Visioneers Services: Media and Press: Visioneering consulting for Movies and TV | Sensory Experts for Interviews and Documentaries. Image: Photo of Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish at a press conference for the Tamil movie Thandavam in which he appeared and consulted for.

GLOBAL MEDIA TRACK RECORD

Visioneers provides Media Services to private and public businesses, corporations and organizations worldwide, as well as consulting services for media corporations, movies and TV productions, in addition to providing Perceptual Navigation experts for documentaries, features, and talk shows on TV and Radio.

Our FlashSonar™ clicks have echoed to over 2 Billion people across all media platforms in more than 200 countries around the world via ABC, ABC Australia, BBC, CBC, CBS, CTV, CNN, Discovery, Fox, History Channel, iTV, NatGeo, NBC, Nine Network Australia, NPR, SBS, Space TV, Univision, The Weather Channel, ZDF and more.

EXPERT INTERVIEW SUBJECTS

Photo: Senior Visioneer Brian Bushway is interviewed by a TV Crew in a park.
Senior Visioneer Brian Bushway is interviewed by a TV Crew from the PopSugar | Z Living program "Conquered"

Visioneering activational content for live or recorded programs, and online and print publications

Visioneers has fulfilled interview requests across all media platforms for live programming, and short or long-form recorded programming for TV newscasts, talk shows, and documentaries, as well as online and print publications . We’ve been profiled and referenced in hundreds of print and online media pieces from the scholarly to the mainstream, and have been featured on the front page of The Los Angeles Times , in the UK’s Daily Mail online, the guardian and The Telegraph, as well as magazines like Men’s Journal. Multicultural Visioneer Juan Ruiz even made the LA Times before he learned FlashSonar™ Echolocation.

We can speak personally about living with blindness, issues related to advocacy for blind persons, accessibility, assistive apps, disability rights, discrimination, early childhood intervention, education, employment, FlashSonar™, freedom, health, human rights, inclusion, navigation, orientation and mobility, perceptual freedom, developmental psychology, Special Needs evaluations, and more. And we can also provide such content across several languages, including English, Dutch, Flemish, German, Italian and Spanish.

We are available in-studio, via satellite, via Facetime and Skype, or simply by telephone.

Here are some examples of our Media Consulting Services and some of the most popular media programs we’ve participated in:

MUSIC VIDEO: ‘Renegades‘ by X Ambassadors: Over 27 million views on YouTube & Vevo. Daniel Kish and Brian Bushway appear in it.

MOVIE:Thaandavam: (2012) A blind man with his ‘Echolocation’ power takes on a revenge mission. Daniel Kish appears as himself and also acts as a consultant. Click the MOVIES tab to learn more.

MOVIE REVIEW:Blind” (2017) Special Coverage of the controversy surrounding the casting of a sighted actor (Alec Baldwin) in the role of a blind man. Also, a review of the movie by Brian Bushway.

TV LIVE TALK: ‘The Doctors‘; CBS August 28, 2009. Senior Visioneer Brian Bushway explains how FlashSonar™ echolocation works.

TV FEATURE: Stan Lee’s Real Superhumans; History Channel April, 2010. Senior Multicultural Visioneer Juan Ruiz is profiled. Daniel Kish also appears.

TV FEATURE: ‘The Human Eclipse‘; The Weather Channel January 2014 Workshop Visioneer J Steele-Louchart demonstrates FlashSonar™ echolocation.

TV NEWS FEATURE:Stranger Than Fiction“; ABC World News Now, February, 2018 Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish is profiled.

TV GAME SHOW:Wedden Dat Ik Het Kan” (“Bet That I Can Do It”); SBS6 The Netherlands. Workshop Visioneer Thomas Tajo bets he can identify objects using FlashSonar™ Echolocation.

See more examples by starting off on our MEDIA page.

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MOVIE CONSULTING AND APPEARANCES

Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish holds a clear plexiglass panel above the head of TAmil actor Vikram, as he appears in, and consults for, the actor in a movie inspired by Daniel's story of teaching other blind people the skills of FlashSonar echolocation.
Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish appears in and consults for the Tamil movie "Thaandavam".

Consulting on Blindness Issues for Motion Pictures

If your upcoming movie project includes a storyline related to blindness, we can help you infuse it with authentic elements that would be part of a blind character’s daily living experiences. We can also suggest unique and cutting-edge techniques and ideas that integrate assistive technology, as well as the latest research knowledge, to ensure that your production is up-to-date with the latest advancements in our knowledge about how the brain can be trained to re-wire itself to see with sound. We can also help to ensure that your project provides a realistic portrayal of a blind person that respects their dignity and capabilities.

We also consult and can advise on blindness issues that may go viral,  triggered by a movie’s release, storyline or casting. See our Special Coverage and Review of the movie “Blind“.

Get in touch and let us know how we can be of service to contribute to the success of your movie.

Call us toll-free (in the United States) at +1 866-396-7035 or email info@visioneers.org

Thaandavam: Vikram’s role inspired by Daniel Kish

From NEWS18 INDIA September 6, 2012

Promotional photo from the movie Thaandavam shows lead actor Vikram holding a revolver.

Actor Vikram’s role in upcoming Tamil action film ‘Thaandavam’ is inspired from Daniel Kish, a blind American expert in human echolocation.

Directed by A L Vijay, the film is going to be released in about 900 screens on September 28 worldwide.

“One part of the character played by Vikram is inspired from real life, but not the entire plot. The story of the film was developed and for the blind character’s behaviour, Daniel became the inspiration,” Dhananjayan of UTV Motion Pictures said.

Vikram underwent special sessions with Daniel Kish while preparing for his role. Human echolocation is a technique of detecting objects, their position and sound by sensing echoes.

In the film, Vikram plays a RAW officer who turns blind. Telugu actor Jagapati Babu has been roped in to play the villian, while Anushka Shetty, Amy Jackson and Lakshmi Rai will be seen in key roles.

G.V. Prakash completing his 25th project by composing music for the movie ‘Thaandavam’.

The dubbed Telugu version titled ‘Shiva Thaandavam’ will be released simultaneously with the Tamil movie ‘Thaandavam’.

TV – VIDEO CONSULTING AND APPEARANCES

Video frame of Danielo Kish instructing Brian Bushway in FlashSonar Echolocation.
Lead Visioneer Daniel Kish instructs then-Student Visioneer Brian Bushway iin FlashSonar™ Echolocation in a video still from archival footage provided for the X Ambassadors' music video "Renegades"

Consulting on Blindness Issues for TV – Video

If your upcoming project includes a storyline related to blindness, we can help you infuse it with authentic elements that would be part of a blind character’s daily living experiences. We can also suggest unique and cutting-edge techniques and ideas that integrate assistive technology, as well as the latest research knowledge, to ensure that your production is up-to-date with the latest advancements in our knowledge about how the brain can be trained to re-wire itself to see with sound. We can also help to ensure that your project provides a realistic portrayal of a blind person that respects their dignity and capabilities.

We also consult and can advise on blindness issues that may go viral,  triggered by a program’s release, storyline or casting. See our Special Coverage of the issues that surrounded the movie “Blind“. Below, Daniel Kish discusses similar issues that arose in the casting of a “Criminal Minds” episode that he consulted for.

THE CONUNDRUM OVER BLIND VS. SIGHTED ACTORS

I raised the question of why a blind actor wasn’t cast to play a blind character when I was contracted to train sighted juvenile actor Jake Cherry to portray a 10 year old blind echolocater for the Criminal Minds episode “The Big Wheel”. I was told that they tried, but the pool of juvenile actors who were blind was very small. They said that they auditioned dozens of boys for that part before finding the best fit, and I have to say that Jake did a stellar job, both in terms of a convincing portrayal as well as his excellent responsiveness to my work with him.

There are times when being a blind actor doesn’t necessarily make you the best actor for a given role, even if the role is that of a blind character. There are lots and lots of sighted people who are rubbish at playing sighted characters.

I have been approached by several production companies about making a feature film about my work. Discussions are on the table about who might be cast to play me at various points in my life, and some of these on the list are, indeed, very big name actors, and for some of the same  reasons raised in the discussion about financing the movie “Blind”.

Very simply, big actors draw big interest. While I have huge interest in identifying blind actors to portray me, it is most important to me that the best actors are found, blind or otherwise. My primary concern is in the overall accuracy and compellingness of their portrayal. Whoever they are, they will, of course, be prepared by me for the part, whether blind or not.

Understandably, this sets up a catch-22 of finding roles that are suitable for actors and actresses who are blind, while at the same time finding blind actors and actresses who are suitable for playing roles. I, too, would like to see more blind actors and actresses out there, and I wish to support the cause. I would hope that actors who are blind would receive the same quality of training and opportunities for consideration as their sighted peers.

Daniel Kish

Image: Photo shows Daniel Kish sitting in a 'Director's chair that has the logo of the TV show 'Criminal Minds' embroidered on the back while on location in front of a house where a scene is being filmed.

We can provide new or archival video of blind students learning FlashSonar™ Echolocation

Our contribution of archival footage of Daniel Kish instructing then-student Brian Bushway to the official music video for X Ambassadors “Renegades” video helped to spread awareness of how persons with disabilities cope with the challenges they sometimes face and how they are often considered renegades of sorts by people who aren’t living with a disability. The video went viral on YouTube and Vevo, pushing past 27 million views.

Get in touch and let us know how we can be of service to contribute to the success of your TV Program or Video.

Call us toll-free (in the United States) at +1 866-396-7035 or email info@visioneers.org

CONSULTING AND CONTENT FOR RADIO AND PODCASTS

NPR - National Public Radio page for the Invisibilia program shows an illustration by Daniel Horowitz of Daniel Kish riding a mountain bike towards the edge of a cliff with sonar waves in the background. Headline reads: How To Become Batman. Text reads: Alix and Lulu examine the surprising effect our expectations have on the people around us. Plus, the story of a blind man who says expectations have helped him see.

Consulting on Blindness Issues for Radio and Podcasts

If your upcoming program includes a theme or storyline related to blindness, we can help you infuse it with authentic anecdotes and elements from a combined 140+ years of living with blindness. We can provide expert opinion on unique and cutting-edge techniques and ideas that integrate assistive technology, as well as the latest research knowledge into the mix, to ensure that your production is up-to-date with the latest advancements in our knowledge about how the brain can be trained to re-wire itself to see with sound. We can also help to ensure that your project provides a realistic portrayal of blind persons that respects their dignity and capabilities.

We also consult and can contribute to programs on issues that affect the day to day lives of blind and sighted people.

Get in touch and let us know how we can be of service to contribute to the success of your Radio Program or Podcast,

Call us toll-free (in the United States) at +1 866-396-7035 or email info@visioneers.org

CONSULTING AND CONTENT FOR ONLINE AND PRINT ARTICLES

Photo montage shows an online profile of Daniel Kish at Men's Journal, a cover of Success Magazine featuring FlashSonar Echolocation, and a photo of a vover story on Visioneers/World Access For The Blind in the Los Angeles Times.

MOST POPULAR RADIO AND PODCAST APPEARANCES

MEDIA:Radio: NPR exposes the real-life Batman. Image: Scnreengrab of NPR website with a illustration of a cyclist and the title: 'How to Become Batman.'
Visioneers:Media: Radio-Podcasts: Podcast: Louchart and Thaler on Study. Image: Naked Scientists Podcast logo with the headline: A world of silhouettes:Seeing with sound. Link to their podcast page.
BBC: New Mobility For A Blind Prodigy. Image: BBC Radio 4 logo and photo of Daniel Kish and Ethan David Loch with the title Batman and Ethan.

LEARN MORE ABOUT VISIONEERS ACROSS ALL MEDIA PLATFORMS

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