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A screenplay bot

Project description


Meet DAVE, the screenwriting bot. DAVE generates formatted screenplays from other screenplays.


pip install davebot


Stanley module

Generate screenplays

DAVE.nlp.Stanley uses all the modules below (except web scraping) to generate formatted screenplays (PDF and plaintext).


from DAVE.nlp.Stanley import Stanley
characters = ['HAL', 'DAVE', 'Stanley Kubrick', 'Discovery One', 
              'Arthur C. Clarke', 'The Sentinel']
source = ['2001-A-Space-Odyssey.txt', '2012.txt']

director = Stanley(source, characters, destination='output', title='2013', author='DAVE')

DAVE will create two files in the destination directory: <title>.pdf and <title>.txt.

Scraper module

Scraping Screenplays

DAVE.scraper.DiscoveryOne scrapes from IMSDB using BeautifulSoup

from DAVE.scraper import DiscoveryOne, Sentinel
DiscoveryOne.crawl(path, directory='.', pattern=GENRE):


DAVE.scraper.Sentinel and parses screenplays into subsections: headings, transitions, actions, parentheticals, and dialogue, to be further prepared into Markov models.

Sentinel.parse(*sources, destination='.', write=True)

Or, parse recursively using Sentinel.parse_directory

Sentinel.parse_directory(source='.', destination='parsed_categories', genre='All')`

NLP module

Serialize markov models

DAVE.nlp.HAL generates Markov chains from the parsed categories made by DAVE.scraper.Sentinel and serializes the models into JSON.

To create the Markov models:

from DAVE.nlp.HAL import HAL
HAL.generate_models(source='parsed_categories', destination='.')


A Space Odyssey

Inspiration from the name D.A.V.E. came from Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The names of this package's modules all reflect characters, creators, texts, and important people involved in A Space Odyssey.


The original inspiration for this project comes from a short science fiction film: Sunspring.

Description (from Ars Technica):

In the wake of Google's AI Go victory, filmmaker Oscar Sharp turned to his technologist collaborator Ross Goodwin to build a machine that could write screenplays. They created "Jetson" and fueled him with hundreds of sci-fi TV and movie scripts. Building a team including Thomas Middleditch, star of HBO's Silicon Valley, they gave themselves 48 hours to shoot and edit whatever Jetson decided to write.

Sunspring Short Film

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