Now that it's dropped back, we have turned our attention to the treatment. Originally STARDANCE was written as a short 10 minute film. When Jim came on board as my producer/co-director, we decided to make STARDANCE a large-format film, which means expanding its length to fit the 44 minute IMAX experience. Working from an outline, the treatment will be a written condensation of our film. One of its primary purposes is to help us sell our story to sponsors and investors.
So I'm asking myself again what vision do I want to put on the screen -- what vision do I want to hold up this time? As an artist, I've always been interested in moving forward, in doing the next thing, in pushing the boundaries in new ways. Much of my work has been a direct invitation to recognize and realize the deeper dimension of the silent bond between us. In this film, I want to take the STARDANCE novels, and re-work them in a new way. And I want to include my 35 years of Buddhist practice and study in a new way.
Collaborating with Jim on this film has been a true joy. Our artistic lives share a transcendent compatibility that endeavors to create work that confronts us with the best we can be, the deepest we can feel, and the highest we can see. We aspire to have our audience leave the theatre a little better than they were only minutes ago. And his ability to think in pictures perfectly dovetails my own visual abilities. During this incubation stage, his contribution of outlining our story for the treatment has been invaluable.
When I began work on the original short film script, I named the protagonist, Treya. She is named after Maitreya, the Future Buddha of all-encompassing love -- the fifth and last of the earthly Buddhas. I feel we need to aspire to do all we can to bring the Future Buddha of Love here now. Our world can't wait several thousands of years. Iconographically Maitreya is depicted on a raised seat with her feet resting on the ground in a state of readiness -- ready to appear in the world to give us whatever is needed.
Whether it's a dance , a poem, a novel, or a film, my work aspires to hold up visions that exemplify the best in humanity, reflecting our highest evolutionary potential. Spider simply says we peddle hopes.
Whatever you call it, as Jim and I write the treatment, our intention is to accelerate our evolution with a picture of a new paradigm of humanity. We ask you to hold that aspiration with us.