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It’s been a year and five months since our last blog post – truthfully, nothing much has happened to Dream Systems. It is too old now to go around the film festival circuit; it has long since stopped being shown on the music video channels; I am sure the song itself still gets radio airplay, though probably only on weekends (requested by the old-school romantics like myself).

The only updates I can give regarding Dream Systems are the following:

  • We didn’t win in Animahenasyon 2007, though being a finalist was cool enough
  • We were featured in an art exhibit in mag:net Katipunan last October 2008.  We displayed both the video itself on a projector screen and some stills from the vid.

Dream Systems - mag:net Katipunan

I don’t know if or when Dream Systems will ever be shown again – but I feel it has had a good run, and once in a while, we (the band and the crew) watch it again, like a friendly reminder of where we came from. I rewatched it recently myself, including the live shoot footage, and I felt two things: a wave of nostalgia for the past and all we’ve learned from it, and a renewed sense of respect for all things (im)possible.

Here it is again: Dream Systems, a music video by the Purplechickens and the Artist Society. Cheers!

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We’ve figured out that “accreditation” means “you can now go to Cannes; we’ll give you a badge that gets you into most of the events; see you there”. It does NOT mean “oh, your short film’s been accepted and is in competition” 😛

Actually, with this additional knowledge I don’t feel dampened at all, as the thought of being allowed to go to Cannes is pretty cool enough. Of course I’m not going (financial concerns) but everyone’s excited anyway, and we’re caught up in romantic daydreams of taking the next flight to France 😉

The list of short films in competition will be announced on May 4. See you then!

I went to Gawad CCP last night to view the animation entries, including Dream Systems. I completely forgot it was a competition until I was on my way to CCP. I was nervous.

When I got there, I ran into Aldus (Purplechickens) and his girlfriend Grace. We went into the small theater and sat expectantly.

Dream Systems was the second entry to be shown, and truth be told, I haven’t seen it again since I caught it on MTV a few months back. To look upon it with a fresh eye, I saw the mistakes we could have improved, remembered our two years of production in a flash, and felt both wistful and crazy proud. Taking an objective step back, I thought it was a good short. So yeah, now I sort of want to win 😉

The awards are tomorrow. I don’t really expect anything (or, it’s better to expect to lose). Either way, I’m proud we finished it and it looks and feels the way it does. I’m sure the other filmmakers have similar thoughts. Whatever happens, I’m glad Dream Systems turned out the way it did 🙂

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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