Tag Archive: Africa


TOM pg 146/150

My other favourite page. I don’t think it’s a particularly expensive VFX shot. It’s a low budget movie. Plus even a low budget goes a long, long way in Cape Town (and a filmmaker like me has a little experience in stretching a budget..)

TOM page 133/150

Everyone likes to share their experiences with someone. Everyone likes a witness…

TOM page 128/150

Action is fun to draw, & watch!

TOM pg 120/150

I know, I know, it’s hard to imagine a tiny old-school box ruling the Internet, but it’s meant to be the tip of a pyramid of control. I may need to work on making it more impressive?
But hey, this is the point & power of a working script document.

TOM pg 119/150

Since film crews play such a big part in creating builds for awesome events like Afrikaburn (our version of Burning Man), that for a scene like this, I think I could just turn the cameras on the crew…

TOM pg 117

I thought using vehicle-motions, kicking dust etc would give plenty of nice wipes between scenes. Of course, hard to guess what’ll be best in the cut, but NB to give editors an arsenal of shots to work from.

TOM pg 116

Funny to think when I first wrote The Oracle Machine, 10+ years ago, cannabis was illegal. Yet now it’s practically legal in South Africa, & many other places. Things can change fast!

And yes, Cape Town really is what I call ‘The Cradle of Consciousness’, where scientific evidence suggests humanity survived as a small group (20,000 people) & then enjoyed a leap in consciousness over 100,000 years ago, before spreading out worldwide.
(Think #2001 A Space Odyssey, but with cave people tossing bones to the sky)

Our incredible region is now finally being recognised by local authorities, and marketed as humankind’s ‘Cradle of Culture’. (But I think ‘Cradle of Consciousness’ is much more accurate & cooler!)

This is why it’s The Perfect Setting for an original movie about humanity’s next evolutionary leap in consciousness and IQ.
(Or should it be AI-Q?)

TOM pg 108

Humour & horror sometimes tell a good story together.

TOM pg 104

Okay, I’d like to point out van-truck collisions don’t need to break the budget. Yes, we would need a ‘wrecked’ van… (perhaps one could be found at a scrap yard?) But actual collisions can be implied.
See my short film ‘Die Hel’ (link here), at about 1 min 30sec, for a great example of a super-cheap car-person collision. 

TOM pg 102

Action! Cars! Table Mountain!
One of my favourite pages.
(I like to think my drawings finally started to improve, once I had 101 finished pages under my belt…)