Tag Archive: Graphic Novel


TOM pg 143/150

I was tempted, after the top panel, to have our hero Scot say ‘So you’re the code-word?’, but of course that would have made it a different type of screenplay…

TOM page 142/150

In the frozen moments of time, our heroes witness the AI resurrection!
(And yes, it gets even grander…)

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 110

Keeping things moving! (At last, another non-verbal page)

TOM pg 097

Professional bad guys are always scary.

TOM pg 092

Let’s say this 150-page storyboarded-screenplay is for a 100-minute film.
So that’s 1.5 pages/minute, or 40sec/page.
The motorbike frame is 1/3 page – is 13 seconds in the movie.
(If this was a Mission Impossible film, any motorbike scene would be several minutes of high action…) 
So a scene like this could be stretched, or made shorter. 
It’s important to break up talking scenes, that demand higher concentration, with ‘relaxing’ visual action. 
A bigger point is on one way to ‘time’ a scene before shooting, with ‘page-space-used’ as the guide.

TOM pg 90

Yes, in retrospect, Larry’s passing comes quite suddenly – his weak health & vulnerability surely needs to be accentuated earlier? – BUT this is precisely the immense value of storyboards ((& having the director self-storyboard his entire screenplay) – because it provides opportunity to spot shortcomings.
The storyboarded novel IS a working document, saving time/money, driving efficiency of production, sharing a vision and amending it on the fly. Etc. 

TOM pg 086


Tension + Humour always go well together.

TOM pg 081


Keeping the intrigue going (hopefully), with multiple story-threads…

T.O.M. pg 080