PROOF OF CONCEPT: I began to play an INFOCOM text adventure* while having http://readthrough.com narrate a screenplay (in different voices – it’s amazing what it can do) written by Gary Whitta in 2014 but not yet turned into a movie. I used a walk through and planned to go through the whole text adventure but after seven minutes of following cheats, I decided I’d rather read along the script. * “A Mind Forever Voyaging (AMFV) is a 1985 interactive fiction game designed and implemented by Steve Meretzky and published by Infocom.” I didn’t finish but I got what I wanted. More interesting than using a walk through on a text adventure I’d never played was finding the SOLUTION to a passing curiosity: “Is there a way to automatically change text-to-speech voices on the fly and is there a way to deconstruct a screenplay?” I figured there must be a way to deconstruct a screenplay because they seem to follow a standard format and.. in fact, they do. Readthrough is amazing in what it can do: To be able to take any screenplay and have it read aloud by different computer voices is amazing. They also have a feature where real people will do the reading for you for free — or you can do readings for others — but my interest in what is possible to automate. So, several concepts proved and I’m satisfied.

PROOF OF CONCEPT:

I began to play an INFOCOM text adventure* while having http://readthrough.com narrate a screenplay (in different voices – it’s amazing what it can do) written by Gary Whitta in 2014 but not yet turned into a movie. I used a walk through and planned to go through the whole text adventure but after seven minutes of following cheats, I decided I’d rather read along the script.

* “A Mind Forever Voyaging (AMFV) is a 1985 interactive fiction game designed and implemented by Steve Meretzky and published by Infocom.”

I didn’t finish but I got what I wanted. More interesting than using a walk through on a text adventure I’d never played was finding the SOLUTION to a passing curiosity: “Is there a way to automatically change text-to-speech voices on the fly and is there a way to deconstruct a screenplay?” I figured there must be a way to deconstruct a screenplay because they seem to follow a standard format and.. in fact, they do. Readthrough is amazing in what it can do: To be able to take any screenplay and have it read aloud by different computer voices is amazing. They also have a feature where real people will do the reading for you for free — or you can do readings for others — but my interest in what is possible to automate.

So, several concepts proved and I’m satisfied.

 

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