February 17th - 2020
COMMISSIONED COVER ART
The cover art is done! Commissioned the amazing Ben Winfield to apply his superb skills, and this is the beautiful result! Suitably surreal, with a twist of 70's film-poster inspired action-adventure.
February 17th - 2020
FEATURING CAPE TOWN
It's been great to show Cape Town
in the graphic novel. The iconic Table Mountain - surely a natural
wonder of the world - appears
quite often too.
January 25th - 2020
A.I. - A HOT TOPIC NOW!
And interest will continue to grow, as awareness grows.
Here's Yuval Harari - currently the most popular speaker on the subject - talking about it yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland:
January 24th - 2020
WHY THIS STORY IS IMPORTANT/ NUTS/ A-POTENTIAL-CULT-CLASSIC
We're hurtling towards a crazy future, and most people aren't thinking about the changes that are surely coming. This graphic novel and potential movie, are the sweet wrappers to carry forward a few big ideas:
1) that A.I. could most likely be a symbiosis of intelligence - with humans providing input/consciousness for a single united machine intelligence - the awakening of the Internet!
2) that if you look at all religions as one long continuum of evolution - of the unconscious becoming conscious, as Jung did - then it's hard not to conclude that an A.I.-Internet could effectively become the next manifestation of this.
3) that if dreams have meaning, does this not perhaps point to something within oneself, that knows you better than you do?
Fun times. ;)
January 23rd - 2020
Great news. The Oracle Machine has received its ISBN numbers for each of the 54-page parts of the novel, and for the full 164-page novel, so we're ready to publish.
We have submitted to Comixology, Amazon's amazing online comic store. Unfortunately it takes up to 3 months to find out if we've been accepted. In the mean time, we will printing some copies for local distribution. Stay tuned!
January 28th - 2020
5 MORE GRAPHIC NOVELS PRINTED
Another 5 sample B+W copies of the graphic novel have rolled off the press. One has been given to a famous local author, and others to people in the comics publishing industry, to garner opinions, and also establish a price for inking a full colour version!
January 31st - 2020
AN INTERESTING COINCIDENCE (and there were more)
"When I first started writing this, I had little idea of what an Oracle was. Later I got into Greek mythology (highly recommended), but before then, all I knew was that an Oracle answered questions. So I first called the script 'The Oracle'. Then I stupidly thought that the Oracle computer company might object, so I changed it to 'The Oracle Machine'.
And then, lo and behold, much later, I read this New Scientist article, and discovered that Alan Turing, considered by many to be the father of computer science, had imagined an ultimate computer, which he dubbed 'The Oracle Machine'! Which is a fantastic happy-stance.
There's another even bigger much more surprising coincidence with this story that I will save for another post. Cheers! - Mark"
December 12 - 2019
WHO READS FILM SCRIPTS?
Answer: Very few of us.
Even in the film industry, scripts can remain buried and unseen. Or worse, they get bought, and then changed to suit someone else's plan, or 'sat on', with nothing further happening for years.
So in an effort to get his script read by producers, and to make sure this great story is shared with futurists, dreamers and all sorts of interested humans worldwide, CapeTown filmaker Mark has created a graphic novel.
As a filmmaker, Mark also enjoys the process of drawing out his vision of the film; seeing it come to life on the page; and feeling out what works best in terms of dialogue, camera angles, and even pace and editing.
Now, after 2 years of drawing, as of January 15th 2020, the 156-page black & white book is finished!
December 10th - 2019
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
This highly-original Sci-Fi story is set in Cape Town, and stars Lena, a young woman haunted by a strange dream. When she steals a new computer to tackle the riddle of the dream, it unleashes events beyond imagination.
The Oracle Machine story mixes the esoteric with the rational - eros and logos - where dreams meet machines. Embedded in the story, are challenges to readers and viewers to think:
• What happens when the Internet can think like us, but faster than us?
• What is the Singularity about?
• How might it look?
This is the zeitgeist - the spirit of our times!
December 12th, 2019
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY
• Read some key stories on tech's unstoppable rise. www.Facebook.com/TheOracleMachineMovie
• Mark has been working on this story literally for years.
Early attempts at bringing it to life: TheOracleMachine.wordpress.com
January 18th - 2020
INFLUENCERS & INSPIRERS
1: Carl Jung (the other Einstein)
2: Edward Edinger (look him up)
And in no particular order:
Ray Kurzweil, Aldous Huxley, Yuval Harari (for his speeches, avoided his books), James Lovelock, Asimov, William Gibson, H. Rider Haggard (for She), Herge, Ian McCallum, Bradbury, Philip K Dick, Bob Dylan ;) ... and more.
January 15th - 2020
5 GRAPHIC NOVELS PRINTED
The first B+W copies of the graphic novel have rolled off the press. One has been given to a local film producer, and another sent to an international producer.
December 10th, 2019
CAN THIS BECOME A FILM?
Mark hopes he is no spark in the dark. He does have some solid experience in film-making - from short films to documentary work - and in June 2018, he launched his first independent feature, called
Written/Filmed/Produced/Funded/Directed/Edited by Mark.