Screenwriting : Virtual table reads? by Tony McFadden

Tony McFadden

Virtual table reads?

I want an app that lets me input a screenplay, assign voices to characters and do a table read. Get on that, Apple.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Final Draft 9 does just that -- a live script read. You can assign different voices to each of your characters -- male, female, young or old. It also works great on a Mac.

D Marcus

Movie Magic does just that. It, too, has different age ranges and voice types. Of course the issue is acting. A computer voice cannot read the script and make acting choices. I love doing a table read to hear how actors interpret the characters. And only humans can do that.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Very true, Alan, a table read with actual people would be the best option. However, an option that is much harder to come by. It's nice to have "voice talent" right at your finger tips. :)

Lena Banks

Final Draft scriptwriting software does that.

Tony McFadden

Thanks for the fantastic comments. The post was actually a joke and I'm very pleasantly surprised at the options available. A table read with real actors would be great, but I'm in rural Australia and would be limited to my wife, 2 kids and the neighbour's cattle dog.

JC Young


Una Love

Hi Tony, what a great discussion you prompted! :-) I think the Skype suggestion would be great for your rural situation, though if you used Google Hangouts you get to have more people on camera than group calls on Skype. I love doing cold reads (much of childhood with nose stuck in a book!) and would be happy to help out as one of your actors, schedule permitting. I'm in the UK so early mornings/evenings probably the best times for me.

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