The Speaker ID is a powerful tool in the captioner’s arsenal. Care must be taken with it. When used carelessly or applied rigidly, it can do some damage to the integrity of the narrative.
Inspired by the notion of dramatic irony, I begin to explore in this video what I call “captioned irony.”
An analysis of one scene from Moon (2009) starring Sam Rockwell. The scene’s captions make use of Speaker IDs to identify speakers who are off-screen. But in doing so, the Speaker IDs fill in a major piece of the narrative puzzle.
Which sounds are significant? How does the captioner choose which sounds to caption? Are some captions unnecessary? Why isn’t it possible to caption every sound in the environment?
Caption readers sometimes know what’s happening before the characters themselves. In this way, captions tell the future.