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The lady in the painting – a tale in sign language

Today we are here to share with you all our new sign language project: the tale La dama del cuadro (The lady in the painting).

This story is available in the book Un confinamiento de cuentos (Stories of a lockdown), an anthology written over the three months of the lockdown imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the occasion of the International Day of Sign Languages, we decided to publish a really special idea we had about La dama del cuadro, which you may know discover all about in this article.

Illustration for the story La dama del cuadro, by Badyr Askandar.

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Un confinamiento de cuentos: a multimedia book accessible to everyone!

Inclusion, fantasy and coronavirus

Un confinamiento de cuentos (Stories of a lockdown), by Miguel Ángel Font Bisier, is a multimedia book accessible to everyone now available for purchase in multiple formats and platforms.

The book is an anthology of short stories written over the first three months of the Spanish COVID-19 lockdown (March – May 2020). Combining fantasy and matters of the daily life, in a fresh and humorous style, the author reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic from different angles: love, friendship, the fear of loneliness, the arts, the grief…

According to the author, a story is:

a miniature in text form that, I have discovered, works best when the audience takes part. When they use their own voice, like a good meal feels incomplete without the following conversation.

One might even say that a story is much more than a literary work. It is an exercise of communication, dialogue and constant learning. For that reason, when the Spanish Government declared the state of alarm on March 14, I thought about the value of stories and tales, as they can be a balm to the loss of freedom.

COVID-19 has made an impact on each and every one of the pillars upon which the welfare state was built.

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SWING! The Life of a Secret: An Inclusive Feature Film

«SWING! The Life of a Secret» is a fresh, dynamic film with a plot full of twists. It was designed to be the first inclusive feature film from the start, from script-writing to distribution.

SWING! The Life of a Secret is an inclusive feature film created by Miguel Ángel Font Bisier. Picture by Jose Luis Carretero.

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The Accessibility Report

WHAT IS THE ACCESSIBILITY REPORT?

The Accessibility Report is an interactive manual. It is divided into ten sections, which contain the different phases of the creative process of this film. Its aim is to capture the essence of each department of the project through videos, photographs and the testimonies of its main team. This allows the professionals in accessibility to know firsthand the most important data they will have to take into account  in the audio description and the enriched subtitling.

Fernando Villamanta, Whatscine’s CEO, reading the Accessibility Report.

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Blues Time: questions and answers

  • What is Blues Time?

Blues Time is a fictional short film rated for general audiences. It was written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Miguel Ángel Font Bisier and produced by When Lights are Low. The main characters are played by José Manuel Casañ, singer of the infamous rock band “Seguridad Social”, and by Aroa Renau, a child actress and model. The film is 14.30 minutes in length and was shot by a professional film crew in Valencia.

Blues Time’s official poster, by Weaddyou advertising agency.

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