A number of years ago, I read a Boing Boing article—I think it was Boing Boing—that blew my mind. It was about technology that could take input from a dream and create a rudimentary image from it. Thus, I took that idea and filed it away, knowing it would make for a great premise once I figured out how to make the dreams in the story matter. This had to be sometime before 2010 because I saw Inception soon after and thought, “Ah-ha! That’s how it’s done.”
An even larger inspiration was the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune.
It was about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed attempt to film Dune. The project collapsed because his dream was too damn big. The film’s budget was going to be larger than the GDP of most mid-sized countries. On top of that, the tech to film it didn’t even exist. The movie became the stuff of film legend. Without the collapse of the Dune project, we wouldn’t have gotten David Lynch’s Dune—which I love though I might be the only one—or Alien, my favorite movie of all time.
A thought entered my mind. What if Jodorowsky’s vision of the movie was attempted today? What if it got the budget it needed to see the project to completion? What if someone recorded their lucid dreams and did the project for almost nothing? It was like a spark lit a pool of oil on fire. I couldn’t stop thinking about the idea. Dreaming Alejandro had been born.