Ed Solomon began his career in his teens as a joke writer, playwright, and stand-up comedian. He was hired (while still in college at UCLA) as a staff writer on ABC TV’s hit comedy show Laverne and Shirley, which made him the youngest member of the Writers’ Guild at the time. He went on to write hundreds of episodes of television and dozens of feature films, both credited and uncredited. His film credits include the critical and box office hits Men in Black, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, Now You See Me 1 & 2, Charlie’s Angels, X-Men (uncredited), and many others.
His film Levity (which he also directed) – starring Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman and Holly Hunter, was selected to open the Sundance Film Festival in 2003, and the critically acclaimed TV series It’s Garry Shandling’s Show was ground-breaking in its experimental nature.
His innovative work in television has continued to this day: his 6-episode branching narrative series collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh was said by Wired Magazine to “change the way you watch television.” Indeed, it was the first work by major filmmakers to tell the same story both as an interactive app (available only in the US) as well as a high-end limited series (HBO). He is currently working on a new, 10-hour branching narrative series with Soderbergh, as well as the long-awaited third instalment of the Bill and Ted franchise: Bill and Ted Face the Music, set to shoot in February 2019. He is also working on a tv series based on Now You See Me, and several other feature film projects in many different genres. His goal is to one day be the oldest member of the Writers’ Guild.
The masterclass will be moderated by Mary Kate O’Flanagan, an award-winning screenwriter and story consultant in the European film and television industry. She teaches screenwriting across UK, US, Europe as well as in Ireland. She has written six feature-length screenplays, five of which have been optioned and supported by funding from Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann and a pilot for a television series which won the EATC Prix Europa.
The masterclass costs €50 and will take place on Friday 13th July from 10am – 1pm in the Galmont Hotel, Galway (Formerly Radisson Hotel).
To apply for a place, contact Emma Owen by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is: 1p.m. Thursday 12th July 2018
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure will screen on Saturday 14th July at 10:45pm followed by Q+A. Click here for tickets.