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Spotlight on Eyes For The Job

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Rebekah and Chris, co-hosts, Eyes for the Job

Eyes For The Job is a Nova Scotia television series that will present home-improvement projects, led by a blind, lifelong home-improvement hobbyist. We caught up with producer Dale Stevens to learn more about the production.

Tell us about this production
Eyes for the Job is a thirteen half hour episode series filmed entirely in Nova Scotia with Nova Scotian hosts for Accessible Media Inc (AMI tv) out of Toronto, Ontario. AMI specializes in programming for blind and partially sighted people and this series will follow Chris and Rebekah as they work together on do-it-yourself, home improvement and upcycling projects.

What goes into filming a production like this?
This production will be filmed just like any other production with the exception of Integrated Described Video (IDV). IDV “is a method of producing television content for blind and partially sighted audiences from the ground up, whereby the identification of key visual elements is incorporated into the pre-production, production and post-production phases, so that traditional described video (DV) is not required after the program has been packaged.”

Tell us about the crew you work with on this production
One of the interesting aspects of this production is one of our main hosts, Chris Judge, is blind. He’ll be working with Rebekah Higgs who is fully sighted. Both hosts have strong ties to the DIY lifestyle. Chris’s father was a carpenter and growing up, he spent a lot of time with him on job sites. Some people may recognize Rebekah from a popular, local DIY web series.

On a personal note, what’s your favourite thing about this production?
My favourite part of this production is the challenge of creating the show with IDV.  Which to me, means creating a show that is entertaining and informative to everyone that may watch whether they are blind, partially blind or fully sighted. From an accessibility sense, everyone is getting the same level of enjoyment from the show.

So what’s the best thing, from your viewpoint, about doing what you do from Nova Scotia?
All of us love what we are doing. We also love our home province so it’s very rewarding to do our work here using Nova Scotian talent all the way through the production. From host to production assistants to director to editors. It’s great to be able to feature Nova Scotian talent and locations to a Canadian audience thanks to AMI tv, the province of Nova Scotia and the government of Canada.

When will Eyes For The Job air?
AMI tv will begin to broadcast the series in June of 2017. Check local listings for more details.

Where can we learn more?
For now, you can take a look at our production company’s pages (Clerisy) along with AMI’s website. As we get closer to the day we air, some content will be shared in digital form!

Eyes For The Job is qualified to receive funding through the Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund. Learn more about filming in Nova Scotia and accessing the Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund.

Use our Film Fund Estimator tool to estimate funding available for your Nova Scotia production.