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“Descriptions” is an ongoing project looking at film production company logo animations – also known as “bumpers” – with visual descriptions provided by Deluxe Digital Studios, the Described Media Team at the National Captioning Institute, the Media Access Group at WGBH, and the respective film companies. The project is interested in the translation from cinematic image to textual description.

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“I just watched this short film of yours. I’ve no idea what your intentions are with this piece so at the risk of offending you (though that is not my intention) let me say that I find it terrifying. I’m serious. It is brilliant in its awful nihilism. This is how I read it. Truly scary. So well-done in its dead tone and technique as to be upsetting. […] In short: this may be the new wave of the horror genre. I’m seriously creeped out.” – Jason Payne

“I watched your movie and all of a sudden I felt like everything that I was writing became a description of something I had never seen. There were no emotions; my words all fell flat like clumps of dirt.” – Michael Osman

Footage sources: “Titanic” (Paramount, 1997); “Monsters, Inc.” (Walt Disney Pictures, 2001); “The Incredible Hulk” (Universal Pictures, 2008); “Up” (Walt Disney Pictures, 2009); “Toy Story 3” (Walt Disney Pictures, 2010); “The Social Network” (Columbia Pictures, 2010); “Tron: Legacy” (Walt Disney Pictures, 2010); “True Grit” (Paramount Pictures, 2010); “Battle Los Angeles” (Columbia Pictures, 2011); “Mars Need Moms” (Walt Disney Pictures, 2011); “Rio” (20th Century Fox, 2011); “Thor” (Paramount Pictures, 2011); “Super 8” (Paramount Pictures, 2011); “X-Men: First Class” (20th Century Fox, 2011); “Captain America: The First Avenger” (Paramount Pictures, 2011); “Cowboys & Aliens” (Universal Pictures, 2011); “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (20th Century Fox, 2011); “The Help” (Touchstone Pictures, 2011); “Colombiana” (TriStar Pictures, 2011); “Moneyball” (Columbia Pictures, 2011); “Real Steel” (Touchstone Pictures, 2011); “Tower Heist” (Universal Pictures, 2011); “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” (Summit Entertainment, 2011); “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Columbia Pictures, 2011); “We Bought a Zoo” (20th Century Fox, 2011); “John Carter” (Walt Disney Pictures, 2012); “Battleship” (Universal Pictures, 2012); “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2012); “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2012); “Prometheus” (Twentieth Century Fox, 2012); “Brave” (Walt Disney Pictures, 2012); “The Amazing Spider-Man” (Columbia Pictures, 2012); “Total Recall” (Columbia Pictures, 2012); “The Bourne Legacy” (Universal Pictures, 2012); “Premium Rush” (Columbia Pictures, 2012); “Looper” (TriStar Pictures, 2012); “Flight” (Paramount Pictures, 2012); “Wreck-It Ralph” (Walt Disney Pictures, 2012); “Lincoln” (Touchstone Pictures, 2012); “Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox, 2012); “This Is 40” (Universal Pictures, 2012); “Zero Dark Thirty” (Columbia Pictures, 2013); “Identity Thief” (Universal Pictures, 2013); “Oblivion” (Universal Pictures, 2013); “The Purge” (Universal Pictures, 2013); “This Is the End” (Columbia Pictures, 2013); “The Heat” (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 2013); “Despicable Me 2” (Universal Pictures, 2013); “The Lone Ranger” (Walt Disney Pictures, 2013); “The Wolverine” (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 2013); “Elysium” (TriStar Pictures, 2013); “The World’s End” (Working Title Films, 2013); “Riddick” (Universal Pictures, 2013); “Rush” (Universal Pictures, 2013); “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (Paramount Pictures, 2014); “American Hustle” (Columbia Pictures, 2013); “Ride Along” (Universal Pictures, 2014)

Descriptions read by: Miles Neff (, Leilani Jones-Wilmore, Carl Nubile, Travis (, Tansy Alexander (, Christopher Flowers, Gailee Heideman, Alice Sanders, Aaron Meza (, Adrienne Barbeau, and Pat Lince

First edition: Monday, May 12th, 2014
Second edition: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Third edition: Saturday, May 17th, 2014
Fourth edition: Monday, May 19th, 2014
Fifth edition: Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Sixth edition: Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Seventh edition: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Eighth edition: Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Ninth edition: Friday, July 4th, 2014
Tenth edition: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Eleventh edition: Friday, September 26th, 2014

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