Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look





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Published on Nov 17, 2013

Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look is the latest anthology by a unique collection of 65 writers with disabilities.

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Video description for the visually impaired:
The following is provided for those requiring assistance with the visual elements of the video. All of the voice-over narration is provided to give cues for image changes. Format is first narration, followed by associated imagery descriptions.

Beginning of visual description:

Narration: "All great stories start at the same place -- from emptiness that yearns to be filled."
Imagery: All Black
Narration: "From that void, imagery and sound are created (Musical score begins), embodying the spirit which brought it forth."
Imagery: The blackness gives way to motion in space, past stars and into a pure white vaporous nebula. Musical score begins on cue with the white nebula. Camera (point of view) passes through the nebula to reveal a close up of a brilliantly bright blue human eye.
Narration: "But where do those images come from when you are blind? What sounds, rhythms and meters do you evoke when you are deaf? The answer to this lies behind our eyes."
Imagery: Camera slowly zooms in on the pupil of the eye. Within the pupil, stars roll past as the pupil begins to fill with a yellow and orange nebula. The eye fades out leaving only the yellow nebula, which the camera moves through. By the nebula's end, the cover of Behind Our Eyes: A second look is revealed in close-up on the star filled cover image. The cover zooms out to reveal full book cover displayed on a black background.
Narration: "In the new anthology, Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look, writers with disabilities invite the readers into their seldom glimpsed worlds."
Imagery: The book cover and background fade out to reveal a slow pan down a tree overlooking a quiet river, the entire scene in gorgeous, yet uncharacteristic blues, whites and aquamarines. Image fades into...
Narration: "This collection is filled with incredible fiction, biographical stories and poems of personal loss, delightful whimsy and deep insight."
Imagery: Slow pan up elegant and graceful woman holding a violin, profile view from shoulders and panning up to reveal face and eyes looking wistful. On the narration "delightful whimsy and deep insight" the image fades into a close-up of a woman lying in a field of grass with her hair playfully pulled out around her head like the petals of a flower. The camera pans and slowly zooms in to a dandelion in the grass opposite the woman's prone form as the narration reaches "delightful insight". Image fades into...
Narration: "From tragedy to triumph, from fear to frolic, the tales within take the reader into the heart and mind of the writer."
Imagery: With the narration "Tragedy to triumph", a young man stands on a beach at sunset, back to the viewer, arms raised into the air in a triumphant pose. With the narration "from fear to frolic," fade into a forested scene in fall, deep reds and shadows pervade the scene. A young woman with long, curly red hair moves with her back to the camera, her hand positions and posture dance the line between trepidation and kitten-like curiosity. With the narration "take the reader within the heart and mind..." the scene fades into an image of the watery reflection of a boy and girl holding hands, back turned to the viewer. The image pans up, revealing the two standing on a bank looking at a brilliant white/blue incandescent sphere floating before them. Fades into...
Narration: "Step into our world and see that not all things can be taken at face value. Sometimes they require a second look."
Imagery: Reveal once more of a close-up of the same blue eye, zooming in on the pupil. Within the pupil, stars can be seen pulling away from the viewer. In the final moments before the eye fades out, the Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look book cover is revealed as the source of the stars. Eye fades out leaving only the book cover, which moves over to the left of the screen. On the right side of the screen, title sequences fade in and out with information mirroring the call to action audio.

Title sequences of quotes also appear beside the book cover, just before the website and where to buy information. They are as follows:

"Disability is not the center of the writing -- it is the triumph that forms the beauty of this work." -- L. John Cieslinski

Holds on book cover left. Review quotes pop in and out of screen --
"Inspiring and informative" -- Patricia Gott

"Great book written by talented writers!" -- Theresa G. Pechacek

"An absolute must read" -- UNKL Fan

End of Visual description.

This video was created by Ink in Motion for the organization Behind Our Eyes. Please feel free to share this video with anyone you know.


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