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TOM page 150/150

The End. Yay!

The last page is a homage (not a copy, a homage…) to Hergé, for the end of Tintin’s Flight 714. Also a bit of a homage to that masterpiece ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ (a big influence, even if Raider’s opening seems a little dated…)

Thrilled to have arrived at this marker, Goal 2!
Goal 1 was to write the screenplay. That took many years.
Goal 2 was to draw it out, to share it with others. This also took a few years.

I did it partly for the fun of drawing it, and partly because I felt AI & the concept of The Singularity was/is something I needed to make a statement about.  

And it was always going to be an experiment, to see if it could attract producers/investors to try help make it into a film, for roughly $1.5m.
The experiment is ongoing, but believe me, the experiment was the goal, regardless of outcomes. (It has to be like that, or I’d go nuts.)

For any producers out there – Hey, Cape Town is cheap! And I think I’ve proved I can stretch a budget and complete a film with my previous project. And THE ORACLE MACHINE has now been mapped out, shot-for-shot. So in terms of knowing what the director’s talking about, we can all be on the same page. We’ve just got to colour it in with moving film… So I think the risk factor has been lowered, but I would say that. 

Making it into a film would be wonderful, and that’s Goal 3. 
But Goal 2 was just to conduct this experiment. Artists make Art. It has to come out. Selling that art must be secondary. (Though in film, if you want budget, you have to pre-sell it too, just in order to realise it on film.)

Anyway, thanks everyone for keeping up. If you missed any of it, find it all online on www.TheOracleMachine.in
(Or hey, you could order 1 of 500 printed graphic novels there too. Take a chance. Who knows? Maybe there’s 1/5000 odds it’ll become a collector’s item? And… being in black & white, it’s also a really cool African-SciFi colouring book!)

Because there was/is never any guarantee this will become a film, for the last 6 months I’ve also been busy keeping on keeping on. Happy to say, I’m putting the finishing touches to a brand new original screenplay. This one is written so I can actually produce & shoot myself. (But only if need be, as previously done with Girl From Nowhere.)

The new one is a cyberpunk thriller, set in 2028, in the ‘deserts’ off Cape Town. I think feels a bit like Dust Devil & Mad Max meeting 2000AD & William Gibson’s Neuromancer. It’s a wild fun romp (even if it’s just 5 characters) & I look forward to sharing more on that soon!
No, it won’t be a comic. (Or who knows…)

If anyone wants to follow either of these projects, come say hi on Twitter.


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Because every movie concerning dreams needs a few good dream sequences.

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Bond-style bad-guy action! (I didn’t normally draw out such granular detail of every shot, but thought it would be needed/dark-fun here)

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What the *&%^ happens in Cape Town?
Why, fresh original movie scripts of course!
(Also had this idea that an AI might grow as a human does, and would therefore go through a petulant teenager stage…)

Some more backstory (not that it’s needed for the film to be enjoyable, but I do think this adds value for some, to make the film even more enjoyable…):
So there was a time, not very long ago, when some neuroscientists seemed to insist dreams held no meaning. 
Listening to podcasts now, it seems hard science is getting much better at ‘seeing’ what we’re dreaming, and finally confidently linking some dreams to our past experiences, and emotional processing etc. 
What neuroscience still needs to do much better, is to start looking at the mythological content of dreams – in terms of symbols AND also in terms of the stories we dream – and matching those to our shared mythology.