#475: Noveliser

In this era of the mash-up, lots of quality content finds itself being ‘repurposed’.

Today’s invention is simply to make a book of a feature film semi-automatically: based on the text of subtitles and some carefully chosen stills from the movie. Subtitles, I’ve noticed, now contain verbal descriptions of sound effects and enable people to basically follow what’s going on, even without the moving pictures. Adding in some scene directions from the original (digital) script would also aid readability.


This could be another low cost way to add to the long tail of commercial opportunities for certain films, after their initial sales have begun to decline (it’s also easier to follow the plot in such a book if the story is already reasonably well known).

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