Interviews

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Athenia Paris Mekarnia

Athenia Paris Mekarnia writer of   WOLFIE A Muslim man finds a strange woman when he travels to a remote mountain in search of a wolf he encountered as a child.   There are many interesting things happening under the surface of Wolfie. Can you talk a little about the themes you wanted to discuss, […]

Interview with 2014 Short Finalist Jeremy Lerman

Jeremy Lerman writer of   THE TWELVE PLAGUES A Jewish painter travels to receive a prestigious award, coming head to head with his wife’s new boyfriend, Torah-thumping art patrons, and a slutty parapalegic.    How do you stay motivated during the writing process?   The early drafts are a slog. I’m not sure there’s a […]

Interview with 2014 Feature Finalist José Luis González

José Luis González co-writer of   THE HISTORY OF MAGIC A degenerated traveling Mexican magician and his teenage niece find themselves on the same path of life as he approaches her home in a Texas border town.     The History of Magic has various story lines that intersect. How did you juggle the different aspects […]

Interview with 2014 Feature Finalist Kateland Brown

Kateland Brown writer of   HAMBONE Set against the illegal dogfighting scene in Los Angeles, a gangbanger sentenced to community service at an animal shelter forms a bond with an abused pit bill scheduled to be euthanized.    What was your first script? What did you learn from it? There’s my first script, and then […]

Interview with 2014 Feature Finalist Dennis Capps

Dennis Capps writer of   CHICAGO SHUFFLE A mild-mannered Prohibition-era accountant has a chance meeting with the twin brother he never knew he had, a brash Chicago gangster, but when he wakes up trapped in his brother’s identity, he’s forced to find himself as he fights to return to his old life.    How do […]

Interview with 2014 Feature Finalist Doug Mallette

Doug Mallette writer of   BAD HOUSE Hoping for a fresh start, a desperate father moves his estranged wife and kids into a mysterious new house, where he soon discovers the horror of the perfect family.   Bad House gives the reader a tremendous feeling of dread. In regards to creating that tone and atmosphere, what […]

Interview with the 2014 Cordelia Award Winner: Jason Pittock

Jason Pittock writer of   FACE TO FACE A cosmetic surgeon’s life starts to unpick at the seams after he accidentally ruins the face of a celebrity client.   What was your first script and what lessons did you take away from the experience? I studied for a degree in Scriptwriting for Film and TV […]

Interview with the 2014 Joplin Award Winner: Savion Einstein

Savion Einstein writer of   THE LONGEST BIRTHDAY When a clinical trial in Israel fails to treat her young son’s cancer, a single mother takes him back home to Los Angeles to celebrate one more time.    The Longest Birthday is a genuinely moving story about a mother and her sick child. Can you talk a […]

2014 BlueCat Feature Screenplay Winner Interview

HF Crum writer of   3 FACES OF HUNGER & THIRST The true story of the assassination of a revolutionary Mexican presidential candidate unfolds from the original standoff of three gunmen in Tijuana.    contact HF at hfcrum@gmail.com     3 Faces of Hunger & Thirst is based on the true story of a political […]

Interview with the 2014 BlueCat Short Screenplay Winner: Jennifer Cui

Jennifer Cui writer of   WINGED A young Chinese girl ventures outside her home to find a crowd gathered near a dead body, only to find something entirely different upon second glance.    Winged is a unique, experimental piece. Explain your approach to telling unconventional stories.   I’m not so sure what defines “experimental writing,” but […]

Interview with 2013 Winner Pierre Chance

Our 2013 Winner, Pierre Chance, answered a few questions on his winning script, DEMAIN, JE ME TUE.   How did you become a screenwriter? Demain, je me tue is my first screenplay. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: there was a story within me that would not be still. Where did your idea for your screenplay originate? […]

Interview with 2013 Finalist Bryce Wolfgang Joiner

Meet 2013 Finalist Bryce Wolfgang Joiner, writer of GIANTS OF THE VALLEY           How did you become a screenwriter? Life was tough when I was a child. The only way to escape was to watch a film and fall into that world. I lived across the road from a quasi-paedophile. So […]

Interview with 2013 Finalist Michael Yagnow

    Meet 2013 Finalist Michael Yagnow, writer of DEAD DOLORES.       How did you become a screenwriter? For me, screenwriting “clicked” in a way that other varieties of writing never have. A script template keeps the language thrifty and intense. But a screenplay should also be evocative and beautiful within those parameters. […]

Interview with 2013 Finalist Michael Quintana

    Meet 2013 Finalist Michael Quintana, writer of WE LOST GRACE         How did you become a screenwriter? In 2009, right after I graduated high school, I was supposed to enter a pre-dental program (to become a dentist); but something about that decision didn’t feel right. So, I was “permitted” a […]

Interview with 2013 Finalist Kendal Alexander Whitlock

    Meet Kendal Alexander Whitlock, writer of A CAT’S TALE           How did you become a screenwriter? I attended Howard University for Theatre Arts Acting while I worked on my illustration portfolio. Once I completed it, I transferred to the School of Visual Arts where I studied cartooning. In a […]

Interview with 2013 Joplin Award Winner Rachael BernSousa & Mary Lusted

Hand Lit Match by Rachael BernSousa & Mary Lusted Perth, Australia   A teenage tomboy escapes her dead-end Australian country town by joining a visiting sideshow as a wrestler – then sets her sights on the top of the American female league in the 1950’s. For professional inquiries only, please contact rachael.and.mary@gmail.com. Rachael Mary INTERVIEW […]

Interview with 2013 Cordelia Award Winner Christopher Brown

  Knock-Out by Christopher Brown London, England   A young boxer must take his fight outside the ring when the guys he trains with discover the truth about his sexuality. For professional inquiries only, please contact chris@knock-out-movie.co.uk.   INTERVIEW How did you become a screenwriter? I came to writing from a practical angle. I remember […]

Ana Lily Amirpour

Screenwriter and filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour tells us how BlueCat inspired her to pursue her dream of making film in LA. After earning top honors in the 2007 competition, Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature-length screenplay about youth culture in modern Tehran went on to participate in the 2009 Tribeca All Access program. The script also earned […]

Andy Pagana

  Andy Pagana talks about how his professional career began with BlueCat. His winning script, MAN IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR, went on to become a 2004 Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist, and was named winner of the 2006 Austin Film Festival Heart of Film Screenplay Competition. http://andypagana.com

Ian Simpson

Congratulations on recently being  signed by Paradigm agency! What projects have you been working on? What does the future hold?  So, I have a spec that JUST hit the wide market. It’s called “One Free Crime” — it is being produced by Intrigue Entertainment. We (Paradigm/my manager Andrew Kersey/Intrigue) are still in that nail-biting-waiting stage […]