Films are a powerful way to escape reality, even for those without the ability to see. A new documentary from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called "Not Much to See" shows how blind people are able to enjoy movies.
"What I do, is I just listen to it. And I listen to the story, I listen to the acting, the characters, how well it's written, the sounds, the music, all that other stuff. And it's just the same experience without the picture," said Tommy Edison, of the BlindFilmCritic.com.
Melissa Hudson, of BlindGirl.net, said Descriptive Video Service (DVS) has been majorly helpful in allowing her to enjoy movies. Theatres equipped with DVS provide audio description via headphones to users. It describes the scene during the movie's natural pauses, including everything from costumes, location and scent. The level of description in DVS is largely based on how much dialogue is in the film.
Unfortunately, not many theaters are offering DVS anymore. As Hudson notes, many theaters are veering toward offering 3D and even 4D in some cases, which means DVS is not longer a priority.
Watch "Not Much to See" below.