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
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
pause for calls
play a music playlist on your favourite player as you listen to a script
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
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
IOS 12 and below
If you have any additional favourite voices, please tell others in the blog.