How Big Can I Dream

    I just realized this whole chat thing can be time-synched. So, even when I'm not on, feel free to talk with me about something. That said, the inherent temporality of Twitter does lend itself to a more real-time chat. So, make of it what you will.

    Anyway, I've got something on my mind: I dream big, sprawling sci-fi/fantasy dreams. That's why I started writing in the first place. That's why I started writing by writing novels. The limits of the worlds I created was only limited by my imagination. But it turns out my writing style lends itself to writing screenplays more novel writing. That's the tough part.

    Now, my imagination is limited by what I can visually make real. I can type "Oni's auto flies a constant 10 meters above the ground passing over the Arizona desert at speeds that leave the outside little more than a blur until the blur melds from desert orange to the concrete grays of Long Beach."

    That cost me 1 minute. But to make that a movie would probably cost more than #ALGORITHM's entire budget, including post-production and promotion. That reality leaves me with the question of relegating my dreams to what I can make with next to no money or scurrying about and pandering to rich people with limited artistic taste so they'll invest in my dreams, with expectations of quantifiable monetary returns. That limits the reach and quality of my dreams.

    I am toying with a sequel to ALGORITHM, but it requires way more work, and a much larger budget than ALGORITHM had. And, to put it bluntly, I can barely afford to live in California, let alone fund big-budget sci-fi epic. At the same time, I couldn't have afforded to make ALGORITHM either. I did it anyway. Maybe I'll do the same with the sequel?

    Is doing another #crowdfunding campaign the best solution? Would it be possible to raise enough?With a crowdfunding campaign, what kinds of perks would work, knowing I'll be giving the movie away for free to the whole world?

    And then the whole thing comes back to the question "How big can I dream?"