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Meet Diane, First Place Winner In Our Just Add Words Video Description Contest!

Posted by Anna on July 28, 2016 at 9:00 am. Just Add Words, Video Describers, Video Description

This years First Place winner Diane Kollman

2016 First Place winner Diane Kollman

The results are in from this year’s Just Add Words competition! Meet, Diane Kollman, our first place winner who did a fabulous job describing this year’s short film, Canned:

How old are you?

I’m 23 going on 24 this September.

What is your occupation?

I am currently in-between jobs, although I have a side gig doing online tutoring in psychology and writing.

Do you have a writing background?

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English and psychology with minors in professional writing and creative writing from The Ohio State University, so you could say I have a strong interest in writing! My life’s ambition is to become a fantasy author, and I enjoy seeking out writing contests like this one to test my skills.

What are your hobbies/interests?

Other than my obvious interest in writing and reading, I also love planning epic road trips, solving puzzles in escape rooms, and appreciating nature through geocaching.

Do you have any fun plans for your prize money?

My fiancé and I will be getting married next October, so I’ll be putting it all in the piggy bank for our honeymoon. A big thanks to the CaptionMax team for their generosity and commitment to providing accessible media!


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Employee Spotlight: Elizabeth Rojas

Posted by Anna on July 12, 2016 at 10:47 am. Employee Spotlight
CaptionMax Superstar Elizabeth Rojas

CaptionMax Superstar Elizabeth Rojas

At CaptionMax, we believe that our greatest strength is our employees. They’re clever, creative, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them a little better. Elizabeth Rojas joined our Burbank office as an Offline Caption Editor in February 2006. In the ten years since, she has gone on to tackle the roles of Day Shift Supervisor, Project Manager, Client Services Manager, and now Account Manager:

What’s your favorite part of working at CaptionMax?

My favorite part of working at CaptionMax is definitely the people, hands down. We have some spectacular employees at this company. And also the really unexpected shows I would’ve never ever watched on my own, which taught me things I never even considered, like how to go Crossbow Hunting Fishing (you shoot fish with arrows while sitting in a rowboat, very intense).

What job did you want when you were 10 years old?

I wanted to be a book editor and read all day, as well as a ballerina, and a wedding dress model (no other collections – just straight wedding dress ballgowns only).

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Books and cats. I can’t narrow down any of these answers to just one thing, clearly. Sorry!

Do you have any hidden talents?

Not really. I danced ballet and ballroom for a number of years, and played the violin, but those are not necessarily hidden talents so much as hobbies. And I’m super rusty at the violin by now.

What is your biggest hobby outside of work?

Reading while a cat naps in my hair.

If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?

Okay, if I have the power to dine with the dead, then it follows that I ALSO have the power to throw a full dinner party. And the key to a good invitation list is including the right mix of personalities for engaging conversation, so I’d invite Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joss Whedon, our own Jess Matelski who would murder me if I didn’t include her when Joss Whedon was over, J.K. Rowling, Shakespeare, Taylor Swift, Captain America, Colin Firth, Jane Austen, and because the rules of hosting an excellent Regency dinner party requires equal numbers of men and women, I’d add Capability Brown, just to mix it up a little. I’d title it the “Who Tells Your Story” Party.

What is your favorite TV show/movie?

My current favorite TV show is “Arrow,” mostly because I’m in love with Oliver and Felicity. But I also love “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “iZombie,” and “Lucifer.” My all-time hands-down favorite is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” And my favorite movie is the 2005 “Pride & Prejudice” starring Keira Knightley, just because it’s so incredibly pretty.

CaptionMax Hosts Open-Described Film Screening At 2016 ACB Convention

Posted by Anna on July 7, 2016 at 4:49 pm. Movies, Video Describers, Video Description
CaptionMax CEO Truck Morrison and head of Video Description Brian Gebhart introduce Shoulder The Lion

CaptionMax CEO Truck Morrison and head of Video Description Brian Gebhart introduce Shoulder The Lion

Last night, we hosted an open-described screening of acclaimed documentary Shoulder The Lion as a part of the 2016 ACB Convention that has been held here in Minneapolis all week.  This film is a visually rich exploration of the story of three artists who have lost a sense that defines their art, and it is some of the most challenging and rewarding work we have ever done in video description. It was an absolute delight to get such warm and affirming feedback from those in attendance. To watch the open described trailer, click here.

Brian talks with CaptionMax Quality Assurance Panel member Viola Cruz before the screening begins

Brian talks with CaptionMax Quality Assurance Panel member Viola Cruz before the screening begins

 

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