Dream Recall: Vimeo Weekend Challenge by Nick Vega & Mark Pulaski on Vimeo. The director says, “Visualized from this account of a dream from one of my crew members. With some creative liberties taken, of course.”
The Feeling Is the Core.
One of the most important elements of any dream is the heightened absence of feeling where there should be some and/or the heightened presence of feeling with regards a situation, an entity (person, animal, or being) or place. The core of any dream lays on the emotions and feelings we have in them, especially those negative. It can be those feelings and emotions that we consciously feel in our waking life that move into the dream realm as we close our eyes, but also those that are submerged in the core of our being, equally intense, that we don’t express and of which we aren’t always conscious in waking life.
The Story is Not the Dream.
Dream recall is not a mathematic rendering of our dreams. It seems obvious, but we rarely stop to acknowledge this fact. Dreams have a sui-generis narrative, if narrative at all. Some are like haiku lines. Others are like long metaphorical poems. Others are hyper-realistic adventures with organic narratives. Thus, upon waking up, we may remember the last fragment of a dream, two parts of the same dream with some void in between or two complete detailed dreams. Whatever the case might be, that storyline is not our dream. We can improve our dream recall volume and detail. Yet, we dream for hours at night and barely remember a few snippets of one or several dreams, Those we remember are rarely perfect stories.
This is a little clever film. I really like any film that portraits people’s real dreams, especially when they are mundane and capture essential dream elements. One of the virtues of this short film is that really shows how dream recall really works and the lack clarity about where or with whom w were that we get at times. In a way, we make up the story upon waking up as the character in the film does, by telling it. We re-call it and not all of it comes forward. Another virtue of this short is that the makers didn’t turn an incomplete story into a complete neat and consciously fitting story and did a stupendous rendering of what the real dream was.
I love the mention to the dreamer’s feeling. In the film, the dreamer wakes up at the moment of highest intensity of feeling. That’s rarely by chance. It could be that somebody or something is waking the dreamer up (a partner, an alarm, a pet, an abrupt noise), but most commonly it is just the conscious part of the dreamer rejecting the experience as painful and waking up. If uninterrupted, the dreamer could have woken up a minute later, right? The fact that it did not is very revealing. This is the point where the dream practitioner digs in and takes you back.