March 28, 2015

This Surreal Supercut Shows How Cinema Brings Our Wildest & Strangest Dreams to Life

I'm not sure about you guys, but I'm attracted to filmmaking because it's a medium through which anything is possible. Sure, you can tell well-crafted stories with strong images and impactful sound. You can make didactic documentaries or awe-inspiring actions flicks, side-splitting comedies and tear-jerking tragedies. But the real power of cinema is in its ability to convey things which no other artistic medium conceivably can. It's a medium which allows us to directly translate every odd concoction of the human mind - whether conscious or deeply embedded within our dreams - into a tangible artistic format that can be shared with the world. 

This distinctly surreal supercut from Dreamscience reminded me of that potential, the power for cinema to bring even the most absurd and batshit crazy dreams to life.

In the words of that random dude from Waking Life"Hey, are you a dreamer? I haven’t seen too many around lately. Things have been tough lately for dreamers. They say dreaming is dead, no one does it anymore. It’s not dead it’s just that it’s been forgotten, removed from our language. Nobody teaches it so nobody knows it exists. The dreamer is banished to obscurity. Well, I’m trying to change all that, and I hope you are too. By dreaming, every day. Dreaming with our hands and dreaming with our minds. Our planet is facing the greatest problems it’s ever faced, ever. So whatever you do, don’t be bored, this is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting."     

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Great post. Thanks Robert.

I really admire those directors who are able to take dream worlds/hyper realities and mesh them seamlessly with reality to significantly heighten a moment or sequence. I think it's a lot harder to do well than it looks - one key seems to be the transition point, the device used as the gateway they cross through. Beyond shot selection and Kevin Spacey dreaming...it's the petals that bridges the two worlds so well. Danny Boyle's Trainspotting comes to mind - the classic toilet scene and falling through the floor. Tim Burton's BIg Fish. I'm sure the list is enormous. Love to hear other people's favourites scene's with these kinds of transitions if anyone can be bothered. Make for a great video essay.

March 29, 2015 at 3:49AM

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