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TOM page 142/150

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

TOM page 135/150

The end (of the comic) is nigh!

TOM page 134/150

The Final Showdown! Or maybe not… (The desert-type location can be both beautiful & cost-effective* to film in!)
*Cost-effective for Cape Town productions – we have some exceptional sparse regions close by.

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 097

Professional bad guys are always scary.

TOM pg 094

The Machines are listening! I think what perhaps gives the screenplay a chilling edge, (and what makes it a good film financing investment proposition)  is that every day the storyline is actually becoming more & more plausible…

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 084

Tension builds! Drones!
(That’s the Cape Peninsula down there, in case anyone was wondering)
(And yes, the USA military does indeed have a ‘cyberthreat command centre’, known as ‘Cybercom’)

T.O.M. pg 083

Bringing the protagonist/antagonist together… and starting off fairly gently.