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Welcome to Fantasy Island, Part 2

Sometimes I get asked by aspiring writers and producers how my career in film and TV got started. While there are undoubtedly as many paths to success as there are successful people, that old saying “it’s who you know that counts” is actually true in Hollywood. The word “nepotism” comes from the Greek word “nepos,” which means “nephew.” And in my case, that shoe fits… literally.

Welcome to Fantasy Island, Part 1

Sometimes I get asked by aspiring writers and producers how my career in film and TV got started. While there are undoubtedly as many paths to success as there are successful people, that old saying “it’s who you know that counts” is actually true in Hollywood. The word “nepotism” comes from the Greek word nepos, which means “nephew.” And in my case, that shoe fits… literally. So here’s Part 1 of how it all started for me.

What the heck is BRIANBIRD.NET?

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.

God was a writer… now you be a writer

One big reason why I’m so passionate about people of faith taking a bigger role in the arts comes from a personal epiphany (“theophany”?) I had late one night in 2001.

22 unwritten rules for screenwriters

Ever wonder why movies seem to resemble each other in so many ways? Or why action scenes all seem to be staged by the same choreographer? Or why certain story points keep repeating themselves in film after film? Here are the answers: