Today it is December

Great War Scottish postcard.

Scottish Christmas and New Year’s postcard.
Wreath inscribed with scrolls of Great War place names.

Discussions around the tables…

…and so it is December…families…some partly reunited…peace on earth…discussions around the tables and hearths, turn from thoughts of yesterday and tomorrow…somehow today is recognized as a turn away from present conversations…Well today is a new day..but conversations soon pick up from whence they start.

The Armistice…soon to be eclipsed by interactions from another table…the Quai d’Orsay (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris, France), contentious discussion at the Hôtel Trianon Palace…Hôtel des Réservoirs…all towards a signing…a treaty…28 June 1919…in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles.

But for today it is December…peace on earth…discussions around the table and hearth…it is at least a new day.


About The Author

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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 in Sardinia. Paul returned to Canada in 1967 and was further amazed by David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai". Film captivated Paul and with time he became increasingly interested in storytelling, content development, character, direction, cinematography 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 entranced when he learned Weir had visited the beaches, ridges and ravines of the peninsula. The film "Gallipoli" alone led Paul on many journeys to sites of conflict in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Malta, Hawaii and Gallipoli. It was, however, when Paul watched documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, "The Civil War", that 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 would be 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, he 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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