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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 pg139/150

Seems like the right page for a Friday…! Cape Town has been enjoying Burning Man type trance parties for years, since the ’90’s, though more recently we have Afrikaburn, which is modelled on the BM experience.
This is an example of the enjoyable nature of secret knowledge. Us, the audience, knows what the explosion is all about, and we enjoy seeing the party crowd catching up with what we already know.

TOM pg 137/150

Generally I found it hard to put every shot I imagined, onto the page, but for this cool sequence, I took the time…

TOM page 130/150

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 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 page 105

Everybody’s talking now… Turning up the intrigue…
And hey, hacking traffic-lights is a real thing. See the article here.
Everybody’s Talking, inspiring directors here.

TOM pg 103

Nothing quite like a careening van, for tension on the go!

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!