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Award-winning filmmakers and multi-hyphenate screenwriting duo, Kaz and Ryan Firpo, spoke to me about their breakout Hollywood moment, writing Marvel's Eternals, and how to eat a whale.
The Firpos are cousins who grew up in Northern California – with a storied background in commercials and documentary filmmaking – who describe themselves as "filmmakers who write."
In 2017 their first feature screenplay, RUIN, topped The Black List (a showcase for film writers) making them a hot commodity in Hollywood. In addition to writing and directing their first feature, their original sci-fi screenplay MIMI FROM RIO was purchased in a bidding war by Netflix with Ridley Scott producing.
Their first entry for the MCU is the complex story, Eternals, about a race of immortals who help shape Earth's history and civilizations, and who must emerge from hiding after thousands of years to protect the world from the evil Deviants.
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- The importance of The Black List to launching their careers
- Working with Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao of Nomadland fame
- World-building vs. act-building in screenwriting
- Why you should read all the screenwriting craft books you can
- Having drinks with Angelina Jolie
- And a lot more!
- Marvel Studios’ Eternals | Final Trailer
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- Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field [Amazon]
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