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Nov 19, 2021

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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In this file The Firpos and I discussed:

  • 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!

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