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Why Screenwriting is Not Fair

I often hear writers complain about how unfair screenwriting is. I myself have felt this way many times. We’re told many different things on how to write a script, completely contradictory advice. One blog says one thing, another podcast says don’t do that. We go to a famous screenwriting conference and the panelist tells an […]

How long does it really take to write a screenplay?

Writing a script is so hard. Our most important concern is when the difficulty will end! Who likes to suffer? No one does. Yet if you’re stuck with the virus in your soul that continues to imagine stories, congratulations, you belong to an ancient line of tortured spirits. So you have no choice. You must write […]

Feedback Is Coming Deadline

BlueCat is rolling out another opportunity to submit your script for feedback this fall! Don’t miss the “Feedback Is Coming” Deadline — Sunday, October 21st Midnight PST.    Written Analysis  Every script submitted by October 21st, 2018 will receive their written analysis by November 12th, 2018.  Resubmissions  Resubmissions are now open! After receiving your written analysis […]

Skip These Submission Mistakes

Have you ever rushed a script for a contest deadline? You’re not alone. Gordy Hoffman sits down with Film Courage to highlight the common mistakes writers commit when they submit their script to a competition before it’s really ready. There’s no better adrenaline rush than finishing your script and sending it off to a competition, contest or […]

5 Tips To Consider Before Writing Your TV Pilot

You have a delicious idea for a fresh, binge-worthy television series. With the evolution of streaming services like Netflix, Youtube and Amazon, it seems that episodic storytelling has no bounds. If this is your first rodeo writing for tv, it is important to know that writing for television is a completely different experience than writing for […]

2019 BlueCat Screenplay Competition – Early Deadline

The Early Deadline for BlueCat’s 2019 Screenplay Competition is here! Submit your script by Sunday, September 30th Midnight PST. Written Analysis  Every script submitted by the Early Deadline – September 30th, 2018 – will receive their written analysis by October 15th, 2018.  Resubmissions  After receiving your written analysis your script is eligible for resubmission and will be treated […]

Film Courage: How Do I Write A Screenplay?

In this inspiring interview with Film Courage, Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answers THE question every screenwriter wants the solution to – “How Do I Write A Screenplay?” Gordy’s response is simple and straightforward, “Start writing it.”  Aspiring writers are often taught that you have to learn the rules before you can break them.  […]

What Your Script’s Title Page Says About You

  The title page of a script. It’s not a sexy screenwriting topic. Heck, I’m not sure it’s even a topic in most screenwriting courses or books about screenwriting. But, believe it or not, your screenplay’s title page says a lot about you, as a screenwriter. The script’s title page is the first thing a […]

3 Times to Be Self-Critical During the Writing Process

In order to survive as a writer without going completely insane, you need to be your own biggest fan. You need to believe, deeply and truly, that you have talent, that you’re only improving over time, and that if you keep working hard, you’ll find success. You’ll certainly have your doubts from time to time, […]

Screenwriting Rules: There are No Rules

There are tons of books, videos, blogs, and podcasts that will tell you what the screenwriting rules are. We have quite a number on this very website. Here are five popular suggestions that might be more helpful if you ignore them!   Hook the Reader in the First 10 pages I hear this quite a […]

2019 BlueCat Screenplay Competition – Call for Entries

The 2019 BlueCat Screenplay Competition is now accepting submissions!  Early Deadline The Early Deadline for BlueCat’s 2019 Competition is Sunday, September 30th at Midnight PST.  Written Analysis  Every script submitted by September 30th, 2018 will receive their written analysis by October 15th, 2018.  Resubmissions  After receiving your written analysis your script is eligible for resubmission and […]

BlueCat Alumni Highlights: Aaron Guzikowski, Ana Lily Amirpour, and Ashleigh Powell

Many of the BlueCat Alumni have made a name for themselves and we couldn’t be more proud of their success. Below are updates on three members of our extensive alumni: Aaron Guzikowski, Ana Lily Amirpour, and Ashleigh Powell. Aaron Guzikowski – 2005 BlueCat Finalist  Aaron Guzikowski has made a name for himself as one of […]

Film Development & Finance: Studio vs. Indie

Studio vs Independent Financing – Knowing What’s Best for Your Project   Onto the Next Hurdle Your screenplay has been written, re-written, and polished up more times than you can count. You have a hot commodity on your hands that shows great promise as a feature film. The next decision to make is whether to […]

The 2018 August Writing Goalpost!

The great F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “You don’t write because you want something to say, you write because you have something to say.” Let’s show the world what we have to say with the August Writing Goalpost! The August Writing Goalpost is a community-driven exercise about producing a script that you can show people […]

7 Reasons Successful Screenwriters Live in Los Angeles

Successful screenwriters can live anywhere. There’s not even a debate over this. I understand people have many opinions on why you should live in Los Angeles, and how it can help you reach your professional goals as a screenwriter if you do live in Hollywood. After having lived here for awhile, I have found a […]

Meet 2018 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Winners!

BlueCat is excited to congratulate the winners of the 2018 Screenplay Competition! Chosen from a collective pool of over 4200 scripts, these five scripts represent the hard work of six incredibly talented writers. Read below to learn more about this year’s winners! Ismael Gomez III & Joe Leone – Feature Winners   With a shared […]

BlueCat Hosts First Short Film Festival

    Reaching New Heights On Tuesday, June 19th, BlueCat held its inaugural Short Film Festival at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles, California. A total of 10 short films were selected to screen from a competitive pool of 594 submissions.  “We’ve been a screenplay competition for 20 years and this is the first time […]

Why is Solo’s Box Office So Low?

Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard recently tweeted his thoughts on the film’s disappointing box office. I’m proud of #SoloAStarWarsStory and the cast & crew worked hard to give fans a fun new addition. As a director I feel badly when people who I believe (& exit polls show) will very likely enjoy […]

BlueCat’s Beanie Barnes Selected For NYTVF Scripts Competition!

BlueCat would like to congratulate alumni Beanie Barnes on her script being selected for the 2018 New York Television Festival (NYTVF) Scripts Competition! The pilot, White-Shoe U, previously won Beanie the 2017 BlueCat Pilot Award.    Beanie’s NYTVF Selection Beanie’s script is one of 8 hour-long dramas selected for the NYTVF Scripts Competition. As a competing writer, […]

Writing Goals: Why you should never quit

Writing goals never include the day you can quit writing. The idea that any one person knows when another writer should quit is completely incorrect and reckless. I believed after I began teaching and I read the work of my students that some students might not be able to “make it.” I’ve had several students […]