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The Hero’s Journey: How War for the Planet of the Apes Gets it Right

The Hero’s Journey: How War for the Planet of the Apes Gets it Right The third installment of the Planet of the Apes reboot brings the trilogy to a dramatic close and comes as a beacon of light for the future of Hollywood’s studio output. After a slew of mishandled and poorly received attempts at […]

What Should You Do When You Get Out Of Film School?

A fun sit-down with Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answering questions from up and coming filmmakers and screenwriters: Fresh out of Film School? What’s next? Check out this video of Gordy reassuring young filmmakers that the best is yet to come! And yes, pizza is involved…   Ask your own questions […]

A Ghost Story: Suspension of Disbelief in a Supernatural World

Of all the quasi-thrillers examined in the past few months, A Ghost Story, a film written and directed by David Lowery, typifies the kind of post-modern thriller that has dominated the summer circuit so far. In the same vein as The Beguiled or It Comes At Night, the thrills in A Ghost Story come not […]

Reader Tip: How to Use Music in Your Script

   Baby Driver is a non-stop thrill ride full of high-octane chase scenes expertly choreographed to a fast-paced soundtrack, and it comes highly recommended. As screenwriters, Baby Driver also shows how to use music not only as a way to convey the tone/feel of the script but also as a necessary way to move the […]

Location, Location, Location: How The Beguiled Uses Setting To Tell a Story

By: Andrew L. Schwartz A lesson that screenwriters can take from The Beguiled is how to use your location as a functioning external vice that forces characters to reveal their innermost conflicts. Director Sofia Coppola has long toyed with the notion of binding characters to their environment: from Versailles in Marie Antoinette to the suburbs […]

BlueCat Alum’s Ana Lily Amirpour’s Latest Triumph: The Bad Batch

by Breana Harris There are a lot of important lessons that screenwriters can learn from former Bluecat winner Ana Lily Amirpour. Last summer, when I was trying to finish a feature script I had begun in a screenwriting class, I struggled to figure out why I was so unhappy with it. I liked my characters […]

The Art of The Script Rewrite

A fun sit-down with Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answering questions from up and coming filmmakers and screenwriters:  Gordy stresses the importance of rewrites and why constantly editing your screenplay is crucial to the creative process.    Ask your own questions on Twitter and make sure to keep writing!

How to Overcome Writer’s Block!

A fun sit-down with Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answering questions from up and coming filmmakers and screenwriters:  Stuck in a rut? Gordy shares some advice on how to overcome writer’s block and find inspiration!   Ask your own questions on Twitter and make sure to keep writing!

10 Things You Don’t Need to Write A Screenplay

by Gordy Hoffman People are always telling you what you need to write a screenplay. Even I will tell you what’s required or demanded or unavoidable in writing screenplays. But I want to remind myself, and you, what you don’t need, specifically what you absolutely will never need to start writing a screenplay and become […]

The Handmaid’s Tale: A Voice-Over Exception that Works

by Breana Harris     Whether you have taken extensive screenwriting classes or simply read a book or two on the subject, you have probably heard the longtime industry consensus on voice-over narration in your scripts: please don’t do it.    Despite this unwritten rule, tons of beginning writers still feel like they’re the exception. […]

Bluecat Review – Rough Night

By Andrew L. Schwartz  A few weeks ago, Wonder Woman shattered world box-office records and brought a change of pace to Hollywood’s creative output by proving the world is ready for a female-driven superhero film helmed by a female director. This week, Rough Night, the first female directed R-rated comedy since It’s Complicated (2009), hit […]

How Important is Genre?

A fun sit-down with Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answering questions from up and coming filmmakers and screenwriters: How important is adopting a specific genre when writing a screenplay? Gordy explains the value of good storytelling when it comes to genre.   Ask your own questions on Twitter and make sure to keep writing!

Why Dramatic Structure is Important to a Comedy Scene

Have you ever struggled to make a comedic scene work? Maybe you’ve been working on it for a long time, maybe you keep coming back to it with new jokes and ideas but it’s still not working for the people you’re sharing your work with. This is a common issue that many writers grapple with […]

Managing Your Story Outline

A fun sit-down with Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answering questions from up and coming filmmakers and screenwriters: Should you always stick with your screenplay outline? Gordy explains how a writer should trust their instincts and be loyal to the story and its characters.   Ask your own questions on Twitter and […]

BlueCat Review – It Comes At Night

By Andrew Schwartz One year ago, writer-director, Trey Edward Shults, stated in an interview with NoFilmSchool.org, “my goal is to intermesh stuff that can find an audience while at the same time can be something unique.” He was probably talking about his newest effort, It Comes At Night. The end of the world is in […]

The Show Don’t Tell Rule: Your First 10 Pages’ Bestfriend

If you’ve ever taken a screenwriting class or have read a book on the craft, you’re probably familiar with the adage “show, don’t tell”. It is the idea that it is better to showcase a beat of information in a visual way than to simply explain it to the audience. This can be a challenge […]

Follow Us on Instagram to Win Final Draft!

Hey writers! BlueCat is giving away Final Draft 10 Screenwriting Software to one lucky Instagram follower! Here’s how to enter: Follow @bluecatwriters on Instagram Like the Final Draft giveaway post on Instagram Tag a friend Comment #BlueCatFD The competition will close on Friday, June 9th at midnight. The winner will be chosen at random and announced […]

Wonder Woman: The Face of a Hero We’ve Been Waiting For

  By Andrew Schwartz Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman — DC’s followup to the dismal Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice — comes as a breath of fresh air.  Starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, the film juggles ancient Greek mythology, World War I and a super-heroine’s coming of age story in a well-balanced, entertaining film. […]

5 Top Reasons It’s Hard To Write A Screenplay (And How It Gets Better….)

By Gordy Hoffman While I’m thinking about the script in front of me, staring me in the face, casting its shadow across my every day, I know full well why it might be difficult to write a great screenplay. What are the common reasons it’s so challenging? Why can’t we seem to cross that last […]

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 […]