Talking Scripts

 An IOS app that READS PDF FILM AND TV SCRIPTS TO YOU.

 Built by industry professionals for industry professionals.

 Stefan Schwartz Director, The Boys, Walking Dead, Luther

 Idris Elba - Actor, Beast of No Nation,Thor, Star Trek 

 

Introduction

Stefan Schwartz and Idris Elba, a likely duo. The two of them have Luther in common and ... dyslexia. They both freely admit that reading scripts is a necessary chore, which is why they collaborated on developing Talking Scripts, an app for hearing scripts read out loud. But it turns out it is not just for dyslexics.

Stefan explains,

As a freelance director I often get sent a pile of scripts to read by the end of the week which, as you’ll know if you work in this industry, is very time-consuming. 

My dream for years was that I would be able to use the time while I was commuting to the production office, sitting on a plane or exercising (which wasn’t often) to listen to scripts. If an app could read them to me automatically, I could get through my pile of scripts without eating into my quality time at home with family and friends. Talking Scripts was born out of that dream. 

Idris says,

I have a tough time reading scripts and have sat in too many traffic jams listening to scripts with Voice Over.  It was a painful experience - hearing the watermarks, page numbers and headers being read on every page, with only one voice. I was desperate for an app that could read me scripts in a simple easy way, dumping all the stuff I didn’t need to hear and getting me into the story. 

About

With advances in Apple’s text-to-speech technology, I found a way to create an app which ‘reads’ a script to you, one that knows male from female characters, allowing you to have different voices for men and woman. One that knows what parts of the script should not be read, like page headers or “continued”.

 

Talking Scripts uses a simple interface to allow you to listen to

PDF TV scripts or film screenplays. 

 

Talking scripts imports any PDF script and analyses it to see all the

character names. It then assigns a gender to all the characters using

an inbuilt database of names. This list is presented to the user and they

can correct the gender of any names they wish to and the database

will update with the new gender assignment. 

It then reads the scrips with the “action” read in one

voice (male or female) and the male characters in another

voice and the female characters in a third voice.  

It doesn’t get bogged down in reading headers,

footers, page number, mores, cont’d etc. 

 

It offers features such as:

  • create script notes with Siri integration, then share them.

  • variable voice pitch

  • variable voice speed

  • night mode

  • pause for calls

  • listen to music playlist on your favourite player as you listen to a script

  • progress bar

  • knows the gender of your script's characters

  • learns gender of new character names

  • bookmarks your last position in a current script

  • can learn pronunciation of new words

  • ignores page numbers, headers, footers, continued, watermarks etc

  • use high quality enhanced voices which you can choose

  • create reminders so you always finish your scripts on time

Talking Scripts

Developed on

AMC

Starz

Amblin

Amazon

 

Guide to IOS voices

 

This is a little ratings table that shows our personal opinion of the IOS voices you can find on your iPhone. It is not scientific, just compiled from our thoughts as we listen to scripts. It is a great resource when you are first setting up the app with voices and are not sure which ones to download. Check out the video on "downloading voices" (just below) if you are not sure how to do it.   You may not have all these voices, but you can see the voices available to you at:

iOS 13 or above

Settings>Accessibility>Spoken Content>Voices>English

or

IOS 12 and below

Settings>General>Accessibility>Spoken Content>Voices>English

 

If you have any additional favourite voices, please tell others in the blog.

Download the IOS App

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