One of Akira Kurosawa’s many gifts was staging scenes in ways that were bold, simple and visual. Take a look at the uncomplicated but effective staging in a scene from his 1960 film, The Bad Sleep Well.
Fresh from the success of E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982, Steven Spielberg discusses some screenwriting strategy with interviewer Melvyn Bragg.
Blue’s Beats is a new blog series where we break down various nominated feature screenplays by identifying and discussing their important beats. Today we’ll be taking a look at the 2004 romantic science-fiction comedy-drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michael Gondry. The film won an Academy Award for […]
To register for this workshop: Chicago Screenwriting Workshop – August 9th THE FULL SCRIPT WORKSHOP (Limit 7 Writers) $225 Participants read seven screenplays in advance of the workshop. During the workshop, Gordy provides direct and in-depth feedback on each screenplay, with everyone encouraged to contribute his or her own thoughts and concerns. Each writer […]
To register for this workshop or to find out more details: Vancouver Screenwriting Workshop – August 29 THE FULL SCRIPT WORKSHOP (Limit 7 Writers) $225 Participants read seven screenplays in advance of the workshop. During the workshop, Gordy provides direct and in-depth feedback on each screenplay, with everyone encouraged to contribute his or her […]
Can a story be told through movement alone? Filmmaking legend Akira Kurosawa displays his masterful composition of motion in this short video.
Now accepting Feature length and Short screenplays! Submit Every year, BlueCat provides a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success. PRIZES BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY $15,000 Grand Prize Four Finalists $2500 Prize BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY $10,000 […]
The use of silence is a powerful tool in any filmmaker’s toolbox. This short video exhibits its often profound effect.
Boyhood director Richard Linklater discusses his thoughts on the necessity of film school.
For screenwriters on the move, creativity just became even more portable. The makers of Final Draft® – the number one-selling screenwriting software in the world – today released Final Draft Writer® for iPhone, an update to the already popular Writer app for iPad. With the Final Draft Writer app, screenwriters are able to write, edit […]
Ryan is a WGA member, is represented by WME and Anonymous Content, his work has been made into a major motion picture, and he has sold both film and TV projects. After years as a working writer in Hollywood he has a practical perspective about what producers, agents, directors and talent want to hear and read […]
In today’s digital age, Guillermo del Toro adamantly believes that anyone can be a director. Yes, even you!
Blue’s Beats is a new blog series where we break down various nominated feature screenplays by identifying and discussing their important beats. Today we’ll be taking a look at the 2007 neo-noir Western thriller No Country for Old Men, written and directed by the Coen Brothers. The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best […]
Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Once Upon a Time In Mexico) talks with legendary director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now) in this career-spanning interview.
George Miller, the man behind the Mad Max franchise, discusses his newest picture, Fury Road, in this fascinating interview.
How does director Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson, Only God Forgives) create such well-composed and visually engaging shots? Find out in this short video.
J.J. Abrams (Star Trek: Into Darkness, Super 8) fills us in on balancing intimacy with hyperreality, why TV leaves room for surprises, and the best advice he’s ever been given.
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Leonardo Noboru de Lima, the 16 year old Brazilian winner of BlueCat’s International Screenwriting Prize, The Joplin Award, was featured on Brazilian talk show, Manhattan Connecttion last Sunday, June 14th. Manhattan Connecttion, airing for over two decades, is taped in New York City, but is broadcast in Brazil on Globo News, the first 24-hour news channel […]
Why are most comedies so boring these days? This video breaks it down using Edgar Wright’s films as examples of how comedy is done properly.