LIVE THEATER CAPTIONING

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Photo and  excerpt  of  Death and Harry Houdini feat. Dennis Watkins and Carolyn Defrin used with permission from The House Theatre of Chicago.

What is CaptionPoint?

CaptionPoint is a system that provides live theater captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing.

ACCESSIBLE

Making closed captioning available for any given performance in any type of theater space.

INCLUSIVE

Patrons will enjoy closed captioning on their own mobile devices, without distracting fellow
theatergoers.

AFFORDABLE

CaptionPoint will be inexpensive—even for small theaters and their patrons.

WHY CAPTIONPOINT?

To share the things we love with the ones we love.

PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS

PROBLEM #1

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EXISTING CAPTION SYSTEMS ARE EXPENSIVE

Existing closed captioning systems require theaters to invest in a mix of software, networking, and presentation devices that are expensive to purchase and install for large theater companies and  unaffordable for small ones.

OUR SOLUTION

A MODULAR, NON-PROPRIETARY SYSTEM

CaptionPoint will keep costs low for theaters by interfacing with any devices for open or closed captions: LED screens, monitors, smart phones and tablets.

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PROBLEM #2

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ACCESSIBLE SHOWS ARE RARE

While stage productions with open captioning and/or ASL interpreting have become increasingly available, the actual number of captioned performances tends to be limited to a few shows per run.

OUR SOLUTION

REDUCE COST & COMPLEXITY FOR ALL SHOWS

By making the process of installation, setup, and execution consistent from the first show to the last, CaptionPoint will allow theaters to provide closed captioning for all performances in a run.

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PROBLEM #3

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OPEN CAPTIONS CAN BE LIMITING

Open captioning  (projecting captions on a screen) can be distracting to other audience members and display placement is a struggle for theaters and patrons alike.

OUR SOLUTION

SEND CAPTIONS TO MOBILE DEVICES

CaptionPoint will regulate screen brightness, color, and contrast for optimal reading in such a way that avoids catching the eyes of other audience members.

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HOW WILL IT WORK?

CaptionPoint will simplify set up for theaters and theater patrons.

SETUP FOR THEATERS

STEP ONE

ENTER YOUR SCRIPT

Theater staff inputs a script into the CaptionPoint system.

STEP TWO

SUPPLY THE DEVICE HOLDER

Before the performance, supply patrons with equipment for hands-free display of their mobile devices.

STEP THREE

BROADCAST CAPTIONS

During a performance, captions will be published over a private network to patrons' mobile devices.

STEP FOUR

ADVANCE THE SCRIPT

Theater staff advances captions with the simple tap of the keyboard.

SETUP FOR PATRONS

STEP ONE

DOWNLOAD THE
captionpoint APP

The CaptionPoint app will be available in the iTunes app store and Google Play.

STEP TWO

CONNECT WITH THE
THEATER NETWORK

Once you're at the theater, open CaptionPoint on your device. The app will automatically search for the CaptionPoint network and prompt you to connect.

STEP THREE

PLACE PHONE IN
THE DEVICE HOLDER

Place your mobile device in the holder, adjust as needed, sit back, and watch the captions flow!

WHAT WILL IT COST?

CaptionPoint 1.0 will cost $70,000 and take about 4 months to build. Here's what it will take to make CaptionPoint 1.0 a reality.

BUILD THE HARDWARE

PHASE ONE

IN-HOUSE NETWORK

PHASE TWO

PRIVATE SERVER

phase three

DEVICE MOUNT & LIGHT VISOR

DESIGN & DEVELOP THE SOFTWARE

PHASE FOUR

SCRIPT BROADCASTER APP

PHASE FIVE

SCRIPT EDITOR APP

PHASE SIX

CAPTIONS PRESENTER APP

ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS

ALPHA TESTING IN MULTIPLE THEATER ENVIRONMENTS

INSTALLATIONS & TRAINING

PROJECT ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS

ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISING FOR SELF-SUSTAINING PROJECT

WHAT WILL IT COST?

CaptionPoint 1.0 will cost $70,000 and take about 4 months to build.

PHASE ONE

Research and development of server

PHASE TWO

Research and development of APPS

PHASE THREE

Research and development of NETWORK

PHASE FOUR

DESIGN & PROTOTYPE DEVICE HOLDERS

ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS

ALPHA TESTING IN MULTIPLE THEATER ENVIRONMENTS

INSTALLATIONS & TRAINING

PROJECT ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS

ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISING FOR
SELF-SUSTAINING PROJECT

THE TEAM

We are a small team of developers, designers and theater lovers.

The CaptionPoint team has a combined 30+ years of design, development, project management, and theater experience. We have a unique understanding of a theater's time and budgetary constraints... we know how imperative it is for CaptionPoint to be both affordable and easy to use.

MATTHEW BIVINS

CO-FOUNDER // CEO // DEVELOPER

Matthew Bivins has been performing on stage since he was five and developing websites for ten years. Preferring to provide tech know-how to nonprofits and organizations in the performing arts world, Matt has built sites for jazz organizations, dance companies, and theaters. 

EVAN BIVINS

LEAD DESIGNER // UX

Evan Bivins has been designing for web, apps and print since 2008. With his brother, Matt, they've focused on social good projects and non-profits. His mission is to make the CaptionPoint user experience effortless, intuitive and effective.

LINDSAY JEAN DREXLER

CO-FOUNDER // CVO // DEVELOPER

Lindsay Jean provides the team the most important perspective of all - that of the deaf and hard of hearing. Her insights shape the way the team approaches building this system. In addition, she provides promotional, marketing and social media support.