‘Singular’ is an epic adventure television series that explores the impact technology will have on the future of our planet and how it will shape the evolution of our human race. Strictly speaking, it is an adventure drama with sci-fi/fantasy elements that takes place from 2021 - 2045 A.D. The first season is set on the fictitious Caribbean island of San Pedro, a nation fast becoming a regional powerhouse as an unprecedented technological revolution sweeps over the world.
‘Singular’ is intended to break new ground as far as adventure drama and even sci-fi/fantasy goes, much like “The Wire” broke new ground with the cop show genre. It will largely achieve this because of its universal themes dealing with the human condition, seen through an existentialist spectrum dealing with individual identity on the one end- “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”- and human kind as an interconnected race of beings on the other end, “Hey, we're all in this together”. It will use a diverse cast of characters from various socioeconomic backgrounds and geographical locations to create a multi-layered tapestry in which to explore these themes.
Mystery, intrigue and action will create the adventure, while the characters and their interactions with one another will create the drama. There will not be an over reliance on sci-fi or fantasy elements, which will serve only as accents that propel the theme of ‘Singular’ forward. Each story arc ultimately gravitates toward one common feature, The Singularity, a theoretical event set to take place in 2045 A.D., where humans achieve a 'superintelligence'- an understanding of all things- by merging with an as yet undiscovered type of technology. Throughout the course of the show, we will explore various mechanisms that will aid in the creation of this advancement- artificial intelligence, robotics and genetics to name a few- as well as the concept of decentralization, the process of redistributing or dispersing people and power away from a centralized location, authority or manner, to create a new international economic and technological paradigm.
Each season of ‘Singular’ will take place in a different part of the world in a different time. Each season will also exist as a stand-alone journey that takes us closer to the The Singularity. Some characters may progress to the following season due to continuity but most characters will have their stories resolved in a single season. Each season will tackle a portion of the overall theme, and story arcs contained in single seasons will contribute to the overall whole of the series- the examination of our identity as individuals and as part of a collective- as we approach The Singularity.
The style of the show can be called 'deliberate fantastical realism', meaning the story will progress as it would in the real-world until suddenly extraordinary or fantastical events occur, such as a drone attack downtown or a multi-dimensional being showing up in a very matter-of-fact manner. It will require a deliberate orchestration of five filmmaking elements- lighting composition, camera movement, performance, sound design and music composition. These five elements will be devised in such a manner to reinforce one another for the purpose of maximizing the effects of the theme, which also intends to have the added bonus of making the experience for the audience more impactful. ‘Singular’ will be shot with a digital camera of quality no less than Sony's CineAlta PMW-F55 with Panavision Primo, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo lenses. Under no circumstances shall any hand-held movements be employed. Any and all camera movement, when not completely locked down, will be graceful, subtle or- if fast and ferocious- very deliberate. The camera will react to the events and actions as if it is alive, utilizing a complete 360-degree sphere of observation/participation with its object of focus. Drone photography will also be utilized.
More than just an exercise of stylized, dynamic television, ‘Singular’ exists for a greater purpose. We aim to answer the age-old questions that have inspired and haunted the human race forever, “What happens when we die?”, “How was the Universe created?”, “Is there a God?”, “Are we alone?” We will tackle these questions from a premise that there is no such thing as 'the unknown'. Anything and everything is explainable through- not just science- but a deeper understanding. ‘Singular’ will ask these hard, seemingly unanswerable questions, and over the course of the show unfold their answers. Most pertinent to ‘Singular’s’ purpose will be answering the most important question of all, “Where do we go from here?” Antiquated behaviors and power structures from the mindset of the 19th century human are depleting our planet's natural resources at unsustainable levels and manipulating its international markets toward chaos and demise. But in the midst of this organized ignorance a new paradigm is forming. New technologies and new ways of thinking are giving birth to new “-isms” that will propel us into The Singularity, where Homo sapien will be transformed into the next level of human evolution- Homo transcendus.