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BLUE’S BEATS SPECIAL EDITION – “Star Wars”

Blue’s Beats is a blog series where we break down various feature screenplays by identifying and discussing their important beats.   Over the past several decades since the first Star Wars film was released, the franchise has transcended to become a powerful force of global popular culture, spawning cartoon specials, television shows, comic books, hundreds […]

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2015 Summer Blockbuster Retrospective: Action Movies

    Summer is the season of superheroes and explosions, daring stunts (Did you see Tom Cruise hanging off of an airplane?) and gigantic budgets. It’s not hard to find a good action flick during the summer months, if that’s what you’re into. But, now with the summer winding down, we move on to more […]

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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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BLUE’S BEATS #15 – “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK”

  Blue’s Beats is a blog series where we break down various feature screenplays by identifying and discussing their important beats.   With the end of the 2015 summer movie season upon us, we will take a look at a classic summer movie, and one of my personal favorites, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Released […]

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BlueCat Box Office Update: Straight Outta Compton Staying Strong – We Are Your Friends Falls Hard

    Straight Outta Compton beat out Christian themed War Room to take the top spot at the weekend box office for the third weekend in a row. The N.W.A. biopic brought in $13.2 million, down 49.8% from last weekend. War Room, the story of a married couple looking to mend their relationship through prayer, […]

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5 Influential Films from Master of Horror Wes Craven

    The world of film and fans of genre mourn the passing of one of horror’s greatest influences, Wes Craven. Late Sunday, the influential filmmaker, who introduced the world to the likes of Freddy Krueger and Ghostface, lost a hard fought battle with brain cancer. He was 76. In his honor, BlueCat celebrates his […]

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Early Deadline: September 1st

  Calling all screenwriters! The 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition is currently accepting Feature and Short screenplays. Every entry receives script analysis! Early Deadline: SEPTEMBER 1st, 2015 Submit by Tuesday, September 1st @ Midnight PDT and receive analysis by October 1st.  Entry fees will also increase after September 1st.   Feature Grand Prize: $15,000 Four Finalists: […]

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Birdman – Anatomy of a Scene with Alejandro González Iñárritu

    Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was a surprise hit of 2014, at least as far as small, independently produced films are concerned. It went on to win multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing for Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Best Original […]

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2015 Fall Movie Preview

  With the Summer Movie Season winding down, moviegoers and cinephiles can expect fewer explosions and less CGI, in exchange for more drama and award worthy performances. Fall offers a plethora of Oscars hopefuls, along with a few blockbusters thrown in for good measure. We at BlueCat have compiled a list of 15 films to […]

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Dog Bowl Returns to LA this Labor Day!

    After its world premier at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and its Los Angeles premier at the LA Film Festival, Dog Bowl is set to make its return to the City of Angels at the LA Shorts Fest this Labor Day! In Dog Bowl, written and directed by BlueCat founder and judge Gordy Hoffman, a heartbroken […]

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Dog Bowl at the Portland Film Festival!

  After premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Dog Bowl, written and directed by BlueCat founder and judge Gordy Hoffman, is coming to the Portland Film Festival (PDXFF15) in Portland, Oregon! Dog Bowl is included in the “Shorts Block 3 – Narrative on Family” and will show at 4:15pm on Thursday, September 3rd at the Academy […]

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BlueCat Exclusive: Interview with Director and Screenwriter Bob Byington

Following up his award winning, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Austin, Texas based actor, screenwriter, and director, Bob Byington, is back with his latest independent comedy, 7 Chinese Brothers, which premiered at Austin’s 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival and stars Jason Schwartzman. I was given the opportunity to ask Mr. Byington a few questions […]

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BLUE’S BEATS #14 – “Inception”

  Blue’s Beats is a blog series where we break down various feature screenplays by identifying and discussing their important beats.   Today we will take a look at the 2010 science fiction film, Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film received several nominations at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture […]

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Caption this Photo for your chance to win a Free Entry!

  Want to win a free entry to the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition? Caption this photo of Marci Miller and Tomas Oscar Andren behind the scenes on set, day 3 of 3, of Gordy Hoffman‘s short film Dog Bowl. Best caption wins!   Rules: 3 captions per contestant maximum. All entries must be posted on […]

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Take One: Fear On Film

Host Mick Garris talks terror with directors David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, and John Landis in this program that originally aired on the Los Angeles based Z-Channel in the early 1980s. Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 20,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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SUBMIT YOUR FEATURE SCREENPLAY!

  Calling all screenwriters!   The 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition is currently accepting Feature Screenplays between 65 and 125 pages in length.   All entries receive Script Analysis!   Early Entry Deadline: SEPTEMBER 1st, 2015 *All analysis will be sent by October 1st. Entry Fee: $60 2016 Rules and Guidelines   SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY   […]

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“Time Bandits” Interview with Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin

Director Terry Gilliam and screenwriter Michael Palin discuss what is perhaps their most enduring work, Time Bandits, in this three-part interview.  Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 20,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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James Cameron’s “Xenogenesis”

A genetically engineered man and woman travel via starship to find a new home for the human race in James Cameron’s short film from 1978.  Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 20,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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Mad Max: Fury Road – Anatomy of a Scene with George Miller

George Miller narrates a sequence from Mad Max: Fury Road, featuring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult.   Thanks for signing up! Sign up for the BlueCat Weekly Screenwriting Newsletter! Join 20,000 subscribers Email Address Sign Up

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BlueCat Box Office Update: Straight Outta Compton Wins the Weekend

BlueCat Screenplay Competition offers a weekend (August 14th-16th, 2015) Box Office update, data courtesy of Box Office Mojo. Universal’s Straight Outta Compton dominated the weekend box office, opening at number one with $56.1 million, bumping Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation to number two. Produced by original N.W.A. members, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, and directed by […]