Screenwriting Articles

Welcome to our archive of screenwriting articles, written by BlueCat founder and judge Gordy Hoffman.

We hope they shed light on possible solutions to the challenges you might face as a screenwriter.

Please contact us if you have any comments or questions. Do you have an idea of a future screenwriting article? Let us know.


The Baby Still Lacks A Name: Picking The Title of Your Script

  Why are you reading this? Most likely because you don’t like what you’re calling your screenplay. What’s it called? Do you have a title or a working title? A working title is a title that sucks that you put on the file of your script, right? I’m writing something right now that doesn’t have […]

7 Steps to Writing Your Screenplay

1. Choosing a Story          Most professional writers I know have a surplus of ideas. Because of this they tend to think little of them. But choosing a good concept is, in many ways, the most important step of all, assuming you follow through on all the others. You want a concept which, when described, […]

5 Storytelling Flaws in The Great Gatsby

I haven’t read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby since I was in the ninth grade, twenty years ago now, but I do remember it being a quick read; at fifty thousand words, an average reader can go cover to cover in little more than four hours. Watching the most recent film adaptation takes about […]

Top 5 Silent Sequences in Film #BlueCatBlog

Theater has dialogue, novels have the internal lives of characters, and movies have dynamic visuals. There is, of course, overlap. Many films are driven by dialogue, as are many novels, and the visuals in a Robert Wilson operetta are more important than mere words. But film is, as the cliché goes, a visual medium, and […]

Four Screenwriting Lessons We Can Learn from Iron Man 3

I don’t usually like to go to movies on their opening weekend—crowds of more than twenty tend to make me nervous—but it can occasionally be fun to see a big movie in a packed house. You get caught up in the atmosphere of the whole affair and have a better time than you would were […]