Tag Archive: Science Fiction


TOM pg 124/150

I like the idea of making audiences think a little. It draws them in, & rewards them when they see the answers unfold. Hitchcock & murder mysteries are wildly popular, partly for this reason.

TOM pg 123/150

Everyone loves a funny bad guy. (I think?)

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.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted on The Oracle Machine website – I’ve been busy writing another film script, for an even lower budget AI Sci-Fi movie. (because filmmakers make films regardless of funding…)
So meanwhile, what’s news in AI?

We have the first reported incident of ‘automatic-killer-robots’ with these Turkish-made drones (Although no doubt other countries are trying this too, just more secretly).
Even the jobs of Data Scientists may be in jeopardy, according to some… Data Scientists!
And reports of AI giving orders to truant kids in an Australian school – is this surely a taste of things to come in broader society?
And spying, for cops & corporates? Is A.I. making for safer neighbourhoods, and/or are Big Corporates (driven by Consumerism) becoming our Big Brother? 
Filmmakers will be amazed at what Adobe is experimenting with – using AI to change lighting in videos AFTER they’re shot.
And GPT3 is scaring/helping writers, who’re thinking ahead what’s in store with GPT4, 5, 6…
As previously reported, AI is getting smarter by watching videos
Self-driving trucks set new records.
I enjoyed this informative article on AI-bias.
And the brain scientists at Numenta promise about a 100x increase in AI computation with some neural inspiration. (Hint: It’s all about sparsity)
Chile is enacting the first ‘Neuroprivacy laws’. 
Expect more of these. Wildfire-smoke-detection is awesome!
And a late addition to this list: AI to help you code…more AI? Created by OpenAI (who built GPT3): https://copilot.github.com
And the Oracle Machine is on page 116, which is just 34 pages away from finishing the page-a-day publishing. Stay tuned!

TOM pg 114

After a short dialogue break, cut back to action!
(‘give TOM a piece of my mind’ being a hint of weird things to come…)

TOM pg 110

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

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…)

TOM pg 101b

The third & final Act begins at pace!

TOM page 101a

Eyes in the sky! Military drones over Cape Town’s Cape Peninsula.
With that we wrap the often-difficult Act 2, & race into the thrilling Act 3 final-explosive-spectacular showdown!