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Topic 1: The Art of Storytelling
Activity 1 – Exercise 1: Expressing Memories
The memory that I remember most vividly is watching The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy for the first time. One Christmas, my younger siblings and I watched High School Musical (2006), Shrek (2001), and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) back-to-back in that order. An unusual combination, I know.
This was back in the day when Netflix mailed out DVDs in its signature red envelopes.
Placing an order for a DVD online and then waiting in eager anticipation for it to come in the mail was one of the highlights of my childhood.
While it was well after 3 a.m. in the morning on the day after Christmas when my younger siblings and I finally went to sleep, the vast mythical land of Middle-earth and the epic struggles and triumphs of its peoples remained very much on my mind. I wanted to know how the story ended. Did Frodo and Sam make it to Mordor? Were they successful in their quest to destroy the One Ring? What happened to Gandalf who fell into the abyss with the Balrog? And what became of Gollum? What were the journeys of the other members of the fellowship? Did they perish like Boromir or did they survive?
To see the answers to all of these questions and more, I had to wait two weeks…because, first, I had to send back the old red envelopes containing the DVDs for High School Musical, Shrek, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Then, I had to wait for Netflix to send new red envelopes containing the DVDs for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
It felt like an eternity…
…but the wait was worth it.
Joy is the emotion I connect to this memory because after watching the movies I knew that storytelling, script-writing, and film-making was what I wanted to do with my life. I was—and still am—fascinated by the story and world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s imagination and by how Peter Jackson brought both to life in such a believable manner.
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