I stumbled upon XTRA NORMAL – Movies From Text this morning and my little world has changed!

Xtranormal’s mission is to bring movie-making to the people. Everyone watches movies and we believe everyone can make movies. Movie-making, short and long, online and on-screen, private and public, will be the most important communications process of the 21st century.

Our revolutionary approach to movie-making builds on an almost universally held skill—typing. You type something; we turn it into a movie. On the web and on the desktop.

The interface is simple and easy to understand – you simply choose your characters and the world you want them to function in and start typing their dialog! You can also pick and change the camera angle, your characters’ emotions and posture and add music. It literally takes a few minutes.

I made a (very rough and short and basic) video to showcase it to a friend:

You can post them to YouTube, send the URL or embed the movie into websites.

A word to the wise: Register before you start playing around as you can’t publish your work until you’ve registered.