Translational Problems in Audio Description. The Case Study of “Django Unchained” by Quentin Tarantino


Abstract

The main purpose of this paper is to discuss the most common translational problems which occur during the production of audio description (AD), which is one of the modes of audiovisual translation (AVT). The article analyses selected translational problems encountered while scrutinizing the film entitled Django Unchained (2012) by Quentin Tarantino. The analysis is chiefly focused on issues which occur most frequently in the film and seem to be most difficult to solve by audio describers, both in English and in Polish versions of the film. The study compares notions of character description, facial expressions and gestures; these phenomena constitute in fact the core of audio description and particular attention should be paid to accurate rendering of them into the target language. Nonetheless, the article suggests possible strategies of dealing with the above-mentioned obstacles. Proceeding from these considerations, the study proposes conclusions concerning the type of audio description that would probably be the most successful and beneficent to the target audience.


Keywords

audio description, audiovisual translation, Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

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Filmography

Django Unchained, director Quentin Tarantino, cinematography Robert Richardson, USA, 2012.

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Published : 2021-12-30


Jabłonka, M. (2021). Translational Problems in Audio Description. The Case Study of “Django Unchained” by Quentin Tarantino. Transfer. Reception Studies, 6, 175-188. https://doi.org/10.16926/10.16926/trs.2021.06.04

Martyna Jabłonka  martynajablonka10@gmail.com
University of Silesia in Katowice  Poland