As the War Machine Keeps Turning: The Changing Landscape of Consumer Viewership

  by Andrew Schwartz   “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs,” says a blindly self-assured General Glenn McMahon (Brad Pitt) to a host of war-weary Afghani villagers whose death of a local boy at the hands of the US Marines has shaken them to their core. This may be the perfect […]

1000 Words to Write By

by Deanna Carlyle All the writing advice in the world can’t replace good tools and lots of practice. This is why I’ve compiled the following list of more than a thousand action verbs. I needed a handy, printable reference tool that didn’t strain my eyes or wrists. Try it for yourself sometime. It works. Note: […]

Gender Roles in Space: How Alien: Covenant Breathes a New Life into an Old Story

  By Andrew Schwartz   As it relates to the decades-old, genre-defining film-franchise, Alien: Covenant serves one true purpose: to explain the origin of the film’s legendary Xenomorph. Supported by an excellent cast, beautifully haunting sequences and a narrative fit for the top-earning franchise, Covenant has something for newcomers and old fans alike. The film […]

Five Museums to Inspire Your Next Feature

by Christina K. Holmes Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Humblebaek, Denmark. Fancy a trip abroad to get the creative juices flowing? Look no further than a small city north of Copenhagen on the Danish-Swedish border. A modern art museum on the shores of the Oresund Sound, the Lousiana museum was founded by an expert beekeeper […]

2 Weeks to Deadline

The Regular Deadline for the 2017 BlueCat Screenplay Competition is only two weeks away! All submissions submitted by June 1st, 2017 will receive their written analysis by July 1st, 2017. Along with accepting feature screenplays and short scripts, BlueCat is now accepting pilot scripts. Our Submission Fee will increase after June 1st. AWARDS Feature Screenplay […]

How to Avoid “On the Nose” Dialogue

      Dialogue, it’s a crucial part of any successful script, but also the easiest element to get wrong. Novice writers will often write flat dialogue where characters simply state how they feel, asserting a beat within a scene instead of massaging it into place. If a character is tired, a flat piece of […]

King Arthur: The Intersection Between Hollywood and Modern Politics

What works, what doesn’t, and what this film says about the time in which it was produced. By Andrew L. Schwartz   In Hollywood, the 2017 summer season is off to a predictable start. With Warner Bros’. new release, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Hollywood has proven its reluctance to break away from the […]

Writing the Screenplay: One Pomodoro at a Time

Writing the Screenplay: One Pomodoro at a Time by Charlotte Winters By now, you know that the key to writing a 110-page screenplay is to break things down.  Break your story down into acts, break your acts down into beats, and break your beats down into objectives, obstacles, and stakes.  Maybe you’ve already done this, […]


The BlueCat Screenplay, now in its 19th year, is now accepting submissions for its 2017 competition. Founded by award winning writer/director Gordy Hoffman in 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today. Our Winners and Finalists have been signed by major talent agencies […]

F​ilm by Former BlueCat Winner Ana Lily Amirpour Wins Special Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival

The Bad Batch, a film by former BlueCat competition winner Ana Lily Amirpour, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 73rd Venice Film Festival on September 10. The movie tells the story of an off-kilter romance set within a cannibal community, and stars the likes of Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, and Suki Waterhouse. It […]

Guest Post: 5 Tech Tools Budding Screenwriters Should Invest In

  The internet has transformed the world of screenwriting. There is a plethora of technologies to support budding writers to hone their craft and create the best possible material. Whether they’re taking care of the formatting so you don’t have to worry about it, supporting you in your research or aiding your planning and brainstorming, […]

UK Script Rewrite Course

Fall 2016 – The BlueCat Screenplay Competition Launches 10-Week Online Writing Course! DATE: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 – Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 TIME: 19:00 – 22:00 London Time (GMT+01:00) / 11:00 a.m. – 02:00 p.m. L.A. Time (PST) FEE: $895 / £680 (Payment plan available) REGISTER HERE! Limited to 7 participants
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Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining: Who is the Antagonist?

Kubrick’s film adaptation of “The Shining” focuses on how thin the line between rationality and irrationality can be in the human psyche. This theme is frequently reinforced by symbols such as the big maze outside the Hotel that illustrates the ease with which one can lose their own essence. The director is so clever that […]

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

  Check out our friends at the CINEQUEST Screenwriting Competition who empower writers to GET DISCOVERD & GET PRODUCED! $8,000 in cash prizes is up for grabs for the winning features, shorts, and teleplays. BlueCat members can enjoy promo code CINEQUEST5 for $5 off screenplay and teleplay entries to Cinequest! “Cinequest was thrilled to connect […]

London Screenwriters’ Festival 2016

Disconnect from reality and reconnect with inspiration!   September 2-4   Get £53 off with code BLUECAT-16X It’s not just about the amazing people at the front of the room, it’s about you and the people you are sitting next to. You will see a lot of people smiling at the London Screenwriters’ Festival and […]

New GoalPost Video: Gordy introduces Screenplay Writing Challenge

Gordy Hoffman, judge and founder of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, talks about GoalPost, starting August 1st. Throughout the whole month, BlueCat’s writers will write 3 pages per day, every day, sharing their daily progress on our Facebook Group and encouraging each other in the pursuit of completing an entire screenplay in one month. What to […]

GoalPost: write a screenplay in 31 days!

This August, join the BlueCat’s GoalPost writing challenge and complete a feature-length screenplay in one month! It’s completely free. All you have to do is to write 3 pages per day, join our Facebook Group and share your daily progress within our creative community of writers led by BlueCat’s judge and founder Gordy Hoffman. No […]

Table Reading of 2016 Winner in New Orleans

  “MONA. RICHY. ROBBY. AND RAY”, Orethia C. Smith’s screenplay has grabbed the winner’s spot in the 2016 BlueCat feature competition. However, it’s success doesn’t end there. After discovering these upcoming talented writers, we do all we can to bring their screenplays to life. To let the writers hear and see the words they have […]

2015 Feature Finalist Palmer Horton premieres new short film on ESPN about Elvis Presley’s passion for racquetball

  ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts Continues With Slate of Five New Films 2015 Feature Finalist Palmer Horton’s film, “When The King Held Court,” is about Elvis Presley’s passion for racquetball and the impact it had on his life.    WATCH NOW  “When The King Held Court” Directed by Palmer Holton The name Elvis […]

2015 Shorts Finalist Darren Tibbits Launches Kickstarter Campaign!

  Watch the trailer for 2015 Finalist D. R. Tibbits Kickstarter campaign and learn more about his acclaimed short script PINEBOX, starring Clifton Collins, Jr., Ann Magnuson and Brian T. Finney. Watch on Kickstarter