An experimental filmmaker recognized nationally and internationally, Paul collaborated with scores of musicians throughout the world, and was a powerful presence in California’s film and music scenes. A regular denizen of local cinemas, Paul enjoyed sharing his love for film of all kinds and his knowledge of cinema history was rich and passionate.
“The energy and the excitement, that’s the films. It’s not the technique. The technique is used in practice and is integral, but the experience of the films is the excitement I feel. I’m not premeditating what I want someone else to experience, but I feel if it’s shared, something will be there. When you’re listening to music it affects you, it’s instantaneous. There is no mental process; there is no intellectual trigger that tells you to have an emotional reaction. Only in the recounting does that happen. It sweeps over you as an experience. You suddenly have emotion, and that’s how I like the experience of film to be as well. That’s why I like fragmentation and layers. It starts to impress on you the way that music just passes over you. Because I think in a symphony, or a rock show, or any sort of musical performance, I may be absolutely transfigured, like I’m electrified, but somebody next to me probably is not, because it’s internal. It’s not the same for everybody, and I love the quality of experiencing work. I want to move through that. For film, that’s my way of moving through these emotional experiences, navigating through these shots. The shots are this emotional charge, just like the charge of music.”
— Paul Clipson, from a 2014 interview with Joel Schlemowitz; published June 5, 2018, by Incite! Magazine