competing in Season 2 of The Amazing Race Canada with host Jon Montgomery.
For the winning team, The Amazing Race Canada offers the biggest grand prize ever awarded for a Canadian competition series and includes a $250,000 cash prize, free flights in Business Class for a year to any destination flown to by Air Canada, two Chevrolet Silverado pick-up trucks and courtesy of Petro-Canada, free gas for life.
For Descriptive Video Works, the high-paced nature of the show, unique action and jaw-dropping backdrops, provides a terrific challenge. The task of successfully translating these visuals into audio description while still capturing the excitement of the race for blind viewers is always a delicate balancing act.
Perhaps the most rewarding aspect for us in providing audio description for The Amazing Race Canada is the reminder that the place we call home is a truly remarkable and spectacular country.
The Amazing Race Canada airs on CTV every Tuesday evening.
We recently had two film crews in our Vancouver studios, one crew shooting a news segment produced by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and the other shooting the below Behind-The-Scenes video giving you a peek at our hard-working team.
Award-winning journalist, Ray Homer, and his crew spent the day with us asking all the right questions about what we do and how we do it. The finished segment will be airing on 250 PBS stations, RLTV (Retired Living Television) and online at AARP on the show Inside E Street. The spot will help get the word out to audiences in the U.S. , many of whom suffer from serious vision impairment and who are unaware that Audio Description of television shows and movies even exists.
Inside E Street host, Lark McCarthy
Thanks to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, in just a few weeks the Big Four broadcast networks must all provide at least 50 hours of described video per quarter (roughly 4 hours per week). So, come July 1st, many, many more people will be able to enjoy lots more of the daily entertainment that most of us take for granted.
AARP is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization for people 50 and over dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as they age. Founded by the first woman to be a high school principal in California, Ethel Percy Andrus, PhD, in 1958, AARP provides a wide range of unique benefits, special products and services for their members.
Last week DVWorks President and CEO, Diane Johnson, was invited to speak at the 61st Lions Club Dinner for people that are blind. For 61 years members of the Burnaby Host Lions Club have picked up people who are vision impaired and taken them to dinner at the Lions Club.
The Lions Club International is the world’s largest service club organization with over 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members – they are also one of the most effective. For nearly 100 years their members have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Lions volunteers have taken part in projects that have:
- Saved the sight of more than 15 million children by providing eye screenings, glasses and other treatments through Sight For Kids.
- Established or strengthened pediatric eye care centers that have helped more than 120 million children.
- Helped halt the spread of Trachoma in Ethiopia by providing 10 million doses of the sight-saving drug Azithromycin annually.
- Prevented serious vision loss for more than 30 million people worldwide.
- Improved eye care for 100 million people by training more than 650,000 eye care professionals and building 315 eye hospitals.
- Distributed more than 147 million treatments for River Blindness (also known as Onchocerciasis).
- Provided nearly 8 million cataract surgeries.
- Vaccinated 41 million children in Africa against measles, a leading cause of childhood blindness.
Since 1990, Lions have raised U.S. $415 million through two SightFirst fundraising campaigns to help provide vision for all. In addition, their members around the world are actively involved in recycling glasses at 17 centers worldwide, supporting Lions Eye Banks that provide eye tissue for sight-saving surgeries, screening the vision of hundreds of thousands of people every year and preventing blindness by providing treatment to those at risk of losing their vision.
In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness“. The Lions accepted the challenge and then some! Today, sight programs remain one of their defining causes.
At the 61st Lions Club Blind Dinner, Diane spoke about Described Video and the shows DVWorks are presently describing and brought the house down with the screening of a clip from one of our favorite shows, I Love Lucy.
To learn more about Lions Club International, to volunteer as a Lion or to donate to their many wonderful programs, please visit: www.lionsclubs.org
Special thanks to longterm Lions Club member Kirk Dickson of the North Burnaby Lions for providing us with so much invaluable information.