Yes, I’m late to the Inception party and I will punish myself later for taking so long to see it. Yea that’s right… he’s gonna talk about dreams.
See I’m proper into dreams. Every night I have 2-3 dreams that I remember in full and absolute clarity. I remember the objects, the “plot”, the emotion, the time and setting. The whole thing is recorded. I wake up and spend a few minutes digesting and deconstructing them. It’s jolly fun and I’ve considered for years about writing them up as a daily blog or converting the best into games – but, and this is where I’ve recently become a bit hippie-ish, I don’t think I’d like to commercialise or “sell” them. I wouldn’t want them to (potentially) create such an impact. The only time I did this was for the New Sam remake in 2003/4 and even then Sam was already alive and still only played an ancillary role. Overall the dreams are great fun and adventurous, usually creative though grounded heavily in reality and mostly centred around giant location-based plot pieces.
Inception grasps the concept of dreams perfectly. External stimuli that usually wakes me up will appear momentarily in dreams. I distinctly remember the ending to one dream where my phone was ringing, I apologised to those around me and woke up to the alarm I set on my phone. The contraction (or dilation, depending on the POV) of time is also present. In a half an hour sleep I would have departed on a lengthy adventure, got home, wrote a book about it and sold on the movie rights to Christopher Nolan.
I had one lucid dream, or at least one where I had utter control-
My girlfriend and I were travelling through England and Scotland, we reached the shore that faced Mull (a Scottish island). I told my girlfriend that a danger was following me and that she should go home. I forced her to leave and I travelled to the island. There I met up with Inspector Gadget (yeah…) and we hid inside an empty castle. A helicopter gunship circled the building. We escaped out the back and ran towards a hangar. A man with a hammer for an arm chased us. By this point I was fed up with hiding so I said “it’s time to stop”.
As soon as I said that it was like watching a film being recorded and then cut. Cameramen pulled away, a whistle blew, the extras started talking to each other and walking away. At this point I told myself “smashing, it’s a lucid dream” and flew off into the sky. Then I woke up.
I’m unsure what level of lucidity I have in dreams. Maybe there’s a scale? I believe in that dream I was in full control. As panic was setting in I made the decision to take control. In other dreams, as they shift into becoming nightmares, I’ve learnt how to notice the warning signs and I stop them before they can get scary by trying to wake myself up. Generally I accept dreams and the paths they take me on. I’m usually fully aware that I am dreaming but I never give myself the control to alter the events.
One tip for doing this that I rely fully upon is the reality of the situation. Am I ever going to be perched ontop of an impossibly thin tower? Are we ever going to see pyramids and cyberpunk culture fused together in Benidorm? Am I ever going to leap over houses in southern Poland? Answers: Hell no to all 3 but with additional frowning faces on the last 2. Let’s have 2 more;
In early 2002 I had a dream that I met a girl at a place of education, or a library of some sort. We could wear our own clothes (all my schools had uniforms) and I was 16, planning to leave school and go into a job so I don’t know why I dreamt this. I followed the girl around. We ran around a fountain and through a carpark. Then she followed me. I dreamt of her exact appearance and clothes. Then we never saw each other again.
6 months later, on a whim one morning, I decided, selected and enrolled at a college. No planning involved and college had already started 2 weeks prior. I decided on one college that just 1 friend was attending, on a design course. I was sat in the registration room nervous as hell on my first day, all of a sudden she walked in. The literal girl of my dreams. The same looks, the same clothes. 8 years later and we’re still together. But just 1 week after starting college my father was offered a job abroad so we went to scope it out. Again… living up to the dream. (I’m a man of logic so I don’t believe I predicted or created the future or anything, I just think of it as an impossible coincidence)
In 2001 I had a dream that I was sat on the upstairs section of an open top bus riding through town – only one side of the road had shops and buildings, the other side was an expansive plain with faded mountains dotted the horizon. A solo mountain stood out, it was perfectly straight with a ledge hanging over the top, like an upside down L. Water dropped off the peak all those miles away yet somehow they fell on my face. It was the most frightening dream I ever had.
I used that in Lunnye for the raining tower on the left. See… ended on a game connection. Cool huh.