THE SOUND OF STORY: NOTES ON BLINDNESS
AN EXPLORATION OF SOUND AND MUSIC IN STORYTELLING
18 NOVEMBER 2016
PART OF BRIGHTON'S CINECITY FILM FESTIVAL
Notes on Blindness will be presented as a case study by Mike Brett producer of the critically acclaimed feature film Notes on Blindness directed by James Spinney and Peter Middleton.
After the writer and theologian John Hull became completely blind in 1983, he kept a diary, on audio-cassette, in order to try to make sense of the experience. His recordings have been incorporated into the critically acclaimed feature film, Notes on Blindness, directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney, which followed the filmmakers’ Emmy award-winning short of the same name. The film has drawn many five star reviews, including from The Guardian and The Times, and has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was recently nominated for six British Independent Film Awards, including Best British Film and Best Director.
The complementary VR experience, Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, is a six-part interactive non-fiction project, which uses new forms of storytelling, gameplay mechanics and virtual reality to offer a sensory and psychological journey into “a world beyond sight”. The project has garnered widespread critical acclaim, premiering as part of the New Frontier strand at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and going on to win the Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities award, the Kaleidoscope award for Best Experimental Experience, the prestigious Tribeca Storyscapes award, and the Prix Europa for Best European Online Project.
Producer Mike Brett will provide insight into the creative approach and techniques used on both the film and VR experience. Inspired by Hull’s efforts to “overcome the abyss which divides blind people from sighted people”, the filmmakers worked closely with experts in the field of audio-visual translation to create four alternative soundtracks for the film, offering visually impaired audiences a choice of compelling, cinematic experiences. “Our ultimate goal”, they say, “is to make Notes on Blindness the most accessible film ever produced for a visually impaired audience”.
Mike is a director, producer and co-founder of award-winning independent production company Archer’s Mark. His debut feature documentary Next Goal Wins (directed and produced with creative partner Steve Jamison) won the Moët British Independent Film Award for Best Documentary, earning them both recognition as BAFTA Breakthrough Brits and Screen International Future Leaders for 2015. As well as producing the feature film Notes on Blindness, he also co-produced the VR experience Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, alongside Arnaud Colinart of AGAT Films & Cie / EX NIHILO.
The Sound of Story Symposium – Friday 18 November
Times: 11am – 6pm
Venue: Brighton Dome Studio, New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UG (registration 10.30pm)
Tickets: £35 / £20 (concession)
NOTES ON BLINDNESS SCREENING + Q&A + VR EXPERIENCE:
Thursday 24 November 2016
We are pleased to present a screening of Notes on Blindness followed by a Q&A with directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney. Attendees will also have the opportunity to try out the complementary VR experience.
ABOUT THE SOUND OF STORY
The Sound of Story takes place over three days 17, 18, 19 November 2016. It is a series of talks, masterclasses, screenings and workshops featuring a stellar line-up of world-class sound professionals.
The Sound of Story is presented by Lighthouse, and supported by Creative Skillset ’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds and through the Skills Investment Fund. It takes place during Brighton’s annual film festival, CINECITY, and is sponsored by Goldcrest and AMPS (Association of Motion Picture Sound).
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