Storytelling's Next Chapter: Software Automatically Turns Stories into Movies

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Mercury Innovative® - a developer of language processing software - is rolling out a new web application that automatically turns written stories into animated movies. Text in Motion™ brings excitement and fun to any storyline through on-demand narrative visualization, and is due for release in early 2012.

Who is Tim? A character named 'Tim' will represent Mercury Innovative's Text in Motion (T.I.M.) narrative visualization software. Tim's story will be revealed at the product release.

Who is Tim? A character named 'Tim' will represent Mercury Innovative's Text in Motion (T.I.M.) narrative visualization software. Tim's story will be revealed at the product release.

Text in Motion™ brings excitement and involvement back to writing. Children today are so immersed in technology that we need new ways to get them excited about writing and storytelling.

Move over Hollywood! Soon you will be able to turn written stories into animated movies - automatically and on-demand. Text in Motion™, a new product created by Mercury Innovative® of Scottsdale, Arizona, allows you to write or load a story or poem and watch an animated audio-visual interpretation in real-time. Users can then export and share their creations with friends and enthusiasts. The web-based application is due for release in early-2012.

“Kids love it! We piloted Text in Motion™ with children and they couldn't get enough. They wanted to see all their favorite animals in action, and really interacted with their stories," says Peter J. Wegner, CEO and President of Mercury Innovative® and the product's co-inventor. "Text in Motion™ brings excitement and involvement back to writing."

Mercury Innovative® will demonstrate Text in Motion™ in early 2012 at the Arizona SciTech Festival before releasing the product to the general public. A character named Tim, a boy who loves to write and use his imagination, will represent the software to young audiences. Tim's story and character will be revealed at the product release.

“Children today are so immersed in technology that we need new ways to get them excited about writing and storytelling,” says Wegner. “The animations are enjoyable to watch, and resemble a diorama with backdrops, fluid movements, and sounds. Even serious grown-ups find their inner-child when they try it!"

A more customizable version of Text in Motion™ will be later released for advanced users wishing to automatically animate screenplays and whole books. A speech recognition tool add-on will also allow users to read their stories out-loud as the program visualizes them.

“Automatic story-to-movie-creation is the next step in storytelling. Processor speeds and natural language processing capabilities are just reaching the point where this kind of product is possible. We are now at that point and my team is thrilled to be involved with Text in Motion™,” adds Wegner.

About Mercury Innovative®: Mercury Innovative® was founded in 2010 and creates language analysis and language arts software. The company is located at Skysong Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is a winner of the 2011-12 Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative – a start-up business incubator managed by Arizona State University. Mercury Innovative® is also the creator of the Rhetoristics® Discourse & Audience Analysis software line. Mercury Innovative's legal representative is Cotten, Schmidt, and Abbott, L.L.P. of Fort Worth, TX. "Text in Motion", "Mercury Innovative", and "Rhetoristics" are trademarks of Mercury Innovative Corporation.

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