I’m in a hot, noisy Internet cafe near Taft Avenue. Owel sent me an e-mail with a link to his friend’s blog. His friend saw Dream Systems in Bigskymind and posted about it.

Owel told me I would love the post and I feel more than that – it blew me away. He (I’m assuming he?) showered us with love. I can’t repeat it here – but read it. He even posted a huge collage of our frames. I’m dumbstruck.

This is why we do what we do. (Or why we did what we did.) Sure, there are easier ways of doing an animated video. It might even turn out prettier, cleaner, and definitely faster! But we do what we do because we want to make a difference. And it’s not the public, award-winning “We’re famous!” kind of difference. (Though awards would be nice.) It’s the personal, private, “I saw something and it hurt me in all the right places” difference. It’s what I feel everytime I get to see the video again.

Sometimes I wonder if Dream Systems would be the hit that it was if we had finished it in three months’ time, that people appreciate this just because it took so long. Maybe that’s true for them, but it isn’t for me. At the heart of Dream Systems is a story, a painful one, one that makes me choke up each time (even in public!). It’s a story of impossible love. And I’ve been there, and a lot of people have been there, and I think that’s what makes the video great. The medium isn’t the message. But the medium makes the pain more beautiful.

I’m not making sense. Boy, it’s noisy here! To Owel’s friend – thank you. I’m really glad you liked it. And believe me, I’m the one who’s starstruck by people like you who like what we’ve made 🙂 Thank you!

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