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Michael Bay: What is Bayhem?

Love him or hate him, Bay has something valuable to teach us about visual perception. This video essay explores “Bayhem” — his style of camera movement, composition and editing that creates something overblown, dynamic and distinct.   Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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Wes Anderson and Yasujirō Ozu

This video essay explores the stylistic similarities between Wes Anderson and Japanese filmmaking legend Yasujirō Ozu.      Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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Blue’s Beats #11 – “Chinatown”

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 1976 neo-noir mystery, Chinatown, written by Robert Towne and directed by Roman Polanski. The film won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the 1975 Academy […]

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1993 “Reservoir Dogs” Interview with Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino comments on the runaway success of Reservoir Dogs in this rare interview from 1993.  Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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F for Fake: How to Structure a Video Essay

What can Orson Welles’s 1973 masterpiece, F for Fake, teach us about narrative structure? Find out in this short video.   Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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Wolf Children: The Lateral Tracking Shot

Take a look at the unique and memorable lateral tracking shots in Mamoru Hosoda’s 2012 animated feature, Wolf Children. Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing a Classic

Tom Schulman, writer of Dead Poets Society, deconstructs the story’s journey from script to screen, along with his unique working relationships on set with Robin Williams and director Peter Weir. Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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Paul Thomas Anderson On Max Ophüls

No stranger to the magic of the tracking-shot himself, acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson shares his thoughts on the master of the art, Max Ophüls.  Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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Script Consultations for Beginners: A Consultant Explains

Let’s face it, every family member and friend you give your script to will think of something positive to say about it. Your mom will claim genius and your best friend will wonder out loud if you’ll thank him or her in your Oscar speech. But, come on. If you’re a beginning screenwriter, you know […]

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Snowpiercer: Left or Right?

How do you visually convey a character’s decision-making process? Bong Jun-ho’s Snowpiercer provides one possible answer.  Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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The Making of Young Frankenstein

Mel Brooks’s long and storied career includes such luminaries as Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, and The Producers, but true Brooks fans will always have a special appreciation for the comedic brilliance of Young Frankenstein. Enjoy this short “making-of” video courtesy of AMC.  Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 […]

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Blue’s Beats #10 – “Dallas Buyers Club”

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 2013 American biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club, written by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. The film was nominated for Best Original […]

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The Secret to A Good Sequel

This short video sheds some light onto the secrets of making a worthwhile sequel.  Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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The Cinema of Michael Mann

Explore director Michael Mann’s aesthetic, thematic, and narrative patterns across his filmography in this short video.  Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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Scorsese’s 39 Must-See Foreign Films

Ever the champion of visual literacy, Martin Scorsese enumerates his 39 must-see foreign films in an effort to jump-start the cinematic education of aspiring filmmakers. Scorsese’s list is as follows: 1. Metropolis 2. Nosferatu 3. Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler 4. Napoleon 5. Grand Illusion 6. The Rules of the Game 7. Children of Paradise 8. Open […]

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BlueCat Alum’s Latest Feature Optioned by NZFC

Screenwriter Guy McDouall, winner of BlueCat’s Joplin Award during our 2012 competition, has been making waves in the world of New Zealand cinema. His award-winning feature, Random Acts of Violence, has been optioned and is currently in development with the help of the New Zealand Film Commission.  Random Acts of Violence, McDouall’s first feature, follows a […]

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Lynne Ramsay: The Poetry of Details

This video considers some of the detail-oriented visual poetry in a few scenes from Lynne Ramsay’s filmography.  Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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How to Properly Format Your Title

In the treacherous world of screenwriting, many authors concern themselves with the occasionally obscure, often arcane practice of formatting and presenting their scripts. Industry professionals agree that the body of the work should be written in 12-point Courier font—a comfortable industry standard—but the correct formatting of the title, however, remains furiously contested.  Of the various factions perpetually […]

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1979 Interview With David Lynch

David Lynch casually chats about some of the directorial choices in Eraserhead, including the decision to emphasize his trademark darkly surreal comedy.  Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 18,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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The 50 Best B-Movie Titles of All Time

In an effort to maintain its platinum standard of high-quality journalism, The Hollywood Reporter has compiled this list of the fifty greatest schlocky B-movie titles of all time. The list, which can be viewed in more detail here, is as follows: 1. Superman and the Mole Men 2. Untamed Women 3. The Mesa of Lost […]