Carnival of Souls – “Cinema in the Dark” now available to book!

Hub Member’s are now able to book the cinema in the dark package for FREE which includes all the info required to set up your own event (non-Hub Members costs on request).

For more info or to discuss this opportunity email:
Carnival of Souls – inspired by the legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and is also conceived as a response to the practical but often dull delivery of audio description for blind and sight-impaired audiences.

Seated in a traditional cinema space and equipped with wireless headphones, the audience will be plunged into blackout for the duration of a purposely-adapted tale centered upon the 1962 experimental horror of the same name, cited as an important influence upon the films of David Lynch and George A. Romero. Carnival of Souls includes an original score, atmospheric field recording, soundscape, audio effects and experimental narration.

Binaural audio is a specialised method of recording sound that creates a 3-D sensation for the listener of being physically present at the point of origin, and can also be described as a form of audio ventriloquism. Stereo sound is perceived by the listener as taking place ‘inside’ the head, as if a line were drawn between left and right ears. Binaural sound is discerned ‘outside’ the head, projected into physical space, with additional properties of direction, distance and range. The result is a heightened, personalised intimacy, capable of triggering autonomous sensory meridian response – a physical, reflexive reaction, ranging from goosebumps to shivers, increased heart rate and twitching.

Director Bren O’Callaghan, Producer Sally Folkard, Scriptwriter Len Horsey and Composer Euan Rodger are working in consultation with the support of Chris Pike at BBC Research and Development with additional assistance from disability access specialists Full Circle Arts.

Film Hub NWC are leading on Carnival of Souls with the intention to create an open-source toolkit of notes, blog posts, diaries, comments upon technical findings and feedback from a supplementary focus group of blind and sight-impaired audience members so that others might also learn from and build upon the experience.

The experience first took place at Cornerhouse on Friday 27th February 2015 and at the brand new venue HOME as part of their HOMEwarming weekend on 23 & 24 May 2015.

Teaser video for the project: