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Dreams of Lucasfilm and BSG
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Jarrod
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Does anyone here do dream analysis stuff?

 

I had two pretty cool dreams last night.  I don't remember too much about them, but in the first, I was working at Skywalker Ranch.  Which was extremely wonderful.  I think I was put on as a writer or something, and I was outside with another guy.  The other guy was going over some of the history behind Skywalker Ranch and the Lucasfilm properties.  He was showing me a heap of props.  To the western side, there were a heap of Star Wars helmets in a paddock, and to the eastern side there were some really large props.  I can't remember what they were, but they looked kind-of mechanical... maybe even an AT-ST was standing there.  Walking over to the eastern side, I suddenly thought I should cal some of my friends to basically boast about where I was, and what I was doing, but decided that would be pretty petty and vain, and that I should wait until I finished my 3 month probation first (so I guess I had only recently got the job).

 

The other guy then encouraged me to go back to the helmets, and just take a look around for inspiration, to get the creative juices flowing.  I saw a couple of red helmets that were variations of Imperial Guards helmets (although not exact matches in reality), and another helmet, perhaps a storm trooper helmet, that was damaged.  It had a hole in the top of it, and was a really thin plastic, like cheap masks you can buy for kids.  I thought that someone had taken bites out of it, and that it was a bit of a shame.  That said, I was hungry, and couldn't resist taking a bite of the helmet as well - I thought no-one would notice, though I did feel a little bad that I'd just taken a nibble from such esteemed property.

 

Then I woke up, moved around a bit, and went back to sleep.  I guess I was hungry.

 

In the second dream, I was a writer on Battlestar Galactica, and I had just made myself some sandwiches for lunch.  I rested a script on the plate with the sandwiches, and walked 'back' into a meeting room.  Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama and the guy who plays Colonel Tigh was there, with some others who I can't remember, and they were dressed in their BSG uniforms.  I put my plate down on the large table.  Adama/Olmos said that he was hungry, and he might go across the road to get some lunch.  Tigh said that was a great idea.  Adama/Olmos asked me if I wanted to come as well.  I started off saying I'd just made some lunch, but thought it'd be much better to have lunch with them, and I was pretty chuffed to be invited along, so I said that I'd be happy to do whatever they wanted to do.  The three of us exited a side door, which lead outside.  It was pretty busy outside, and we started walking across the road to a cafe/pub.  I think Adama/Olmos unbottoned the first couple of buttons of his uniform as we were walking.  He was in the lead, followed by Tigh, and then me.

 

And that's it, that's all I remember.  I had a pretty crumby weekend, and sometimes I have 'wish fulfilment' dreams when things are pretty low, I guess as an internal pick-me-up.  I'm wondering whether these are subconscious pep-talks of encouragment, or whether there's symbolism there I should be paying attention to, or even if (to get all 'New Age'-y) they are encouragment from the Universe not to give up on one's dreams.

 

What's your take on these, or on dreams in general?  Random unsyncopated neural flashes?  Messages from the Gods?  Paths to our inner psyche?

 

(PS: I sent an email to Edward James Olmos, and he [or perhaps his assistant, admittedly] was very nice and well-spoken in their reply.  He seems like a very nice guy.)

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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It's funny that you dreamed about both Star Wars and BSG from a real-world perspective, and not as if you were a part of that fiction. That in itself is amusing and fascinating. I would be much more prone to have dreams about flying my own Death Star or getting smoke blown in my face by that crusty doctor on Galactica.

Maybe, if anything, your dreams are a sign that some position has opened up on the writing team for Caprica? Or whatever garbage Lucasfilm is working on.

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Haha, yes.

 

Despite the Freudian reference, Jen you must be opting for the random electrical impulse theory of dreaming, yeah?

 

Yeah, xtal, I too usually have pretty fantastical dreams that have little bearing in the real world.  So, if I've become psychic and discovered two writer positions that have opened up...  well, what does one do with such knowledge?  Steerpike, your brother writes books and movies doesn't he?  Maybe he could get a job with BSG/Cap or Lucasfilm.

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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I do think there's something to dream interpretation, but I don't know anything about the symbolism of it. My more vivid dreams are usually in the way of nightmares, like watching someone I love die violently or <shudder> finding myself forced to move back to L.A.

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My worst dreams are when I'm smoking again, and packing shelves again at my (then) local supermarket.  Usually I'm smoking when I'm on a break there.  Horrid, horrid stuff.  Not as immediately traumatic as watching a loved one die, though... that would be horrible.

 

As mentioned, I usually have pretty fantastical dreams.  I had one a while back where I had my three super powers (ie Doomsday's reincarnation where you come back stronger than whatever killed you; teleportation; and telekinesis).  It was dusk, and I could see a small group of people running along platforms that connected the smooth tops of these floating mountains.  One had a golden ziggurat on it, which was what they were heading for.

 

Behind them, I could see vampires giving chase.  I knew that the people were heading to the ziggurat and the safety of consecrated land, but that they wouldn't make it.  One vampire was ridiculously fast, and catching up to them.

 

Into action I went, appearing right in front of the leading vampire.  He brought a hand up, to use his own telekinesis to push me to the ground.  I could feel a weak pull, but raised my hand to blast him backwards.  He brought up his other, trying to resist with both hands against my one.  I felt supremely confident then, and raised my left hand, and broke through his defenses, pinning him to the ground.

 

I lept onto the vampire's chest, driving as knee in as I did so, and physically ripped out his fangs.  I didn't have a stake, so I just started ripping his chest apart with my bare hands.  I pulled out his heart, which was still beating, and the vampire struggled feebly.  Fortunately nearby there was a small stick.  I snatched it up, and ran it through the vampire's heart, turning him and his heart to dust.

 

And then I woke up.  But it was a very satisfying dream.  When I do fight in dreams, I'm either kicking ass, or getting mine kicked.  The ass-kickage seems to be at polar extremes, unfortunately.

 

Anyone else have 'super hero' dreams?

 

Actually, despite the details some of my dreams get into, if I have a long day playing a computer game, or a table-top RPG, I usually dream about playing those games... not actually being in them.  Back in the old days, the computer screen would just seem to hover over me until the next day.

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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I only have schlemiel dreams. Wanna trade?

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I remember one time some friends and I had a drunken, four-player co-op splitscreen weekend of Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2. After, like, eight straight hours of playing we stumbled off to sleep and everything in my dreams was through an optical scope. Even normal stuff, like brushing my teeth. Oh, and my back hurt. But that wasn't a dream, it was real. Because it's a very tense game and your muscles kind of clench up.

 

I very rarely have dreams with a good sequential storyline, and I love it when I do. For a while I was on some nausea medication that warned it could "disrupt dreams." For me, what it did was make my dreams much more solid and accessible, with logical narratives that I greatly enjoyed. 

 

I hear nicotine patches can do that too.

 

I don't think it's random neuron firing, I think it's more the brain defragging and patching its software based on recent experiences. Last night, in my hotel room in Texas, I dreamed that I couldn't sleep. Which was both ironic and unpleasant.

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haha - reminds me of a short film I just saw about a guy who suffers from FPS-itis...

 

I watched Tron Legacy on Saturday night, then went home a drempt about watching it that night and last night, although other guest stars made appearances too.  For some reason, Steve Carrell was Tron's inept boss, and John Goodman was in there, reprising his role from The Big Lebowski, but in a black and yellow-glowing suit.  I may have been influenced by Rampaged Reality (http://rampagedreality.com/) pictures, though.

 

I think sequential storylines often are missing in my dreams too, Steerpike.  Maybe the brain is just defragging.  I wonder if dreams always existed, or if they evolved...  perhaps the people with dreams had some evolutionary benefit over those without, and survived longer?

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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