The Right Words – the Right Notes

Concerning Hobbits
Lord of the Rings


So far from Scotland and piping – yet the sound of a tin whistle brings the days of the Celts – Picts and Gaels to mind. The age of then is here within a much read and spoken story – time and time again. With each line by Tolkien how did he lend his mind to hand to craft the right words for the sentence…within the paragraph…for the chapter…of the books?

Each Tolkien word became an inspiration for Walsh, Boyens, Lesnie, Jackson and others…spoken by a rich cast of players across the screen. Combined together with the chosen notes from the lines and spaces of Howard Shore’s musical staff, the multitude of Tolkien’s inspiring work is delivered – multiple forms of the arts as one. It is this oneness that brings me here today.

Only after attempting to find my words, from other films, I turn again towards the trilogy. Other films have not made it through my psyche until now. There is richness here as I gather my day’s thoughts – inspired voices, images, landscapes, costumes, cuts and sounds.

I relax deep-set within my recliner… The journey has begun as the musical score provides the breath to fill my sails of this exploration, Tolkien and oneness.

The History of the Ring Theme
Lord of the Rings

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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