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The bad guy in the book brandishes an untraceable 3D-printed ‘ghost’ gun. But how much of a threat are they really?

To build a 3D gun, you’d need the plans. I can imagine these are available somewhere on the dark web. (For reasons unclear to me, U.S.A President Trump has been trying to make such plans available online, but has been blocked by 20 states, who are suing over this issue.)

You’d also need a 3D printer and you’d need to know how to use it. And you’d still need the bullets.

3D printers are prohibitively expensive in South Africa. And not many people have the expertise to use them. It’s probably much easier to get a stolen gun. In the U.S.A., 3D printers are far more available, but perhaps so too are guns?

So for now, such printed guns are thankfully still out of reach for most criminals in South Africa. But I guess in time this will change.

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“You can try fight the devil, but the devil is part of you. You must find a way to make peace with your devil.”

My interpretation of some Jungian concepts prescribes one character’s journey in The Oracle Machine graphic novel and film script.

In script-writing, it’s a good idea for each character to have an ‘inner need’, an outer ‘want’ and some obstacle, that comes from the conflict between their wants and needs, and that stops them attaining those true needs.

So yes, script-writing can be therapeutic, as you apply these concepts to your characters, and remember that each character is a reflection of yourself anyway. Writing any book or producing any art is very revealing (and therapeutic, and thereby satisfying).

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I’ve had characters wrestle with the devil in my other film work too!
In my short film DIE HEL (2009), a man has to try come to terms with his own inner fears in a strange corner of South Africa.

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And in my zero-budget indie movie GIRL FROM NOWHERE, there are quite a few references to Liza (Christia Visser) as embodying ‘the devil herself’.

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Here’s Kim doing a really great job performing as Lena from one of the opening scenes in The Oracle Machine.

I stuck the fake titles on just to show how they might fit into this opening scene. Without them the scene would appear too slow. Bear in mind it does follow on from a heavy action scene.

The apartment looks cool! Thanks G&N. And I’m loving the black&white.

I posted this because I thought it was about time I show some video of how T.O.M. might look.

Have had some more feedback on the blog. All positive, though some say it’s brave?… Wim very politely/kindly suggested that, though he understands where I’m coming from, others who’re not into the film scene will not understand the idea of rough tests.

He has a point… 🙂