Director's Statement Collapse
What an intense labor of love the Dorme fantasy film has been. The film Dorme was inspired by a mesmerizing Brazilian lullaby, also by the same name, composed by multiple platinum winning musician, Arnaldo Antunes. I heard the song in a boutique and bought the CD. It sounded almost hypnotic. I lay on my bed listening to it, and the visuals and story just came to me. The melody brought to me memories of the innocence and beautiful imagination of childhood, how quickly it passes by, and how little of that is given to children these days. In this fast-paced culture, adult information is included in everything, even films intended for children. The song also reawakened my fascination with the wisdom of our sub-conscience mind and the world of dreams; that mysterious place our spirits go to play at night. Resolute to make this film happen, I was able to obtain support from generous contributors who believed in the film, and the rest I literally put my home on the line for. The story Dorme is more complex than at first one might perceive, as there is much we can discover about ourselves in the hidden symbolisms we find in our dreams, so I wove many of them into the film. I spent much time composing the shots on paper. I had wanted to keep the effects organic and real in feeling despite it being a fantasy. It took me months designing and building the sets myself, getting the costumes and raising money. The one thing, going into it, I hadn't realized was the complexity of effects I wanted. I had no way of knowing what I would need to go through, and how hard I'd need to fight to get them to turn out the way I had envisioned. There were many obstacles to overcome for something so short. I now feel confident taking on my effects intensive feature. Dorme, attracted an amazing pool of talent, including cinematographer Svetlana Cvetko, my Lead 3-D Artist Nicholas Barnes, and my editor Sharon Franklin. Truly a wonderful team. We had shot gorgeous footage, next was the effects. In order to make sure that Dorme stayed faithful to my intentions, I was intimately involved in every aspect of film production, down to the last frame; otherwise Dorme would have turned out quite differently. Simply because everyone has different ideas, some of which felt too sparkly commercial and cutesy. I wanted to stay completely away from that feeling, keeping all of the elements in the film as real and organic, while still making the visuals, breathtakingly stunning. After much searching and a couple horror stories, I found my master compositor/digital-effects wizard Steve Wright, who had the super talent to create the effects I needed and who was willing to work with me frame for frame. We did it via computer shot for shot. So with much determination, blood, sweat and tears Dorme, the dream, became a beautiful reality.