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from Men in Black, and Bill and Ted

Gratitude. Compassion. Passion.

That’s what screenwriter Ed Solomon suggested we all have in his presentation at the Marseille WebFest in France. Along with many other credits, Solomon wrote two of my favourites: “Men in Black” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”.

Pamela Jaye, Marx Pyle, Kathie Fong Yoneda, Ed Solomon

Here’s a quote from the former:

“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

Truly – Just imagine what you’ll know tomorrow…if you keep an open and curious mind, apply rational thinking, and use the scientific method.

And another timely quote for today’s troubled world from those 20th century American philosophers Bill and Ted, “Be excellent to each other.”

at StoryBoard Development Group meeting for MIB3

Me as a Man in Black – at the fabulous StoryBoard Development Group. Do check them out; they’re my favourite group of thoughtful, talented, fun, outspoken writers and they’ve been doing this since 1981. I’ve been presenting there for over twenty years and always enjoy it. Plus you’ll learn a lot about story development and can contribute to the group’s knowledge bank.

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