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New workshop on the art of subtitling

ITI is planning a workshop on the art of subtitling for film and television.

The one-day event, which takes place at the University of Westminster in London on 11 November, will introduce participants to the growing number of opportunities in the audiovisual translation industry.

It will also provide an overview of the skills needed to work in this area, using practical exercises and hands-on training.

The workshop will be led by Lindsay Bywood, a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster who is studying for a PhD in subtitling at University College London.

Bywood said: ‘Subtitled television and film is the norm in much of the world, including for the Dutch, Belgians, and all of Scandinavia. But how different is subtitling from text translation?

What software is needed and which additional skills? How long does it take to train? And, just as importantly, how easy is it to get work and where does it come from?

‘The practice of subtitling involves not only skilled translation and editing but also an appreciation of how meaning is created in film, and mastery of a number of technical elements related to the timing of the subtitles.

‘Specialist software is necessary, but competent freeware is available, and the price of professional packages is steadily decreasing.

‘If you are interested in learning a little about how to subtitle, my workshop will give you an introduction to the basic skills required, a taster of the market, and an opportunity to practise on industry-standard software in a professional environment.’

For more information and to book your place, please contact Ann Brooks on .




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