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T.O.M. pg 079

Last page of my mid-movie metaphysical musings!
(I think it’s territory where big studios, like Disney+, can’t tread, so why not lean into it more?)
One guy talking isn’t the most exciting thing to watch visually, so likely in any final edit, this would be slimmed right down. I prefer to over-write, and edit later, than risk being stuck grasping for more material in the edit room.

T.O.M. pg 078

Not crucial to the storyline, but a ‘fun’ philosophical interlude, coming right in the middle of the screenplay. Shouldn’t we be discussing big/crazy ideas in non-studio fiction films? (As mentioned yesterday, this was inspired by Godard’s interlude in ‘Breathless’)

T.O.M. pg 077


One huge advantage of ‘underground’ movies, is they can go places that studios (such as Disney+) would surely be frightened to enter? So why not lean into that?  
Plus A.I. is The Philosophical Issue of our time. So surely a huge & growing audience for conversations like this? 
(In terms of pacing, inspiration came from Godard’s classic ‘À bout de Souffle’, which grants a few minutes in the middle of the movie to an important & mentally-nourishing philosophical interlude)

T.O.M. page 076

‘It’s just evolution in action, I tell you!’ (Nobody panic)

T.O.M. pg 075

Talking on phones isn’t particularly visually exciting, so best to keep it short & snappy. And hey, page 075 – we’re halfway through! Plenty of action coming soon.

T.O.M. page 074

It’s fun to add depth, for those who want to go swimming… And low-budget film scripts like this, that aspire to cult-movie status, can go places where more main-stream movies might flounder. This is a major selling-point. So…
There’s much to ponder about the ouroboros/uroboros – the most ancient of symbols, which signifies eternity, and lent itself to the mathematical concept of infinity (still just a concept). 
A point of infinity is a singularity, as supposedly found in black holes, but which shares its name and much of the concept with the technological singularity, when tech advancement accelerates so fast as to be effectively infinite in growth. 
When Biblical mythology is viewed through the lens of depth psychology, ‘eats of its own flesh and blood’ can be considered as an ‘assimilation of the opposite, from which comes the one’, linking it to a jump in consciousness. (Edward F. Edinger wrote much about this in his brilliant “Creation of Consciousness’)
My point is, mythology suggests a jump in consciousness is coming, and the tech singularity could likely fulfil this. 
Whew! Okay back to the script/webcomic.

T.O.M. pg 073

Of course cameras don’t really ‘click’ anymore, so I might have to update that frame… 

T.O.M. pg 072

Finally, a scene without dialogue… (The setting is Sea Point, and that’s Lion’s Head mountain in the background. Cape Town is a stunning movie location, especially when it’s starring as Cape Town; not doubling as some other foreign locale)

T.O.M. pg 071

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

T.O.M. pg 070

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)