An Interview with Director/Filmmaker Brendon ‘Wolf-Shield’ Culliton By Guy Shechter of www.lostinsound.org
We hear the term “Transformational Festivals” tossed around all the time these days. When people use this terminology, exactly what kind of transformation is being alluded to? Transformation of the individual? The collective? The scene and its culture? I’m sure every person who experiences these festivals would have a different answer, and I have a funny feeling I’m not the first person to be asking this question either. Festivals across the globe seem to be recognizing the immense opportunity for growth that these gatherings can become, moving away from a dance floor centric agenda towards a broader and more all-encompassing and spiritually awakening paradigm. Uniting with a crowd of people through dance is certainly powerful, but at these festivals people are developing all sorts of ways to connect, to learn, to teach, to heal. This shift is happening organically with the incentive for change naturally arising within the scene, but not just through event planners, but from all the attendees, participants, volunteers, and artists – The people who cultivate the culture in the first place.
So what is this deeper benefit that people are experiencing through attending these festivals? Well in his own way, Award-winning Canadian film maker Brendon ‘Wolf-Shield’ Culliton has been exploring, investigating, documenting and sharing these concepts in a very unique, entertaining, and visceral way. Brendon has successfully created and released two full length movies in an ongoing documentary movie saga – Journey to Lucidity: The Planted Seed and Journey to Lucidity 2: Tree of Guardians, both of which are online for free. The movies share his personal experiences and transformation while attending the Lucidity Festival which takes place each April in California (www.LucidityFestival.com). Though the movies, Brendon craftily weaves a story together around the concepts of lucid dreaming that goes beyond the traditional model of a documentary. Within the movies Brendon, or ‘Wolf-Shield’, begins by awakening within the mystery of a dream. Greeted by the Mother Goddess, he is gifted a single pinecone to be used as a tool to help him connect with others in the dream to learn more about this reality and himself. Floating along in a dream, asking all sorts of questions and getting all sorts of answers. If you were to combine the movie Waking Life with a transformational festival, the Journey to Lucidity movies are what you would get and more.
Through the movies the viewer is taken on a visceral journey through the experience of the transformational festival, interwoven with themes of metaphysics, unity, love, hope, and guardianship. Thousands have seen the movies already agree that they are unique, authentic, powerful and beautiful. So whether you have been to a transformational festival or not – these movies are here to provide you with the life changing experiences they help facilitate.
“These movies are something that I have created as a gift for us as spiritual beings and released online for free to be able to help change the world in very real ways. These movies are here to help assist our shift in consciousness through a dynamic reflective lens that tells a story that we are all going through as dreamers and journeyers within this multi-dimensional reality. The movies are designed to inspire people to be their authentic selves, and to encourage them to step into their empowered role as guardians, light holders, and co-creators within this bigger shared dream. By watching them it is my intention that these movies will inspire people further to choose to be the love that they wish to see in this world.” – Brendon.
Experience the journey for yourself. Watch both of the movies online FOR FREE and keep scrolling for an exclusive interview with Brendon about the movies!
Journey to Lucidity: The Planted Seed (2013)
Full Movie: http://youtu.be/7zSER3w4iQc
Journey to Lucidity 2: Tree of Guardians (2014)
Full Movie: http://youtu.be/cdZKHMzZ6B8
Interview with Brendon by Lost In Sound:
With Lucidity 2015: Kindred Quest recently wrapped up, we thought it would be the perfect time to pick Brendon’s brain further and see what these movies and the journey he is on is all about:
[LIS] So you just finished filming the third movie, Journey to Lucidity 3: Quest of Quests, at this years Lucidity Festival. Can you tell us a bit about the experience?
[Brendon] It was an awesome experience. As a film maker and student of the universe I had a more evolved perception going into the filming this time around. There was far less resistance on my part and much more flow and grace. The exciting thing about making these movies is that I go into them with a limited window of time and with a frame work, or a cup so to speak, and I allow the universe to fill it through the experiences and people I intuitively and synchronistically cross paths with. This year I filmed way more than previous years. I think I have close to 40+ hours of footage to edit with, oppose to the previous movies which were edited together from about 25 hours worth of footage. Plot wise the third movie is going to go in some new directions that I am really excited about related family, deeper love, duty as light holders, and realizations through darkness. There will be some surprises along the way, so I am going to keep most of it secret until the movie is closer to its release. I am just starting the editing process, and it is going to be really fun to see the movie come together. This time around it is my intention to have a good edit of the movie together within a couple months, where as the last movie was completed over the course of 9 months.
For those who are fans of the movies, they can help support the ongoing post production of the third one through the crowd funding campaign I have set up. Having the support of the community is what makes these movies possible. These movies are consciousness creating them for itself – and it is exciting to see us collectively supporting the endeavour.
You can visit the crowd funding at: http://igg.me/at/JtL3/x/1362896
[LIS] Why did you get into film into the first place? And when did you know you wanted to do it seriously?
[Brendon] Since a young age I have always been interested in technology and story telling. Editing wise I always had a knack for it, as my dad would say. My earliest editing projects I made for fun when I was around 13 were Dragon Ball Z anime music videos. Naturally over the years I began weaving these two interests together and eventually it transformed from being ‘just for fun’ and more about the intention of creating art that could make a difference in this world by educating, entertaining, and inspiring people. I went to school here in Canada for a program called Media Theory and Production, and by the time I was 22 I was already being recognized as an award winning film maker. Within that same time I was going through my own awakening process, and began putting more focus on creating what I refer to as ‘ consciousness shifting media’ to help document the shift, create new mythos, accelerate and assist people on their own awakening process.
What inspires you? What gets your creative juices flowing?
Other art definitely inspires me. Tales of adventure, and worlds of fantasy that may be more real then we realize…the dream… Things like metaphysical philosophy, dream exploration, multi-dimensional reality – topics like these I love. A lot of what you see in the Journey to Lucidity movies are a mirror of my own inspiration from a combination of other movies, anime, and video games. Movies such as Princess Mononoke, Star Wars, Waking Life, Peter Pan, Legend of Zelda, etc. When I align myself with the fact that there actually IS an objective – to help wake people up – it inspires me to get creative and to really step into an authentic roll of who I am, how I can use my skills and talents, and how that will translate onto screen. Also big shoutout to the pinecones! They inspire me too.
How did the first Journey to Lucidity film arise, and how did the concept arise?
In 2012 I did another movie at a transformational festival in North Carolina called Three Days of Light (Check out the movie for free HERE [HYPERLINK: https://youtu.be/YGgTLVKrPcg]. It was my first festival and a great experience. That movie was done in a more traditional gonzo journalism style in which you see me leave Canada, get to the festival, go on the adventure, etc etc. Shortly after I finished that movie I heard about Lucidity Festival. Right from its name I knew the event must be inspired by the topics of dream exploration and lucid dreaming. I reached out to the organizers and they already were familiar with my previous work and said that I was exactly what they were looking for to help tell their story. SO, as an artist, it really got me excited about being able to make a unique transformational festival documentary that could be presented as if it were in a dream, and to use the movie as a medium to educate and raise awareness about the topic of dreams and multi-dimensional reality. Essentially I was looking to make a real life version of Waking Life, combined with my own style – which is what evidently you see on screen.
Talk about some of the most memorable moments you experienced in the creation of these films.
Like anything else, there were a lot of challenges in making these movies and making them was a huge lesson for me about trust. I was more or less forced to surrender to the flow of the festival, and as a result there were a lot of concepts and ideas that I ended up having to set aside. Ultimately though, I realized that this was exactly what the movie needed in order for it to become what it was meant to be. Throughout the process of making the film I saw some really genuine synchronistic moments that could never have been planned out. That is what makes these movies so unique – their realness. Connecting with amazing Jamaica Stevens in the first movie was just something that occurred naturally. Her role as a reflection of the Mother Goddess archetype was something I was very fond of, so for myself as the young hero its just super magical any time I am in her presence both on screen and off. There was little need to fabricate magic as it was already everywhere around me. Though as a film maker, part of my favorite parts is the editing of the movie – because as much as I am in control, I am also a conduit, and I am observing the movie coming together before me as much as anyone else. So for me it has always been amazing to step back and look at the movies as a creation from the universe itself doing what it can to help wake itself up. My role in the process is just to honor that.
Tell us a few things you learned from the first film that you carried with you into the filming of the 2nd film?
What makes these movies interesting is the fact that they are always going to be a reflection of who I am as an individual and how I have changed from film to film. The first film was like jumping into a beautiful chaos. It was beautiful, but chaos none-the-less. So by the time I was on to the second film I had a lot more confidence before I jumped out of the plane. The lessons from the first film taught me about going with the flow, and so that became a big part of the second film – a knowing that I will be in the right place at the right time so long as I put forth an honest effort. And evidently as you can see in the second film, I connected with some real conscious all stars. People like Preston Smiles, Paradox Pollack, Phil Osphical, Golden Eagle, and many more. The first movie taught me to trust – the second movie taught me how to become a more effective co-creator.
On the same note, what new thoughts and ideas do you have for the filming of the 3rd film?
Oh man. The third one is going to be fun. The more I work on it the more I am getting visions of how it can be. The third movie is called Quest of Quests. In the previous movies I use the pinecone while asking people what the pinecone means to them, and in the second I ask ‘what are we here to remember?’. In the third one I am asking “what is our quest?” The idea being that this represents further transformation from the newly awakened journeyer, the embodied Guardian and the now more evolved form of the Guardian, moving into the awareness of a solar hero who is here to help change the world and come into union with bigger parts of themselves. All of the movies are mirrors for us to see where consciousness is at within that particular space and time. Needless to say, WE have changed a lot since the first movie, and I think that will echo nicely onto screen as we continue to focus our intentions of inner transformation and outer participation. Of course the third movie will contain more ninja / jedi stuff too.
Aside from the Journey to Lucidity movies, what other noteworthy projects have you been involved in?
The Lucidity movies exist in parallel with an even bigger project that I began in 2009 called Paradigm Shift Central. This project is the core of what I came back here to do – to help create a portal that will help assemble a global team of Shifters that will change the world. To promote open-mindedness, healthy living, and the evolution of consciousness. We also do an interactive online radio show to facilitate conscious discussion and encourage people to build Paradigm Shift Communities to connect with people where they are. The Paradigm Shift Communities are designed to bring people together through the simple concept of open-minded discussion and meditation circles. I started the first one as a club in my college and now, by showing that it can happen, there are over 50+ Paradigm Shift Communities worldwide. Essentially the goal of this project is for me to lead by example, and invite people to also step into their leadership potential and make a difference in their community. We do things like Free Hugs, and help hack the matrix with love. Collective inspiration. Through the project I have met an endless amount of amazing people and it has been really exciting to witness the ongoing Shift take place from right in the middle of it. The Journey to Lucidity movies are themselves a portal that will help connect people to this core project as well and provide them with the inspiration to help change the world how they can. Since the project started there have been a lot of media uploads, so I invite and encourage people to have fun checking out the main website and exploring more.
Curious? Want to hear more? Check out Brendon’s website here:
You seem to be on a mission to help spread knowledge, “to help assist our shift in consciousness” as you say. How did it come about that you found yourself on this path? What motivates these goals of yours?
My own awakening process stemmed from a natural curiosity about reality. As I began to intuitively connect some of the dots and realized first hand through experience that we are in fact multi-dimensional beings and the self-empowerment and responsibility that comes with this fact. It gave me the motivation to help create more pathways for this knowledge to flow as a way to help accelerate the rate at which others and the collective would begin realizing this swell. Utilizing the concept of the Hundredth Monkey Effect more or less. I think story telling and creating new mythos is, and always has been, one of the most effective ways that we as humans can help communicate knowledge as well as inspiration and new ways of seeing the world around us. They help deliver and plant thoughts seeds that will grow over time. So with my natural skills and passion as a film maker and story teller, it was the obvious choice that I had to do something with my talents and skills – and that’s what I encourage us all to do.
Growing up I was commonly in the role of a leader amidst my sports teams and school projects – which in many ways is a reflection of my wolf-like nature. So it really came from me being able to have the foresight to see potential, by recognizing my own talents, and by having the courage to follow through with my efforts knowing that the universe had my back regardless. I did all this as an experiment in many ways – under the simple notion that ripples create waves. I wanted to hack the matrix and help birth new realities. I wanted to make a difference and help change the future. One ripple at a time. And now, here we are – amidst many waves. What really fascinates me is how things have managed to catch up with themselves. 5 years ago is a long time, and now, there are so many of us who are connected, aware, and inspired. It’s a beautiful thing to have been able to witness this from a very potent epicentre.
Anything in particular that your especially excited for this year at Lucidity?
(Answered prior to the festival) I am excited for the unknown. Right now I am writing this while in the airport and will be in California within a matter of hours. I am excited and honoured that I have the privilege to be able to document a unique microcosm of the macrocosm. I am also excited to experience my own story of transformation that will be reflected through the third movie. I have a few things planned – but the universe has it all planned. My excitement is to be present in every moment and to witness the magic unfold.
What I am more aware of this year is the idea that at Lucidity we see people in tons of costumes, BUT, what’s interesting is that the costumes are actually in many ways more authentic to who many of these people are – which are these real life magical fantasy-esque individuals. The Gods and Goddesses within us get to come out to play…
Furthermore, what I am really fascinated in is that amidst the Lucidity family there has been this natural rising of the Guardian archetype. This was never directly communicated between me and the organizers in terms of the second movie focusing on this theme. It just goes to show that there are certain themes and vibrations that are rising within the collective. What is going to be rising this year? Deeper embodiment. Deeper connection between ourselves and others. Further empowerment, and really working with every tool we have within arms reach. Both the yin, and the yang…
For people experiencing Lucidity for the first time, any words of wisdom?
Go with the flow. Lucidity is a container for synchronicity. Let go of expectations. Be free to be yourself. Allow yourself to transform. Make new friends. Be love in the present moment. Give out free hugs, and relax, dance, sing, create, get lucid, and take all of that magic with you and bring it back out into the world, because that is how we will change it.
Live your own journey to lucidity.
Extra: I’m sure there’s lots of material that didn’t make it into the films, any particular moments you wished you could fit in but weren’t able to?
To be honest, almost everything that I film makes it into the movies. That is the magic of editing. Both movies are about 25 hours worth of raw footage that I crystallize down into a 90-ish minute movie. But at its core, the majority of what I film is all there. Although, if you go back to the first movie, Journey to Lucidity: The Planted Seed, you will see that there is a raw bonus scene that I have online – Scene 13: Wolf-Shield finds Wolf Mother This scene was just TOO REAL to put into the first movie. It was the trippiest thing, and most people are unaware of the story of it.
I was doing some pick up shots inside of a bus, and it was the last thing I filmed before I had to leave. Behind this curtain there was a woman who was performing healing on a man. I forget how, but we ended up talking. She told me her name was Wolf Mother and that she had asked for me. NOW – at this point I’d like to share an interesting fact – at this point in my journey I was actually a fair bit bummed out at myself because I felt like I had failed in the mission that I had set out to do (Though the editing would prove otherwise). I was still optimistic, but I was just exhausted after 3 days of filming. Anyways, we started talking and the best way I can put it is that she was speaking right to my soul. She saw me for who I was, and we hit upon something that I had intentionally kept out of the movie – my full name. In the movies I will always go by Wolf-Shield because that actually is the direct translation of my middle name, Randall. Other times I will go by Brendon, my first name, but one of the meanings of Brendon is also Prince. So technically (as chosen by myself before this incarnation) my real name is ‘Prince Wolf-Shield’. For me this always kept me humble. The word ‘Prince’ represents the bridge between the people and the ‘King’ (aka source/higher awareness.) So as a Prince, in my films I am literally carrying this duty through my objective to help change the world. In my conversation with the Wolf Mother she talks to me as the Prince, and she really hits upon some key aspects of my mission. So after I had that interaction, I left the festival with a glow of ‘wow, did that really just happen… It showed me that the universe did have my back, as it was all along the way.
Thank you for helping more people find out about the movies. I had a great time sharing and doing this interview! Thank you again to everyone who has taken the time to connect and have fun watching the movies either by yourself or with friends. I look forward to keeping you up to date with the ongoing post production of Journey to Lucidity 3: Quest of Quests!
You can help by checking out and sharing the crowd funding campaign at http://igg.me/at/JtL3/x/1362896
Feel free to connect with me and of course everyone is invited to get involved with future live episodes of Paradigm Shift Radio.
See you in the Future
– Brendon Wolf-Shield