brianbird.net

THE ART OF STORY, THE CRAFT OF SCREENWRITING AND MORE

What the heck is BRIANBIRD.NET?

My name is Brian Bird, hence the eponymous name of my blog and website. And for the last 25 years, I have been a film and television writer and producer in Hollywood.  I have written and/or produced a dozen films and nearly 250 episodes of network television. You can see my credits here.

I am also the husband of one wife (29 years) and the father of five children, which makes me sort of an oddball in Hollywood — a business which can be particularly harsh on marriage and family. I believe in God and I believe in the power of Story to affirm life, faith and the dignity of all people.

I offer all these professional and personal credentials not out of hubris, but to show you that even an average schmuck like me can rise out of obscurity and actually find success in one of the most competitive businesses in the world.  And live to talk about it.

When I began contemplating joining the online revolution, I asked myself two hard questions:

  1. Am I really committed enough to keep this website fresh and meaningful?
  2. Will there be anybody out there listening?

Well, to the first, I guess you’ll ultimately have to be the judge of that.  I will absolutely do my best to make this site the most helpful, hopeful journey through the screenwriting and filmmaking trade as I can.  I pledge to bring you tools, tips, training, resources, shortcuts, insider knowledge, battlefield strategies and answers to your questions. I will blog about my own creative and not-so-creative experiences, and offer my opinions about life, art, religion, politics and culture.  I will speak out of school if I have to and tweak noses when they are out of joint. And I will be generous with my praise because God loves a cheerful giver.  And I hope that all of this will encourage you if you’re floundering in the middle of this very capricious business, or open some doors for you if you’re standing on the outside with your heart on fire.

To my second question, I can only point to a recent experience that was very humbling for me.  A young writer I’ll simply call “Pete” found my number somewhere and called to ask if he could have 30 minutes of time.  It’s not something I do very often because frankly I could spend 40 hours a week meeting with new writers hungry for advice.  However, in this case I said yes.  So we met and had coffee and some nice meaningful conversation, and I could tell that this young man was going places with his talents.  I later found out that he drove all the way from Northern California for 30 minutes of my time.

So, it is for the Petes of this world that I offer this website.  I hope somehow it enlightens you, helps you hone your skills, makes you laugh once in awhile…  and blesses your socks off.

And I look forward to hearing from you often in the comment box, or at info@brianbird.net.

About Brian Bird

10 Replies

  1. Don Bishop

    Hi Brian….. Although I’m not a writer, I will check your blog from time to time to read your insights. I’m proud to have known you when you were just starting out with a dream to do what God has allowed you to do. You have done a great job and have not forsaken your wonderful roots in Christianity. Your relationship with Jesus Christ has remained the most important thing in your life. I tried to do the same thing in my career. May God continue to Bless you, your marriage, your family and your passions. Don Bishop

  2. Thanks for checking it out, Don. Appreciate your kind words and the example you are setting for all of us even now.

  3. David Nichols

    Hi, Brian —

    What a great, generous idea. And as an old (verrrry) friend and colleague I know how much you have to offer. I hope those who contact you will appreciate what you’re giving them. Bless you — would love to hear from you…

    –David

  4. Hi praise coming from you, David! Thanks for the nice words, and would love to reconnect with you, too!

  5. Craig Galbraotj

    Hi Brian

    After watching many good and bad inspirational Christian films I began pondering what story structure element make for a successful inspirational film My obserations were that the good ones used empathy to hook the audience in; underdog status to shape the rising arch; character has flaws and ambitious personal and spiritual goals. Inspirational films that aim at changing lives have life lessons in them? It shows us our potential in Christ Jesus.

    Defn of Inspire: ” To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence; To stimulate to action; motivate; To breathe life into..”

    I’d really like to hear your views (suggestion : maybe there could be a genre heading for this under resouces?) Maybe this could help others, as this seems to be a surge of these films lately.

  6. Just an odd comment. No idea how I found your site (but glad I did) Years ago for a college class I wrote a spec script for TBA. I tried for more than a year and only got about two agents to even read it. Since then – no more spec scripts for TV – everytime I try, the show gets cancelled! But look forward to your insights as someone on the inside who still keeps the faith!

  7. Thanks for finding me, Vince, and the nice words. Glad to have you checking in from time to time, and hope my two cents will jumpstart where you want to go with your creative desires. I’m hoping this site turns into a vibrant exchange of ideas. Pass the word to anybody you think might also benefit.

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