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Obligatory first post
Hello all who happened to stumble upon this blog. I’m Michelle, and I’ve recently decided to spearhead (I’ve always wanted to use that word) an effort to make subtitles for every episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Over on Fuck Yeah MST3k, I realized that deaf people and their loved ones were saddened by the lack of available subtitles for MST3k, and couldn’t enjoy what I personally believe to be an awesome show. Since I already love making transcripts and I love helping people out, I’ve thrown myself into this headfirst. My goal is to have an .srt file for every episode of MST3k. When this goal will be reached, I have no idea. But at least I have a goal.
I WOULD LOVE HELP WITH THIS PROJECT. Please contact me if you want to help make MST3k available to the hard-of-hearing! I’ll be using Subtitle Workshop to make the files, and then host them somewhere or another once I get to that point. The subtitle files will be freebut I’d love a generous donation or two, since they’ll take a bunch of time to make.
Another way to help is to HELP ME DEVELOP A FORMAT. I know what I think good subtitles look like, but I want to hear from those who know best. I’m willing to write the subtitles however people want them—but I will be making a standard format that will be used for the whole project. Should I color-code the subtitles for each character? Should I just clarify who’s speaking each line? Is it helpful to to write subtitles with EMPHASIS and say when a line is sarcastic? How do I explain an auditory pun in writing?
For the first few episodes I’ll be subtitling them myself, just until I have a good format developed. After then I’ll be happy to get any help I can. As long as you follow the standard format and can use proper spelling and grammar, I’d love your help.
If anyone has any questions, go ahead and message me here or on my main blog. It’ll take me a while to get everything up and running, but I’m on the internet quite a lot so don’t be afraid to give me some yummy input.
(Also, the files I’ll be using to make the subtitles can be found here)
When you are five years old, your understanding of noise is primarily thus: do not make any.
Around you every day people talk, but you are not allowed to because never can you do it right and you are loud besides. Loud: you might be young and deaf, but you know what loud is, what it means clear as any bell you have yet to hear. Loud is what comes out of you when you try to weave together words. Loud is what makes your mom and dad drop their heads all sheepish in stores—loud is what your teacher frowns about, and loud is why your lips are forever chapped and raw and weeping red. All the time you bite them from the inside to keep yourself from opening your own mouth. To keep yourself from being loud.