I had a dream about filmmaking…
Below is a post I put up at IndieClub. Gonna share it with you now.
I can’t sleep so I’ll tell the story of a dream I had today.
This isn’t the first time I’ve dreamed about making movies, and I mean literally dreamed, not “I dream of going to Hollywood and becoming a rich and powerful movie director”.
This morning I dreamed I was working on a movie. I was directing it and it was some kind of psychological thriller. I kept getting nervous and frustrated though because I couldn’t concentrate on the set (which was inside a house) because we had to keep worrying about the vampires outside the house who might try to get in.
So I remember I was trying to shoot something in a bedroom. I was on the floor leaning against the end of the bed holding the camera down low and tilting up to the actress who walks into the room. So I’m trying to do this, but even though it is night, for some reason really strong moonlight is shining through the window curtains.
So I asked some asian girl who doesn’t exist in real life to cover it with a french flag which she does. She rests it against the curtain and some light still spills through, but it’s not so bad.
I guess I decided the best place to put a light was above the bed, but I GUESS I WAS TOO LAZY TO SET IT UP?… Because I had someone stand on the bed, lean against the wall and just hold a 650 watt in their bare hands…
At some point it’s just pitch black in the room (dunno why) which was scary… and all of a sudden the moonlight spills through again. So I look at the girl angrily and she had opened the window because she was hot.
So finally we get things in order and the actress walks into the shot during the rehearsal and all of a sudden I hear this guy speaking Chinese in an echoed voice. Now I am totally confused. I look on the bed and there is this picture of some Chinese Emperor. Somehow I can understand that voice which belongs to a floating spirit talking to the Chinese guy in the picture and he’s yelling at hin how he finally found him and they are going to duel. They talk in this melodramatic style like the Asian melodramas I used to watch when I was a kid. God, they were boring. So these spirit voices are arguing now in the bedroom.
So I’m like, oh great. Now there are spirits in the house. I am never going to shoot this picture. Then I have a flashback of a scene I had previously shot, I guess, but it is all edited and whatnot. It’s the same actress (by the way, this is the real life actress who will star in my 80s musical) and she is in a bathtub immersed in the water, but she is wearing a towel and a towel on her head too.
I remember feeling very anxious because we were sort of in danger due to what was outside, but I was trying to shrug it off and maintain a professional shoot.
I think there was banging on the doors by the pesky vampires outside and… that’s all I can remember.
Oh, and once when I was DP’ing a movie in Mexico (in real life) I slept in the director’s room in his bed and he slept on the floor. One night I had a dream that he did something really stupid and I was screaming at him. Finally I let out this big scream that was so long and fervent that I actually screamed in real life and woke myself up. Well, in real life, it wasn’t so much a scream as it was an “uuhh”. Haha. It was funny.