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Star Trek TNG Production Associate, Eric Stillwell, Speaks to SebRT.com

March 2, 2007

Eric Stillwell A few days ago I managed to catch up with another Star Trek / Paramount Pictures employee, Eric Stillwell. My meeting Eric on the internet was initiated by my recent interest in the life and work of Michael Piller. Piller was the head writer on Star Trek TNG from the 3rd season, co-created both Deep Space Nine and Voyager and then went on to write the 9th Star Trek film Star Trek Insurrection. Eric Stillwell was fortunate enough to work with Michael for many years and last night I found myself talking with him over instant message. The conversation graduated to telephone after two hours and for the remainder of my day, approx 5 hours Eric and I spoke about Star Trek while I periodically filled in answers to the questions I had quickly thrown together for an impromptu interview.

My conversation with Eric Stillwell was a very productive one a few major things are going to be taking place because of our discussion. I am keeping the information about what is going to happen close to my vest at the moment but I will say that I have asked Eric to guest write here on SebRT.com in the near future. The following is the interview, which in reality was massive and if I had written everything Eric and I talked about it would be about 25 pages.

SebRT.com Welcomes Eric Stillwell, Star Trek TNG Script Coordinator and the Assistant to the late Michael Piller.

You worked for Star Trek like a lot of SebRT guests. What exactly did you do?

I started off as the production assistant on Star Trek The Next Generation in ‘87 and I did that for two years. Then I was promoted to script coordinator and worked on TNG until ‘93. After I finished with Star Trek the TV show I went to produce Star Trek conventions and in 1996 I returned to Paramount Pictures and worked for Michael Piller. At that time he was Executive Producer on Star Trek Voyager and I spent time as a production associate and his assistant. He stepped down and left the studio in 1999 to work on other projects and I went with him (as vice-president of Operations for Piller Squared) to do that. He created the Dead Zone TV series and I was an associate producer on that and then he and his son created Wildfire and I was an associate producer on that. As the vice president of operations for Piller Squared I was in charge of a lot of aspects of the company.

I read you are a genuine Trekkie yourself, if I wanted vaporize my neighbor’s dog, what setting would I set this phaser to?

[laughs]I don’t have to know all that stuff to be a Trekkie!! But if you do that you have to go have a meeting with Counsellor Troi.

You worked with the late and great, Michael Piller. In the past I have published how I would like to have known him. What was he like?

Michael was a complicated personality. It took me a long time to get to know him genuinely. On the outside sometimes he can seem abrupt and I don’t want to sound like I am saying he was terrible. He hated cocktail parties…it was easier for him to have a discussion with a potted plant. He was actually quite charming in person. It was all in his writings. Michael could write a scene that could be completely innocuous, but underneath it was about the humanity of things. If you watch the Best of Both Worlds, the personal problems of Riker being offered his own command are taken from Michael’s own life experiences of the time. He knew that the humanity was important, and the characters even though he technical stuff in Star Trek is important.

It seems like you and I might have met when I was 7 years old in my home town of South Bend, Indiana at a trek convention. What was your involvement with the conventions?

At that time frame I did some conventions in South Bend. I was the MC of the event and introduce all the guests and handle all the celebrity appearances and handle all that stuff so it very likely.

What are your thoughts about the upcoming “prequel” of Star Trek TOS in the form of Star Trek XI?

I think prequels are a questionable approach to doing Star Trek because I don’t even think it was a viable option for Enterprise regardless of how good the production was. I think JJ Abrams is terrific.

Your work after you left Star Trek has been very successful and you even have your name on a Star Trek novel – Do you have any more plans to work with anything Star Trek related?

I don’t have plans to but you never know what the future holds. Somehow I think my career path is heading towards politics. Star Trek influences my political views on things and it’s all mixed together in weird ways. The whole 34th rule novel is inspired by George Takei’s life in the internment camp. There’s always possibilities.

Most recently you have been working on Children’s television, how does that compare to working on the biggest television franchise of all time?

For me its like the difference between being a small fish in the big ocean and being a big fish in a small pond. I got to be the head writer and a producer on the Children’s show. I was not just the 47th person down the production list.

What is the work (out of your entire career) that you have found most rewarding and you are most proud of?

Co-Writing Yesterday’s Enterprise was certainly the highlight of my Hollywood career. I did something creative and it got realized in front of my eyes. Getting to work with Whoopie Goldberg was great as well.

Eric Stillwell and Gene RoddenberryDo you have any pieces of Trek in your possession such as a prop or set piece to remember the show by?

Most of the things I received were “crew gifts” including stuff from your friend Dennis Madalone. I have a picture of me with Gene Roddenberry on the bridge set that Gene autographed that is really special to me.

Star Trek Insurrection’s story was not a typical Star Trek story and many felt it was not loyal to what trek had established. 9 years on, what did you think of the story when you were script coordinating on that picture?

The final project was not what Michael originally intended. Patrick Stewart made a lot of changes to the script that fundamentally changed the script as far as I am concerned. Originally the bad guys in the story were Romulans.

What are you working on at the moment? Got any exciting plans to share with SebRT readers and the internet at large?

I’ve been trying to revise my political blogging career because I’m currently unemployed and looking for work. So looking for something in the political realm. I’m going to Italy on vacation for a Star Trek Convention –not running for President.

Thank you very much for your time Eric and you are most welcome to come back sometime!

Thanks, I enjoyed it! (after 5 hours on the phone)

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If you would like to ask Eric any of your own questions or contact any of the interviewees here at SebRT.coom you can email “questions@sebrt.com”

Star Trek TNG, DS9, VOY and ENT’s Dan Curry Speaks to SebRT.com!

August 28, 2006

 

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know that I interviewed Dennis Madalone, the Star Trek stunt coordinator and singer behind America We Stand as One a few weeks back. At that time we talked about his Star Trek involvement in great detail as everyone knows I am an enthusiastic fan.

I found out after watching the official credits for America, We Stand as One, on the DVD that Dennis sent me that someone who I have admired for a long time, for his creativity and artistic ability was involved in the production. Dan Curry.

I have seen Dan interviewed on various Star Trek programs, and I saw the “tour” of his home with his Star Trek history and other endeavors on the Star Trek the Next Generation Season 6 DVD Box Set Special Material. I asked Dennis if he would be able to get me in touch with Dan Curry, as I would love to have an opportunity to interview him for my blog.

Dan and I finally got on the phone yesterday for the interview you are about to read. As you will see he is incredibly talented with what he is and has done for television and film and like me, he started very young.

Without further delay I give you Dan Curry, I really enjoyed the interview and would love to have another opportunity to speak, or possibly work with him!

curry.jpgSebRT.com Welcomes DAN CURRY – Visual Effects Supervisor/Producer and Second Unit Director for Star Trek the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise

Hi Dan, thanks getting on the phone with me today and for fitting this interview into your busy schedule.

You were the visual effects supervisor/Producer and Second Unit Director on Star Trek for eighteen years – But where did you start out? Were you a film-maker at heart since childhood?

I started making movies when I was eight years old. I constructed a rear-projection sytem with a broken 8mm projector so I could have toy dinosaurs chase my brother. My childhood artwork included doing storyboards for imaginary movies before I knew what storyboards were. In college as an undergraduate I was a Fine Arts major and theatre minor. I found an old wind-up Bolex 16mm movie camera and the school was kind enough to fund a film, about Icelandic peasants in the middle ages. The theatre department provided a lot of props and costumes.

You brought a unique point of view to Star Trek, especially the Klingon aspect, was this because of the time that you spent in Thailand and the Peace Corps. ?

My studies of martial arts lead to the development of the Klingon weapons such as the bat’leth and the mek’leth. We had an episode in which Worf was to inherit an ancestral bladed weapon. The art department came up with something thar resembled a pirate’s cutlass. I felt that the Klingons should have something unique and original and I wanted to create something ergonomically sound. I have never liked movie weapons that just look coll but can’t be used. I am proud of the fact that the Korean Martial Arts Association recognized it as the first new bladed weapon of the last century that is practical.

You certainly have traveled the world, what inspired you to do this, and what was your favorite place you traveled to?

Thailand is certainly the place where I have the deepest connection. My wife is from Thailand and we speak Thai at home.

It is impossible to select one place so I would have to say that planet Earth is my favorite place… there are so many wonderful locations to visit… Asia, California, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Africa, Europe. How can one be selected above the others. There are still too many for me yet to see.

Who were/are your roll models as you built and shaped your career?

That’s an Interesting question. I would say Ray Harryhausen, John Ford, Michael Curtiz, Raoul Walsh, Frank Capra, Albert Whitlock, and Thomas Edison.

So many painters: Picasso, Rembrandt, Dali – Monet, Toulouse Le Trec…Cezanne and of course Michaelangelo, and Leonardo DaVinvi. Da Vinci has been a great inspiration too.

You worked on 100+ feature films designing title sequences.

What was your most rewarding experience when designing title sequences for films?

Each one is unique, some are simple as when the editor already knows what he wants and the job entails creating and positioning the type. The most creatively satisfying title sequences entail making a mini-movie, a sort of visual overture that can stand on its own. One case is “Back to School” starring Rodney Dangerfield. I got to create a little movie using stills to summarize the life of Rodney’s character from age 12 to 50. By an astonishing coincidence, I was able to use the photos from my own family album, as I grew up in the same neighborhood as the main character. I just painted in Rodney’s face and signs for his character’s stores over family photos and period stock stills of New York. Other title sequences I am prod of include STAR TREK VOYAGER and DEEP SPACE NINE, TOP GUN, DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID, and INDIANA JONES and the TEMPLE OF DOOM.

320x240.jpgDo you have any suggestions to someone who is interested in working in television and film; an aspiring director, producer or visual effects artist?

The most important suggestion I could make to any aspiring artist to remind you that when you are in school your first task is to become an educated person.

You must make the important distinction between education and job training. An educated person can react to the changes and surprises that are inevitable in life. Someone who only has job training is limited to performing the task he or she has been trained to do.

Study the history of art, film, theatre, dramatic, literature, photography, and traditional media. Figure drawing is especially important. If you can draw, you can communicate more effectively with your team. The better you draw the more effective you can be in instantly conveying your vision and concepts to solve problems but drawing is something that everyone understands.

When applying for jobs do your research; find out who the decision makers are, what they have done and what they are working on now. Make the people who hire you, glad they did. Use your initiative to make their work easier and more efficient.

If you ever do stop learning you move into a vegetative state

You should also continue to do your own personal work on the side. Study the people who are doing what you want to do. Learn how they got to where they are.

You worked with previous SebRT.com guest and my friend, Dennis Madalone on his music video, America We Stand as One. What parts of the production did you influence?

At first Dennis wanted me to direct the film. Dennis had already had some storyboarding done by a friend of his and when I saw how personal and specific his concepts and images were I told Dennis that he really should direct himself as I would only interfere with his expression. I gave him technical advice on how to set up green screens and other visual effects issues. I guided him to achieve his personal vision.

I felt that for his film to be artistically pure, he didn’t need my vision interfering when he had his own.

Some of your work on Star Trek has inspired me to take the direction (no pun intended!) I have in my own life – I have been fascinated by the inner workings of the production on Star Trek for as long as I can remember. I would like to ask you a few questions that relate to your tenure on Star Trek.

I have seen you describe the Kazon battle sequence in the pilot episode “Caretaker” of ST Voyager. Could you take me through what it takes to animate a phaser beam and the planning that it takes?

Phaser shots are relatively simple. We have pre-built elements of vibrating beams over black. The animator will then correct its perspective using a paint system and then add the hit splash when someone or some ship is hit. We have an element of a mylar cheerleaders’ pom-pom shaken over a mirror and photographed with a 35mm movie camera that we use to add some random-looking kinetic energy to some of the hits.

I watched the only episode of Star Trek TNG that you directed, Birthright II, before this interview. I noticed that Worf used the martial arts exercises you designed the, “Mok’bara.” Why did you only direct one episode of TNG?

Politics…

There was a starship named after you on Star Trek, the U.S.S. Curry, did you choose this ship to be named after yourself and or have a hand in designing it?

We had to do a fleet of damaged ships. We got together (Gary Hutzel, and other people from Image G) and we kitbashed* Star Trek models in ways that they were never meant to be put together. Just for fun each person who built a ship named it after him or her self.

The USS Curry is not supposed to be a specific class, just a model I threw together.

*Kitbashing is taking parts of other model kits and placing them on other models to add detail and create texture and details.

180px-echo_papa_607.jpgIn a documentary I saw you in, you showed a prop that you had built for use on Star Trek TNG’s first season, a weapon made out of a L’Eggs pantyhose case and a shampoo bottle. What other kind of wacky, everyday objects did you find yourself using to give Star Trek audiences something exciting to look at each week?

To reserve our budgets for the bigger ships seen in close-up I sometimes used everyday objects for things such as “worker bee” ships. For example, when the Enterprise is in Dry-dock a small utility vessel passes by. It is actually a broken toy robot foot embellished with throw-away razor handles glued to it. We didn’t have much time and used whatever was available to do the job. The makers of everyday objects do a great job of precise industrial design and manufacturing. If you can look at things independent of their actual size you will discover that the world is filled with space ship parts.

Regarding the model robot built for the TNG episode “Arsenal of Freedom” – the Echo Papa 607, I decided to hand animate the model for its levitation sequences instead of using motion control which was the norm. As a result the model has a more fluid natural randomness to its movement. My thirty years of Tai-Chi allowed me to move the model in a way that kept its motion believable, threatening, and saved the expense of days of motion control photography..

You designed the deadly Klingon weapon Bat’leth for Worf and fellow Klingons to use in their ritual combat. What was your source of inspiration for these unusual weapons?

I had been imagining such a weapon for a long time. When the producers asked for a new Klingon weapon for Worf I made a foam-core version of what I had in mind and showed it to them. After a quick demonstration of how it could be used they decided to go with it. It has now become one of the visual symbols of the Knlingons.

You are very active in art circles and maintain a website showcasing some of your paintings. Can you tell me a little about your paintings and what you are working on right now?

I like to paint in a variety of different styles. I like creating works from the imagination, realistic landscapes, and genre or portrait shots of people. Oil, Pencil, Color Pencils, and “Pen and Ink” are favorite media. To me creating works of art is part of being alive.

I also play guitar and have over 20 different ones in my collection, both electric and acoustic. Each has its own personality. My son, Devin, also a filmmaker, is the real musician in our family. He plays piano/keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums and composes his own music.

Is there anything else that you are working on right now that you would like to share with the readers of SebRT.com?

I am developing a wonderful Christmas fantasy musical adventure family film starring the real-life great grandchildren of Captain and Maria Von Trapp (the subjects of The Sound of Music.) We are hoping to start shooting in January.

I am always working on something. Currently we are finishing a short supernatural children’s film I directed a while back.

My son and I are also shopping around a supernatural thriller that we wrote together with a friend, Sean E. Williams, that takes place in a winery. Involves the spirit of a Native American shaman seeking revenge for an ancient atrocity.

Is there anything that you would like to add?

The most important thing I would like to add and Star Trek was important in a lot of people’s lives. The success of its visual effects is owed to the tireless dedication of the visual effects team. They recognized that STAR TREK was greater than the sum of its parts and worked for more thank just a paycheck.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many terrific people.

Thank you for joining me Dan I really appreciate you taking the time!

Thank you, I’ve enjoyed it.

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If you would like to find out more about Dan Curry and his work, point your browser to his website at www.dancurrygallery.com or check out his profile on MemoryAlpha the canon Star Trek Wiki. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me – Email Me.

America, We Stand As One’s, Dennis Madalone, Speaks to SebRT.com!

July 12, 2006

 

(Watch America, We Stand as One, here Courtesty of YouTube)

I first contacted Dennis the first week of July 2006 after watching his America, We Stand As One video, we had a wonderful discussion about his music video, and his stunt career.

As most of you who read my blog, listened to my shows, or watched my videos know, I have always been a Star Trek fan, and was very excited when I learned he has been in so many Star Trek Episodes. But this took a backseat today to the music video, and Dennis’s true feelings about it.

I cannot describe the interview with Dennis as anything other than magical. He is truly a man of great convictions and of course his word. We spoke via prior arrangement this evening for over and hour and a half about his video, how it made him, others, and I feel – read the interview for details!

-“Kids really love the video, they sing it all the time, I get these wonderful emails from parents saying they have to see it before they go to bed each night! And thats really special”- Dennis Madalone

I find this video extremely touching, to me, both because I am an American living abroad, but also because I understand what it is like to go out on your own with an idea and show people something that you know will have a mixed reception. It certainly takes something that Dennis is not short of. Courage.

Dennis and I chatted throughout the interview like old friends, and that is how he made me feel when we spoke from the very beginning! I truly regard Dennis as a friend now, and I didn’t do this just for an interview, or for the blog, but because I believe with all my heart that there is definitely something in what Dennis is trying his best to do, and I would love to be a part of it, and hopefully with this interview and entry, I am. I hope that by reading this interview you feel part of it as well, because in Dennis’s words, “This is for everyone, 100 years from now, a 1000 years from now”

SebRT.com welcomes DENNIS MADALONE! Hollywood stuntman turned stunt- coordinator – Now an international inspirational vocalist / philanthropist for his work on America – We Stand as One. – America We Stand as One is the most downloaded music video of all time (2006)

 

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Hello Dennis! Thank you for joining me.

Hi! – I hope everyone is well out there in England!

First off I would like to thank you for being so kind to me when I first contacted you about your music video and your work.

It’s my pleasure, and honor to talk to you.

Your message is so clear in America – We Stand as One, and it certainly hits hard for this American living abroad, even though was not directly affected by the events of September 11th ….Was your reaction and subsequent song a result of how you felt after September 11th?

I was working on a song two months prior to 9-11. The song was about “Words from our loved ones” – The words were them singing to us, not as usual the people singing to those who have already passed.-

People did not understand it. They didn’t get it. Then suddenly 9-11 happened. I picked up my guitar, that Friday it was the national day of prayer. I started playing my guitar with my German Shepherd beside me – I started to write, the song came out of no where, What I can only call a gif from our loved ones. I knew that I had to go to the studio and record the song. It all merged together at that point and we knew that when the song came out it would be a story forever.

I put my dog’s name and a paw print on the DVD-Slip cover of America We Stand As One.

Was there a style that you wanted to emulate?

No, not at all. I can’t play anyone, I don’t know their songs. I only know my own. I love all the artists out there, the Beatles, the Monkees..etc They were certainly inspiration though to forward with this, but this was totally original.

The song may be so original because it is totally from my (our) heart(s). America, We Stand as One, is a beautiful message, but it was so neat that it is so fresh. It is more of an American anthem for the world! We are really proud of that!

It just came, almost out of nowhere. I didn’t have to write it down – eventually [you] do write it down for when it is time to record, of course. It is something that you just don’t forget.

Nine months after I wrote the song, we started getting feelings of children, the ocean / beach, and angles in the sky, loves ones in the Sky…lights of energy. I contacted a director I knew and he said “Let’s go and shoot it!”

How long did it take you to produce the video from inception to publication?

We took two years. I took my time because as each month would go by we would go shoot – the various scenes-. If I didn’t take my time we would not have got something that was so real. I wanted to stay true to the words and make sure that whatever came out that it was coming from our hearts. No one was telling us what to do and we ended up with this song. By honoring this song, we will never take any money from it and it always has to be a gift.

ROB BOWMAN directed America We Stand As One. As a Star Trek fan I recognize his name from the directing credits on Star Trek TNG, did this have something to do with your choosing him to direct your video?

Absolutely! He brought me onto Star Trek, and I worked on Where No One Has Gone Before. (The crewman who had to put out the fire with his mind, under the encouragement of Captain Picard)

Rob Bowman went off after doing Star Trek, and he did a lot of TV and features. But I stayed with Star Trek for 14 years. I know his father very well; his father introduced me to him when he was a senior in High School.

Rob added a lot of beautiful backlit stuff, which is his style and it all tied in to the magic.

The editing process of the music video is extremely well executed! Who edited the video? I noticed that even the cuts go with the beat of the music. Incredible!

 

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Yeah. She (Elisa Llanido, Editor) was amazing; I did a cut that was just long shots that lasted 15 or 20 seconds. She was unbelievable, within three days.. She put a heartbeat on the song. It took a year for us to put together all the effects. Took time to do the Flag, Mount Rushmore….etc

Rob Bowman said she was an unbelievable editor, one of the best he had ever seen or worked with. She was amazing, like I said, put a heartbeat to it.

We shot the film on D9 video, very strong, almost like film. I really liked it. The cameraman (dp) who shot it was Tip McTartland, he was amazing, and his camera was amazing. He was shocked, and excited. In his words, it was the greatest video in the history of the world.

We were inspired by the words of the song, and knew that someday we were going to finish it. We knew that it wasn’t business, it wasn’t for money, it was – a mission. I believed the song was going to go to where it was meant to go, to the families and children, both affected by September 11th and other tragedies.

We put the song on the internet April of last year, with no publicity.

I woke up three days later, and my wife told me about a dream that she had had that was the DVD flying around the world. I was like, what does that mean?

Does that mean we are going to get to Europe? Little did I know what had occurred.

I went to lunch with a friend and I gave him the first DVD and he grabbed it and took it to Paul McCartney, and Paul really liked it.

I came home and there were 7000 hits on the website! I had just put it up, I thought it had to be wrong – I called my ISP and they told me it was true, the numbers were accurate and that it was just counting up constantly. America We Stand as One dot com took down their servers, and they had to send me to a separate server that would handle mine and we shut that one down too!

We had to keep upgrading to keep up with the demand for the video. We finally found one that could handle the surge. It was crazy!!

I was very excited that people would download it, and put it on their site. We think our video is on thousands of sites worldwide. We do know that it is happening and that it keeps going and going everyday.

My wife had that premonition, it was amazing for us, that she could say something like that and it happened within 24 hours or less! We knew that it was beautiful and it would and had been embraced.

 

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I just want to go back to your feelings about the video and its reception by the public. In my research before this interview I found that a lot of bloggers and journalists have simply picked and kicked at the production, non-intelligently, I might add.

I think that when they see something this true and pure, words that mean so much, and people that are caring and giving, it is hard to believe. They think there is a gimmick to it and that there is a catch, but there is no catch it’s not a gimmick – When they are all alone, they hear the truth, and they are able to embrace it, and not kid around anymore.

All those people who are kidding around have loved ones too; this is about all our loved ones. This is about them too.

This must of course be hurtful to you and your colleagues. I came across an email that you had written to the people who support the parody of your music video with involves the dubbing of swear words on the original vocals.

We were trying to be as nice as possible. I believe that they got carried away, but I am not a suing man. It was damaging to see our hard work get” parodied” or “spoofed” and they were really good when I contacted them. They apologized and removed it. At that point it was kind of too late; the video that they had made had made it out to the internet.

When you’re out there and doing something, you are going to be a target for people to mess around with the footage. I am sure they were just trying to get some attention, and have some fun but we know that ours is a true message of kindness, has and will prevail. Anything negative will fade away.

Obviously, this parody was upsetting. Is there anything further you can add or wish to say to the people who damaged your serious piece?

I spoke to the director when it was published. They apologized. I got what I needed.

We all learn as we go on in life to be better, and do better things. We all just learn to be nicer and nicer. We all go through mistakes, we learn later in life to be better people.

 

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Do you think this anthem will still be playing in 100 years?

I believe that it will be around for longer than that. Just like the old black and white films that people still watch today. I believe our song is a special and rare thing. I know that it has gotten to and comforted many people. It will be around for a long time after I pass away. 100 years or 1000 years from now, it will always be a message from our loved ones. It will surge until it reaches every one on its own. Everyday! Someone clicks on the song and it’s a new thing!

Do you have any plans for the future you would like to share at this time?

Just that I am looking for something special. To be a famous stuntman? No. To make money? No. This song is an amazing eye-opener.

We are all here to do something special. Help someone to cross the street. I am looking forward to doing something else…

My wife is pushing me with my other songs, to get them out. No one has heard them but her. America We Stand as One has to reach everyone first. There will be a time that I can sit down and smile and say “let’s release more beautiful songs..” “This song has made it..”

This song stands as one, making it around the world. I am staying away from doing an album, staying away from a record deal.

We completed our mission and now the wings of love are carrying it around the world. If there’s a flag when I see the song, I see the world, not just the USA.

Thank you to everyone – I hope everyone in the world embraces this song. It truly is for all, and to feel their loved ones in. The word thank you is not in my mind right now, I am thankful for our song – I am thankful for the song, that it came, and I am thankful that everyone has embraced it.

We I would really like to thank you for your time Dennis! You are most welcome to come back at anytime!

Thank you! And I can’t wait to read the blog entry when it is up! Good Night!

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If you want to learn more about Dennis Madalone and America, We Stand As One, why not visit the official website of the video. AmericaWeStandAsOne.com – And when you do, drop Dennis a line and let him know what you think of song, and if you feel compelled like I did to contact him, the correct ways of doing just that are also on the website!

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Thank you to Salon Magazine for using this article/interview in their discussion about, Dennis, and America, We Stand as One.