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 […]

The Successful Character of Professional Screenwriting

The aspiring screenwriter understands how we should behave when we meet people in a business environment. Treating producers, managers, lawyers, cast, and crew with respect and grace goes a long way to advancing your career.  But what is the successful character of professional screenwriting? Writers often focus on the technical aspects of writing a pilot […]

4 Reasons Writers Write Movies and Not Television

There is a significant debate over whether to write for television or write movies instead. We are in a new golden age of television — peak TV. And we can all agree movies are not in a classic period of cinema.  Many writers have gravitated to writing for television, inspired by the great stories they watch […]

Raising the Stakes: What, Why, When and How

Have you ever received feedback on your script that included the suggestion to “raise the stakes”? It’s a common note—-raising the stakes. Do you know what it means? At first glance, we would think the reader is telling us to make what’s at stake for your characters greater. But what is that?   Raising the […]

Writer’s Block: The 4 Ways to Keep Rewriting

Writer’s block is not a mysterious condition that a wizard creates for writers. It’s not a magic spell with no way out. Getting stuck as a writer, be it in the first draft or 10th, can be very difficult to face for writers, but the solutions to your problems are not difficult or mysterious. Writing is […]

The Original Screenplay Idea Blog

The “Original” Screenplay Idea: Taking Your Idea Further

How often do we hear, “There’s nothing new under the sun” or “Hollywood is just plain out of new ideas”? And yet, how often do we find ourselves, as movie-goers (more specifically, writers that happen to be movie-goers), pleasantly surprised when the movie we’ve just experienced felt “different,” thoroughly entertained us, and was actually good? […]

How to Write Comedy for Action

Nothing makes an action-adventure film pop quite like a well-timed joke. Whether it’s John McClane quipping while crawling through air vents or a killer robot from the future learning how to smile, a properly placed joke helps add dimensions to an action story and makes the adventure side of action-adventure more fun. But sometimes, you […]

Top Ten Questions Short Filmmakers Always Ask

Short filmmakers run into a number of challenges when they start off to make a short film. Some are hesitant to get started because they’ve never made a short film before, even if they’ve written a feature script or a television pilot. How is making a short film different? What makes it difficult? Why should someone […]

Demystifying Screenplay Concept and Theme

A fun sit-down with Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answering questions from up and coming filmmakers and screenwriters. In this episode, Gordy tackles the difference between screenplay concept and theme.  Chase the idea.   It’s hard to define a difference between concept and theme. Some writers like to come up […]

Query Letter Blog

How to Write a Query Letter As Good As Your Screenplay

Query letter. The very sound of those two words sends many a writer spiraling into an ocean of sad panic. Like no matter what you write it’s not going to sound right and why try anyway?  Do query letters work? There are a lot of people that will tell you that unsolicited emails sent blindly […]

Advancing Your Middle Act

A fun sit-down with Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answering questions from up and coming filmmakers and screenwriters. In this episode, Gordy discusses the Middle Act and how to improve it. Learn your story.   One of the main reasons people get stuck in the middle act of their scripts […]

How to Receive Feedback Without Dying

Receiving feedback on your script is often frightening. Waiting to hear what someone thinks can be awful in and of itself. Why did you even give it to this person? What a stupid idea. Why are they taking so long? It must be awful. Why did I want to receive feedback on something I wrote? […]