We snaked through the line for the ticket counter. Before we reached the front, the manager saw us, greeting us with a big wave. He remembered I needed the Descriptive Video device and retrieved it while we picked up our tickets.
The manager handed me the device. “It’s on the V setting,” he said, smiling and directing us to our theater for the film. My husband and I settled in for the previews. I gripped the transmitter and adjusted my headset to fit comfortably over my ears.
I held my breath as the logo for the movie studio appeared on the screen. I heard a voice in my headset say something like, “Focus Features. The O in Focus is blurred.” I smiled to myself, knowing that this was Descriptive Video.
As I watched The World’s End, the male narrator told me about facial expressions and movements of characters. He mentioned certain prop locations or important details that could be missed if you are only going on the film’s dialogue and sound effects.
At times, I found the description to be unintentionally funny. “Gary walks through a contraction site without a helmet. He causes an accident. Then, he cheerfully waves.”
By the end of the film, I felt confident that I wasn’t mixing up characters or missing out on plot twists due to my vision. The track conveyed a version of what I imagined to be stage directions for the screenplay seamlessly in my ears. The pieces described on the track engaged me.
I recommend Descriptive Video for anyone with visual impairments who likes watching movies. It adds another layer of information at times when you would be missing out due to nonverbal communications or elements in movies. This accessibility option helped me to enjoy the movies like I used to before gaining low vision.
For more information about Descriptive Video Service, see their FAQ page.