Change Your Stars…

…and follow your feet…

Film clip from “A Knight’s Tale”: After changing his stars and following his feet home, Will (Heath Ledger) returns, after several years, to Cheapside, England to reunite with his father (Christopher Cazenove) who has become blind.

It seems a long while since I managed to find words to key together. Yet upon reflection of the many changes that have occurred over the last year and a half I again look inwardly, knowing all along what has been required. The idea has been there for a long while, yet the touch of the keys has been missing. Keys…those small black, plastic blocks with white letters that once allowed my fingers to clatter across the board penning a few lines of understanding together.

I am rested – I set my hands upon the board and the keys seem familiar again as I carve out these words from the confines of formerly hidden spaces. As I feel the goodness and warmth of my soul rise again the clatter from the desktop encourages me. I am here! I have not gone too far – I have just been away.

The last time I chose to share some understanding I wrote about “A Thousand Stars Away”, and once again it is the stars that kindle my heart and tell me to set in words what I have known I must do for so very long. Believe in yourself – no matter what obstacles are set in your path – stay true to your principles – flourish in your integrity. Keep your head held high and value the respect and support of your friends because they have and will stand beside you for many years to come. Know who you are and what you represent. Reflect upon your achievements and stay familiar with them as we often let our own past go in favour of something new.

And when it is time to wander along a new path, remember that it is possible to change your stars and to follow your feet home. The journey may take you in many directions yet – believe in your dreams – for no amount of knowledge can equal your path of imagination. It takes imagination for the wise to think of the questions and answers to pass on as knowledge. It takes imagination to think of solutions to complexities. It takes imagination to see that when one door closes it simply points you in another direction. It takes heart and courage to find a voice in the wilderness but with the stars above and your feet below one day you too will find your way home…home again.

About The Author

Paul has worked with the Paradigm Motion Picture Company since 2009 as producer, historian and research specialist. Paul first met Casey and Ian WIlliams of Paradigm in April 2007 at Ieper (Ypres), Belgium when ceremonies were being held for the re-dedication of the Vimy Memorial, France. Paul's sensitivity to film was developed at an early age seeing his first films at RCAF Zweibrucken, Germany and Sardinia. Paul returned to Canada in 1967 and was captivated by David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai". Over time Paul became increasingly interested in storytelling, content development, character, direction, cinematography, narration and soundtracks. At the University of Victoria, Paul studied and compared Japanese and Australian film and became interested in Australian film maker Peter Weir and his film "Gallipoli" (1981). Paul was inspired when he learned Weir visited the beaches, ridges and ravines of the peninsula. "Gallipoli", the film, led Paul on many journeys to sites of conflict in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Malta, Hawaii, Gallipoli, North Macedonia and Salonika. When Paul first watched documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, "The Civil War", Paul understood how his own experience and insight could be effective and perhaps influential in film-making. Combining his knowledge of Museums and Archives, exhibitions and idea strategies with his film interests was a natural progression. Paul thinks like a film-maker. His passion for history and storytelling brings to Paradigm an eye (and ear) to the keen and sensitive interests of; content development, the understanding of successful and relational use of collections, imagery and voice. Like Paul's favorite actor, Peter O'Toole, Paul believes in the adage “To deepen not broaden.” While on this path Paul always remembers his grandmother whose father did not return from the Great War and how his loss shaped her life and how her experience continues to guide him.


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