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Voice Arts Awards with a gold statue of a microphone and music stand.

Roy Samuelson is honored to be nominated in the narration category for the 2019 SOVAS Awards for his Audio Description narration work for the Universal Pictures’ film “Glass.”

Roy’s Audio Description audiences are primarily Blind or Low Vision. This narration work provides access to the elements of the producers’ or directors’ visual intent – for access and inclusion to 26 million Blind and Low Vision Americans.

Roy focuses on quality and excellence, and takes his job incredibly seriously. After narrating over 400 Audio Description films and tv shows, Roy is deeply honored personally, and collectively, that this work is being recognized, and celebrated, among other incredible voice talent nominees.

(It’s not without the efforts of #AudioDescription writers, editors, directors, and vendors, collaborating with streaming services, cinemas, cable companies, audiences, and many others that make this work with the highest standards.)

2019 nominee list

Voice Arts Awards with a gold statue of a microphone and music stand.

Sunday November 17, 2019 Warner Bros Studios in Burbank, CA

 

NCIS characters within vertical borders
NCIS characters within vertical borders

NCIS Season 17 CBS

NCIS, Season 17 – CBS

Episode Titles 379 – season

 

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Voice-Over Artist Helps the Blind Experience Movies
By Timothy Parker Hollywood
PUBLISHED 10:42 AM ET Jul. 30, 2019 UPDATED 10:54 AM ET Jul. 30, 2019

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Roy Samuelson is a voice-over artist who provides audio description for the blind and visually impaired during TV shows and movies. His voice describes what people with vision can see.
“If someone’s blind or low vision, they go into a movie theatre and ask for a special audio description headset,” Samuelson said.
Samuelson describes the wireless headset as a device they put on their ears, but it doesn’t make the audio louder. The headset provides a special audio track with a narrator explaining what is happening visually in the movie.
Samuelson has provided this service for many blockbuster movies including Get Out, Jurassic World, and the new Spiderman franchise.
“There’s a real personal satisfaction of getting the timing right because of you’ve got to get the script in within three seconds, and there’s audio cues and video cues that has to fit usually, between the dialogue,” Samuelson said.
It is all worth it for a man who has been in the business for decades, in a job where he is completely in the shadows.
“If the spotlight’s on me and someone says ‘You did a great job narrating,’ I didn’t do my job right,” Samuelson said.
Ultimately, Samuelson says his job has made him more compassionate to those with disabilities.
“And how I can be a better advocate to help, specifically with awareness of what this particular work is and also in other ways too,” Samuelson said.
Ultimately, he uses his words to help movies come to life for everyone.
Audio description is also available for many TV shows. You can access it by using your remote control much like a SAP button.

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Castle Rock Season 1 audio description, episodes 1 – 10

a shadow of a woman on a cliff, which reads Castle Rock.

From Stephen King and JJ Abrams
A hulu original
July 25 hulu

Criminal Minds cast in FBI vests with a gray haired Joe Mantegna in the forefront

Criminal Minds cast in FBI vests with a gray haired Joe Mantegna in the forefront

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criminal Minds, Season 15 – CBS

Episode Titles 1501 – 1510

Under the Skin
Awakenings
Spectator Slowing
Saturday
Date Night
Ghost
1507
Family Tree
Face Off
And In The End …

Spider-Man: Far From Home with red spider-man mask and travel stickers

Spider-Man: Far From Home with red spider-man mask and travel stickers

Sony Pictures feature (2019)

Expedition Unknown star Josh Gates holding a lantern

Expedition Unknown star Josh Gates holding a lantern

Episode Titles

Atlantis of the Andes
Ghost Ship of the Great Lakes

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Absentia Season 2 on Amazon

Casualties

Madness

Guilty

Offenders

Bolo

Cover

Boom

Aggression

Committed

Accomplice

two faces of Stana Katic, text "prime video Absentia"

Diesel Brothers season 5 cast with truck

Diesel Brothers season 5 cast with truck

Episode Titles

Diesel Dave is my Co-Pilot
Failure To Launch

Heartsick showing closeups of lead actors Camilla Wolf Bodin and Gaia Passaler

Heartsick showing closeups of male actor and Camilla Wolf Bodin

Horror/Thriller Short (2019)

Head shots of NCIS Season 16 cast members

Head shots of NCIS Season 16 cast members

NCIS, Season 16 – CBS

Episode Titles 355 – 378

Destiny’s Child
Love Thy Neighbor
Third Wheel
Boom
Fragments
Beneath the Surface
A Thousand Words
Friendly Fire
Tailing Angie
What Child is This
Toil and Trouble
The Last Link
Once Upon a Tim
She
Crossing The Line
Bears and Cubs
Silent Service
Mona Lisa
Perennial
Hail & Farewell
Judge, Jury …
… And Executioner
Lost Time
Daughters

Bosch TV show actor Titus Welliver near power lines

Bosch TV show actor Titus Welliver near power lines

Bosch, Season 5 – Amazon

Episode Titles 501 – 510

Two Kinds Of Truth
Pill Shills
The Last Scrip
Raise The Dead
Tunnel Vision
The Space Between The Stars
The Wisdom of the Desert
Salvation Mountain
Hold Back The Night
Creep Signed His Kill

Truth Or Dare poster with title and actress Lucy Hale's face inside a big red question mark

Truth Or Dare poster with title and actress Lucy Hale's face inside a big red question mark

Universal Pictures/Blumhouse Productions feature (2018)

Gold Rush: Parker's Trail banner with Cast on Mountain

Discovery Show Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail

S3 E5 Hunt for Hidden Gold: 4/29/2019

S3 E6 Parker vs. Backhoe: 5/3/2019

S3 E7 Path to Gold: 5/10/2019

The Score poster with man dangling

Paramount Feature The Score (2001, audio description 2019)

Lethal Weapon TV season 3 actors Sean William Scott and Damon Wayans

Lethal Weapon TV season 3 actors Sean William Scott and Damon Wayans

Episode Titles 301 – 315

301
Need to Know
A Whole Lotto Trouble
Leo Getz Justice
Get the Picture
Panama
Bali
What the Puck
Bad Santas
There Will Be Bud
The Roger and Me
Coyote Ugly
A Game of Chicken
The Spy Who Loved Me

Criminal Minds season 14 cast headshots

Criminal Minds season 14 cast headshots

Criminal Minds, Season 14 – CBS

Episode Titles 1401 – 1415

300
Starter Home
Rule 34
The Tall Man
Innocence
Luke
Twenty Seven
Ashley
Broken Wing
Flesh and Blood
Night Lights
Hamelin
Chameleon
Sick and Evil
Truth or Dare

Jawline with extreme close Austyn Tester, with his eyes closed.up of

Jawline with extreme close Austyn Tester, with his eyes closed.up of

Documentary (2019)

The Saint poster with Lead

Paramount Feature The Saint (2017, audio description 2019)

Batman & Bill Poster with Men at Drawing Desk

Hulu documentary Batman & Bill (2019)

The Mustang banner with man and horse

Focus Features Feature The Mustang (2019)

Mortal Engines Poster with Cast

Universal Feature Mortal Engines (2018)

The Girl in the Spider's Web poster with lead actress Claire Foy, her head turned to her right

The Girl in the Spider's Web poster with lead actress Claire Foy, her head turned to her right

Sony Pictures feature (2018)

 

 

backyard wilderness poster, with an imager of a deer sniffing at the viewer

insidious the last key with a demon skeleton reaching into a lit keyhole

Universal Pictures/Blumhouse Productions feature (2018)

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Universal Pictures feature (2018)

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Sony Pictures feature (2018)

First Man poster with star Ryan Gosling in profile as Neil Armstrong in Helmet

First Man poster with star Ryan Gosling in profile as Neil Armstrong in Helmet

Universal Pictures feature (2018)

Slender Man showing sinister shadow figure with long tentacles for arms

Slender Man showing sinister shadow figure with long tentacles for arms

Universal Pictures feature (2018)

The Equalizer 2 star Denzel Washington holding a rifle in his left hand

The Equalizer 2 star Denzel Washington holding a rifle in his left hand

Sony Pictures feature (2018)

Superfly remake with three quarter outline of lead actor Trevor Jackson in a trench coat looking down

Superfly with three quarter outline of lead actor Trevor Jackson in a trench coat looking down

Columbia Pictures feature (2018)

Flatliners Poster with cast, mouths open screaming, but also with eyes closed

Flatliners Poster with cast, mouths open screaming, but also with eyes closed

Universal Pictures feature (2017)

Lethal Weapon TV series actors Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans

Lethal Weapon TV series actors Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans

Episode Titles 201 – 222

Gringo Loco
Dancing in September
Born to Run
Flight Risk
Let it Ride
Gold Rush
Birdwatching
Fork-Getta-Bout-It
Fools Rush In
Wreck the Halls
Funny Money
Diggin’ Up Dirt
Better Living Through Chemistry
Double Shot of Baileys
An Inconvenient Ruth
Ruthless
The Odd Couple
Frankie Comes To Hollywood
Leo Getz Hitched
Jesse’s Girl
Family Ties
One Day More