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BlueCat Black Friday Special

BlueCat Short Film Festival Black Friday Special!    Submit your short film now through Monday at Midnight PST and receive 35% off your submission fee! The Finalists will screen in Los Angeles and winner receives $2500. Use the discount code BLUEC2017 to receive your discount and enter your short film now!  SUBMIT NOW

2018 Screenplay Competition-Early Deadline

The Early Deadline for the 2018 BlueCat Screenplay Competition is Sunday, November 19th at Midnight PST! Written Analysis  All submissions submitted by November 19th, 2017 will receive their written analysis by December 20th, 2017. New Pilot Awards Along with awards for feature screenplays and short scripts, BlueCat will be offering awards for both hour and half […]

The Screenwriting Tool Podcasts Always Forget

Screenwriting podcasts have become quite popular and so useful over the years and we love them so much. Many BlueCat writers listen to them religiously and gain great insight from the broad range of topics they cover, be it business-related or focused on the task of screenwriting.  In terms of the screenwriting craft, podcasts, along […]

“How do I get an agent?” is the WRONG question.

The Truth about Talent and Obtaining Agent Representation.    The number one question that I get from screenwriters, whether I’m teaching, doing a Q and A, a Facebook chat, whatever, is “How do I get an agent?” or some version of that. How do I get connected to the industry and how do I find […]

Winter 2017-18 Screenwriting Courses and Workshops

Registration is now open for BlueCat’s new slate of screenwriting courses and workshops for the winter! Are you rewriting your script or developing a new one? Would you like a dedicated structure to reboot your writing habits? Join Gordy and the BlueCat community of writers and work towards a stronger script and change your writing […]

2018 Winter Courses & Workshops

    Registration is now open for BlueCat’s new slate of screenwriting courses and workshops for the winter! Are you rewriting your script or developing a new one? Would you like a dedicated structure to reboot your writing habits? Join Gordy and the BlueCat community of writers and work towards a stronger script and change […]

The Blade Runner Year: Has Writing Movies Run Its Course?

The Sequel Slump.    The sequel to Blade Runner has officially been declared a bomb at the box office, at the tail end of the worst summer for the movies in over a decade. Movie after movie has under-performed all year despite high scores on Rotten Tomatoes. Aside from GET OUT, blockbusters are not original […]

Writing A Genre Screenplay: Biopics

Is biopic a genre?   A question debated by film critics and historians alike. The boundaries are certainly more blurred than that of an action or thriller, but nonetheless, audiences approach a biopic with a set of expectations that must be met by the screenwriter.   We expect a biopic to offer insights.   Take […]

Writing A Genre Screenplay: Horror

  Writing within Genre    When you write a spec screenplay, strategize to work within a recognizable genre paradigm. Within film, a paradigm is a typical model formed by pre established audience expectations. So first, understand your genre. Then, all you have to do is fill in the blanks with the specifics of your narrative, […]

What’s The Ideal Length of An Action Block?

Don’t wear out your reader.    A fun sit-down with Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answering questions from up and coming filmmakers and screenwriters. In this episode, Gordy advises writers to say more with less.  Keep your Action Block simple, clean, and precise.    Ask your own questions on Twitter and make […]

Theme: What Am I Trying To Say?

    The question of theme is one many writers forget to ask before starting a draft: what’s this story about? Now, don’t confuse theme with plot. The question of plot looks more like: what happens in my story? The question of theme goes a bit deeper. Theme deals with emotion, where plot deals with […]

BlueCat’s 2017 Winners & Finalists

  Congratulations to the 2017 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Winners & Finalists!  Feature Winner  Cadaver Dog by Judy Soo Hoo & Isaac Ho    Feature Finalists  Spree by Laura Allen The Townhouse by Baruh Benjamins Chico Grande by Jesus Celaya Westchester by Sachin Mehta   Fellini Award Winner – Best International Screenplay Unpromised by Jason Chan    […]

To Hire or Not To Hire: That Is The Question of Transgender Talent

  Transgender stories and characters are popping up now more than ever. From Transparent to Orange Is The New Black to The Fosters, trans storylines are the stuff of controversy and of intrigue. As a trans filmmaker (we do exist!) I am simultaneously excited and reluctant to see platforms venturing outside of cisgender* story land. […]

How To Write A Telephone Scene?

A fun sit-down with Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answering questions from up and coming filmmakers and screenwriters. In this episode, Gordy breaks up some formatting myths about screenwriting pertaining to the ‘telephone scene’.   Connection matters.    What is the correct format for writing a telephone scene? It doesn’t matter, […]

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 reboots  — Power Rangers and King Arthur to name a few — it […]

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

  Intertwining Soundtrack and Narrative      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. For screenwriters, Baby Driver displays use music not only as a way to convey the tone/feel of the script but also as a necessary way to […]

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

By: Andrew L. Schwartz   Using Setting as a Vice.   Director Sofia Coppola has long toyed with the notion of binding characters to their environment. From Versailles in Marie Antoinette to the suburbs of Los Angeles in The Bling Ring, her characters have often built sanctuaries to shelter themselves from the real world. The […]

“The Bad Batch” – BlueCat Alum’s Ana Lily Amirpour’s Latest Triumph.

by Breana Harris   Last summer, when trying to finish a script, I struggled to figure out why I was so unhappy with it. I loved my characters and premise, but something wasn’t right. That’s when I decided to re-watch Ana Lily Amirpour 2014 debut film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The visceral black-and-white […]