Archive for June, 2014

Script Formatting

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Script Formatting

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discusses the proper way to format your script. You have probably read many articles on the subject. Maybe they even contain contradictory examples. Gordy suggests not to stress too much about the type of software that you use to write your screenplay, nor should you spend to much time trying to figure out the minutia of formatting rules.

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Writing Animation

Friday, June 20th, 2014

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman offers advice on how to pursue a career in writing animation. The path may seem different from live-action storytelling, but the two are much similar than they appear

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Approaching Dialogue: BlueCat Advice Video

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman with some advice for approaching dialogue. Gordy believes the world is not divided into those who have an ear for dialogue and those who do not. He posits that if you are struggling with dialogue, you probably are not really paying attention to the way people speak. 

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Completed Scripts: How Many Should I Have Before Attempting to Secure Representation – BlueCat Advice Video

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman talks about how many completed scripts a writer should have in their arsenal before attempting to secure representation. While you may have heard that a writer needs to have multiple scripts at-the-ready before approaching an agent, Gordy says to make sure you have at least one screenplay, preferably a couple more, that is in rock solid shape, not several half-baked ideas.

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Flashbacks Within Flashbacks: BlueCat Advice Video

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman on flashbacks within flashbacks. Gordy says that while the technique is not unheard of, it’s most likely not the most efficient way to convey information in your story. If you find yourself writing a flashback within a flashback, you may want to re-approach how you are laying out information in your script. Flashbacks within flashbacks tend to quickly become convoluted, and the goal of your script is to convey information as concisely as possible. So, it’s best to tread carefully if this is the route you choose to take. 

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WGA Registration: BlueCat Advice Video

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discuss how frequently to update your WGA registration. Some writers worry that they need to resubmit their script with the WGA every time they make a change to their screenplay. They worry that if this is the case, they will go broke from the fees. Gordy says that registering with the WGA only needs to happen a handful of times throughout the life of writing your script.

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Ghost Writers: BlueCat Advice Video

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

In this BlueCat Advice Video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discuss using ghost writers to complete your script.  Gordy says that while he does not necessarily recommend the practice, there are people out there who will complete your screenplay.

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Screenplay Scene Length: BlueCat Advice Video

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Screenplay Scene Length: BlueCat Advice Video

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman talks about the appropriate length of a scene for your screenplay. Many writers worry about their scenes being too long or too short for a feature film. Gordy says that having a mixed amount of scene lengths is good for the pacing of your film.

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Securing Representation: BlueCat Advice Video

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Securing Representation: BlueCat Advice Video

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discusses the best way to get representation: write better screenplays. There is no shortage of demand for great screenplays. There is, however, a shortage of them. If you can write a great screenplay, people will notice, and people will come to you.

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Establishing Tone: BlueCat Advice Video

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

In this video, Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discusses the necessity of establishing tone in the opening of your film. Many writers want to know if they can open their film with grotesque imagery. Gordy mentions films that have successfully used horrific imagery in their opening minutes, but it was always done in the service of story. If you are using shock for shock’s sake, it is not going to work.

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Writing Love Stories: BlueCat Advice Video

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discussing writing love stories without relying on exotic locales or period settings.  Gordy says that love stories have been a genre since the Nickelodeon era. People love to see movies about love. The best resource for writing love stories is diving in your own experiences with love and being honest about those experiences.

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Writing Action Descriptions: BlueCat Advice Video

Monday, June 16th, 2014

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discusses properly writing action descriptions into your screenplay.  For the most part, action descriptions should be confined to the parenthetical below the character’s name, or in its own paragraph. Gordy says to not write too much detail into action descriptions because you do not want to discourage improvisation from your actors.

 

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Opposing Screenwriting Notes: What to Do – BlueCat Advice Video

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Opposing Screenwriting Notes: What to Do – BlueCat Advice Video

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discusses what do when you receive opposing notes on your screenplay. Gordy says that screenplay writing is an art, not a science, so you are bound to get opposing suggestions from people from time to time. When this happens, Gordy says to think about the origin of where this part of your script that you are getting notes on came from. Really think about why you included it in the first place. Does removing it or changing the portion affect your resonance with your characters for the worse? If so, it may be okay to ignore.

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Active Voice: BlueCat Advice Video

Monday, June 16th, 2014

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discusses the active voice in screenwriting.  A lot of writers feel that using active voice is superior to passive. This is typically the case in literature and academic writing. However, in screenplay writing, the active voice seems to become more of a formatting concern than a genuine problem with your screenplay.

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Multiple Perspectives in Your Screenplay: BlueCat Advice Video

Friday, June 13th, 2014

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discusses the tricky task of incorporating multiple perspectives into your screenplay. Certainly a possible feat, incorporating multiple perspectives requires nurturing each character with the proper amount of energy to establish a strong enough connection to them to maintain that resonance while you build another character.

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How to Win a Screenplay Competition: BlueCat Advice Video

Friday, June 13th, 2014

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge, Gordy Hoffman explains how to win a screenplay competition. Any winner of BlueCat has made Gordy laugh out loud or cry. Being able to capture emotion in your writing is essential.

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How to win a screenplay competition

Founded by writer Gordy Hoffman, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has been discovering and developing writers for over twenty years. Each writer who enters BlueCat is guaranteed a written analysis by one of our talented readers, in the hopes of providing constructive feedback that will help you grow as a writer. 

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Film School Advice: BlueCat Advice Video

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman lays out some film school advice. Though Gordy had a professionally produced screenplay while never before attending film school, Gordy learned from his experience of teaching at USC for the first time that there were several benefits to attending film school.

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Feedback Without Solutions: BlueCat Advice Video

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discusses receiving feedback without solutions. When you receive a note on your script that does not contain the solution to fix it, you should not fret. It’s not necessarily the reader or critiquer’s job to fix your screenplay for you. Just because they did not fix the problem, does not mean the problem does not exist. You should use your creative and critical thinking abilities to find a solution.

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Time Needed to Write a Great Script: BlueCat Advice Video

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discusses the amount of time needed to write a great script. Could you do it in eight days? It’s possible. But Gordy suggests taking your time with your script. Don’t ignore voices in your head that point out when you are taking shortcuts to success.

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Time Needed to Write A Great Script

Founded by writer Gordy Hoffman, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has been discovering and developing writers for over twenty years. Each writer who enters BlueCat is guaranteed a written analysis by one of our talented readers, in the hopes of providing constructive feedback that will help you grow as a writer.

 

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Similar Screenplays in the Market: BlueCat Advice Video

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

In this video, BlueCat Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discusses what to do if there are similar screenplays in the market. At some point in your screenwriting career, you’ll get into writing a screenplay and notice that the movie you are currently writing is more or less already being made. That’s why it is important to do your research before and while you are writing. Should you abandon your project? If you’re looking to sell it, most likely. Agents will not be interested in product that has already hit the market. However, there are less-commercial options available for salvaging your writing.

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Founded by writer Gordy Hoffman, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has been discovering and developing writers for over twenty years. Each writer who enters BlueCat is guaranteed a written analysis by one of our talented readers, in the hopes of providing constructive feedback that will help you grow as a writer. 

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