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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.

Cheers!

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Almost the end… (‘beautiful end, my friend’ as sung by The Doors)

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At the risk of stating the obvious, seems to me that shared (& often secret) experiences are at the heart of relationships. (Hey, maybe some of us forget that sometimes?)

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After our protagonists’ glimpse across the universe, normality returns.
(But will things ever be the same?)

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My other favourite page. I don’t think it’s a particularly expensive VFX shot. It’s a low budget movie. Plus even a low budget goes a long, long way in Cape Town (and a filmmaker like me has a little experience in stretching a budget..)

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Because a ‘grand-ideas’ screenplay needs a grand ending!

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Conceiving the inconceivable… (My favourite page)

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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…

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

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I’ve always liked the idea of something secret & magical happening, whilst time has stopped for everyone else. (I think audiences like it too – like being let in on a secret, when no one else is looking…)
I’ve played with that idea in my early 16mm film experiments – this I made in about 2002.