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5 Sundance Films to See in 2016

    This is but a small sampling of the fantastic film fare to screen this year at Sundance in Park City, Utah. Check out five of the films I am most looking forward to seeing in 2016.   The Birth of a Nation   The Birth of a Nation is the feature directorial debut […]

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Blue’s Beats #24 – Straight Outta Compton

  F. Gary Gray‘s NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, was one of 2015’s biggest and best surprise hits. The film chronicles the creation, dissolution, and near re-birth of the popular hip hop group that defined a new generation of music and popular culture in the late 1980s and 1990s. Straight Outta Compton opened to both critical and commercial acclaim, […]

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2016 BlueCat Screenplay Quarter-Finalists

We are proud to announce the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Quarter-Finalists!   Congratulations to everyone who has placed, and a special thanks to all of you who submitted your screenplays!   This year, we received a total of 4,523 Feature and 2,086 Short Screenplays.   For the International Awards, we received a total of 503 […]

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BlueCat Alumnus Zeke Farrow’s New Film to Premiere at 2016 SXSW

  BlueCat Alumnus Zeke Farrow’s latest project, Before the Sun Explodes, which he co-wrote and produced with Debra Eisenstadt, will have its World Premiere at the 2016 South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas! Before the Sun Explodes is the story of, “A comedian, his wife and the woman who’s stalking him,” was also directed […]

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8 Tips for Screenwriters

Looking for some tips and tricks to hone your screenwriting skills? Are you a novice screenwriter in need of helpful screenwriting resources? Filmmaker and video blogger, Darious Britt, offers 8 Tips for Screenwriters. From the seemingly obvious, like write every day, to something you may not have considered, like take acting classes, these 8 tips […]

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Read the 2016 Oscar Nominated Best Adapted Screenplays

  The 2016 Oscar nominations have been announced! Read four of the five scripts nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay before the show on Sunday, February 28th, 2016! *Drew Goddard‘s script for The Martian, adapted from the novel by Andy Weir, was also nominated in this category, but is not currently available for legal download.   The Big […]

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Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter: Screenwriters Round Table

Some of the past year’s most notable screenwriters join for The Hollywood Reporter’s Writer Oscar Roundtable, including Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs), Emma Donoghue (Room), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), and Nick Hornby (Brooklyn). Donoghue, McCarthy, LeFauve, and Hornby have each been nominated in the writing categories for the 88th Annual […]

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Creative Spark: Screenwriter Stephen Schiff

Screenwriter Stephen Schiff (Lolita, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) takes viewers inside his creative process in an exploration of where ideas come from. Courtesy of Creative Spark, an Academy Originals video series.

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Read the 2016 Oscar Nominated Best Original Screenplays

  The 2016 Oscar nominations have been announced! Read the scripts nominated for Best Original Screenplay before the show on Sunday, February 28th, 2016!   Bridge of Spies   – Written by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen – Directed by Steven Spielberg – Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda Read the Script     […]

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Directors Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson geeking out over 70mm film

Directors Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master) sat down for a forty minute conversation with critic Pete Hammond to discuss the revival in large-format film. Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight was shot in Ultra Panavision 70mm — the first film since 1966’s Khartoum to do so. From the The […]

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BlueCat Review: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

I’m not sure anyone expected the release of a new Star Wars film to be met with anything other than unfettered excitement and enthusiasm. However, I also can’t imagine that the latest installment, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, was entirely expected to do as well as it has, smashing through nearly every box-office […]

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First Trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse has Dropped!

    The first trailer for 20th Century Fox’s hotly anticipated threequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, has dropped! Apocalypse is Director Bryan Singer‘s fourth X-Men film, following 2000’s X-Men, 2003’s X2, and 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. This will reportedly be the final film in the trilogy that began with Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class in 2011, which introduced us to James McAvoy as Professor […]

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Tips and Tricks for Overcoming Writer’s Block

    Suffering from writer’s block? Filmmaker and video blogger, Darious Britt, offers up these helpful tips and tricks to combat the various different types of writer’s block! Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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IndieWire Interview with “Chi-Raq” Screenwriter Kevin Willmott

    “Indiewire recently talked to Kevin Willmott, a filmmaker and film professor at the University of Kansas, about his collaboration with director Spike Lee and how their research trips to Chicago changed both men and made making “Chi-Raq” feel like an emergency.” Read the full interview here. Chi-Raq is now playing in select theaters. Thanks for […]

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Anatomy of a Scene with Josh Mond – “James White”

    Screenwriter and director Josh Mond dissects the opening scene of his new film, James White, starring Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon, in this installment of the New York Times video series “Anatomy of a Scene.” “James, a twenty-something New Yorker, struggles to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family […]

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Every Frame a Painting: Buster Keaton – The Art of the Gag

    “Before Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson, before Chuck Jones and Jackie Chan, there was Buster Keaton, one of the founding fathers of visual comedy. And nearly 100 years after he first appeared onscreen, we’re still learning from him. Today, I’d like to talk about the artistry (and the thinking) behind his gags.” Check […]

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Prepare for Awards Season with these 5 Noteworthy Scripts

  BlueCat has compiled five screenplays for your reading pleasure! Each of these films has garnered considerable buzz, so get ready for the impending awards season by sitting back and enjoying a good script!   1.) Beasts of No Nation – Written by Cary Fukunaga – Directed by Cary Fukunaga – Starring Idris Elba, Abraham Attah – […]

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BlueCat Finalist Producing Alzheimers Documentary

    BlueCat finalist, Vicki Speegle, is producing a documentary, In the Night I Remember Your Name, the story of her mother, a gay activist and pastor, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2005. “My Mom was a wife and a gay activist. A grandmother and a pastor. And she had Alzheimer’s. In the Night I […]

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10 Week First Draft Online Course with Gordy Hoffman

    Gordy Hoffman, BlueCat founder and judge, and award winning screenwriter and director (LOVE LIZA, DOG BOWL, A COAT OF SNOW) will lead an extensive, online screenwriting course this Spring. The First Draft Script Course is a 10 week class conducted via Skype, affording the convenience of workshopping your screenplay with Gordy on your own schedule, […]

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Anatomy of a Scene with Paul Weitz, Writer and Director of GRANDMA

    Screenwriter and director Paul Weitz breaks down a pivotal scene from his film, Grandma, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Grandma stars Lily Tomlin, Sam Elliott, Marcia Gay Harden, Julia Garner, and Judy Greer. Check out the video from The New York Times here. Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting […]