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The Dream is Dead

I must apologize for the slightly misleading headline which was shamelessly intended to simply get your attention.

This is another Olive film update of sorts, with again, not really much to tell you about as far as actual, real progress.  I’m still waiting to hear back from my last correspondence with The Big Fish–I’m not sure when I can hope for a reply, though hopefully before too long as the silence is deafening.

In the meantime I’ve continued working on an outline of the film, including completely new intro and ending scenes. The character bible continues to grow, with new and rich characters not seen in the books. Each day that I add something to the outline of the film, I grow more confident in the viability of the eventual film’s success. This leads me to one very important bit of news worth mentioning that comes not in the form of any actual, tangible progress, rather a philosophical approach to the whole project.

I came to the realization that referring to the project as a dream detracts from the realistic possibiity of it actually happening. While that may be a personal issue, it’s an important one. I need to start seeing this thing as an eventual reality rather than a fantasy.

If one looks at the definition of the word, ‘dream’, we see the following (thanks to Merriam-Webster)

1. A series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep — compare rem sleep
2. An experience of waking life having the characteristics of a dream: as a : a visionary creation of the imagination : daydream b : a state of mind marked by abstraction or release from reality : reverie c : an object seen in a dreamlike state : vision
3 . Something notable for its beauty, excellence, or enjoyable quality <the new car is a dream to operate>
4. a : a strongly desired goal or purpose <a dream of becoming president> b : something that fully satisfies a wish : ideal <a meal that was a gourmet’s dream>
As pertaining to the above definitions, there’s ample reason as to why I’m no longer calling this a dream:
1. The idea did not hit me during my sleep. In fact, the original concept for the story of Olive the woolly bugger came to me while mowing the lawn.
2. My concept for the film may be a visionary creation, but the reference to abstraction or ‘released from reality’ suggests the impossible. The film, while it may require considerable alignment of the stars to come together, is far from an impossibility.
3. OK, you got me there. The film will be something of beauty, excellence and enjoyable quality. If it succeeds, maybe I’ll even be able to buy a new car that will be a dream to operate.
4. OK, you got me there, again. It is a strongly desired goal of mine to get this film made.
2 out of 4 ain’t bad.
And so, the dream–while perhaps not “dead”– has been replaced by “goal”.
Stay tuned. In the meantime, can anyone make me a goal catcher?


  1. Vivian Kirkfield

    Hi Kirk,
    You certainly did get my attention…that was a well-crafted headline. 🙂 I’ll have to keep it in mind.
    Determination and tenacity…two traits you will need in abundance on this journey…I’m pretty sure you have them.
    Best of luck!

    • Kirk Werner

      Thanks, Vivian. Like Olive, I shall persevere until the Big Fish has been landed! I appreciate the good thoughts.

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