Dreams are beautiful and in my opinion, meaningful. Most people disregard their dreams as “nothing” or “unknowable”, however, I want to inspire people to evaluate their dreams. This is because my experiences, as well as reading such things as “Man and His Symbols”, by C.G. Jung, have increased my awareness of the importance of this phenomenon. Jung is a great resource for the symbolic significance of dreams and information gleaned from unconscious states. He’s not a “well, your teeth are falling out because—“ kind of guy. Instead, he’s a “humans have been doing this for way too long for it to be taken so lightly, so figure out what your mind is showing you” kind of dude, among many other things.
“So, I have an idea…”
If you have ever worked on a project with me, you will recognize that phrase. It is the start to something either terrible or profound. For the past six years, I’ve been working on film and video in the areas of writing, directing, camera operating, editing, sound design, and acting. Recently, I have shifted my focus to the sonic aspect of film. This has lead to more music (scoring) evaluation and experimentation. Of course, it helps when your husband is a musical genius (he might cringe at this description, but I will always believe it). Pasithea is one of our most recent pieces, and it has an interesting story that makes this project so special to me.
A little over a year ago I was asked to make a video to the song A Head Full of Dreams by Coldplay for an event. I love music videos because they are short, you can get away with almost anything, and they are SO much fun to do. I went to iParty and Walmart for props, took some mirrors from my parent’s house, and asked my friends to put on some freaky DIY costumes. We ran around in a field dodging snakes, cows, blinding sun rays and a storm at the same time (Florida, you rock!). I’m not kidding, we waited until the clouds blocked the sun enough and filmed as much as we could before everything got blown out again. Even the built in ND filters in the Canon C-100 couldn’t help. I’m obsessed with behind the scenes footage of major films so I appreciate the sometimes painstaking process of “getting the shot”. It’s why I do what I do.
The event came and went so we uploaded the music video to Youtube. Three months of waiting for approval led to us being denied (yay copyright laws). It basically disappeared off our radar after that. Recently, Ryan and I have been brainstorming new creative projects. We remembered this video and how it was never given a chance to be great. I love the story, imagery, and imagination of it all; I felt that it needed to become ours to truly come to life. We spent a few hours watching it over and over again on mute, describing each emotional change and how the music could pair with it. I didn’t want a typical sounding pop song, so we went for a slightly more cinematic feeling. I love the imagery and soundtrack from 300 so we kept that in mind for the beginning. This is the second song that I’ve had the honor of writing lyrics and performing (Birds In A Cage is the first) and I am so in awe of Ryan’s ability to create what I would call seemingly transcendental music in record time. Through the editing process, I usually watch my videos so much that the magic seems to wear off, so I go corner my friends and family for feedback. Pasithea is one that I can’t seem to get sick of and trust me I’ve probably watched it 100 times.
Our brains are wonderful, inconceivably complex organs. The more you allow your mind to expand to new ways of living and thinking, the richer your life may become. Dreams very well could be a key to that, and so is art and expression. So go, don’t let anything hold you back from allowing the creative juices (gross) to flow, but especially, create art that has meaning, even if it only means something to you.
Behind the scenes on Pasithea shoot