Since I've been enjoying catching up on zombie-splatting in The Walking Dead, I'm particularly excited by the news that Gale Anne Hurd (producer of The Walking Dead and Terminator among many other things) is spearheading a new TV series, this time based on dreaming.
"Falling Water" is going to be based on the premise of shared dreams. The three main characters will realise that they are dreaming different parts of the same dream and that while their dreams have implications for them, they also impact the wider world. They all have their parts to play.
Co-written by the late Henry Bromell and Blake Masters, it was picked up by USA and will star David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6), Will Yun Lee (Hawaii 5-0) and Lizzie Brochere (American Horror Story: Asylum).
Jackie de Crinis, USA's executive VP of original series said: “People have always been fascinated by the subconscious and ‘Falling Water’ explores that topic in very unique and unexpected ways ... In this story, the immensely talented and prolific storytellers, Blake and Henry, have created an innovative thriller and compelling vehicle to bring the subject of dreams to television.”
She also said they were captivated by the pilot episode's exploration of the dream world.
Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment added: “Today’s world demands shows that both challenge and reward the audience in spectacular ways. ‘Falling Water’ is the type of show that can move the needle of popular culture with its thrilling exploration of the dark side of the mind.”
I do think that dreams are captivating, but it can be difficult to recreate an engaging dream sequence. I think one of the best, however, appears in the Walking Dead where Michonne happily slides her sword all the way into a knife block in her kitchen, the first sign that this is not just flashback to her past but a dream. It's subtle and so very effective. I'm interested to see what this creative team does with Falling Water.
Dean's Dream Journal
As a dark fiction author, I like to take some inspiration from my dreams.
"How to Remember Your Dreams" is short and sweet and will help you with:
It will scrub your nightly movie screen and give you not only a front row seat, but a starring role.
It's available on Amazon.