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Reddit AMA with Gordy Hoffman

Gordy Hoffman, Founder and Judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, dropped by the Screenwriting subreddit for an AMA on all things screenwriting. Below are some of the highlights from the discussion. The full AMA can be found here. The best way to go from being an unknown to a commodity in screenwriting: Gordy: Write the […]

The Dave Bullis Podcast: Gordy Hoffman Explains How to Take Notes on Your Script

In this episode of The Dave Bullis Podcast, Gordy Hoffman, Founder and Judge of BlueCat, elaborates on what it is like to be an educator in the screenwriting world. Gordy, who has taught screenwriting classes at USC & UCLA, in addition to offering his own courses, talks about the delicate task of how to receive […]

Where to Submit Your First Short Film

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 where to submit your first short film. Don’t stop there.   Congratulations! You’ve completed your first short film. And now you want people to see it. There […]

How to Write Great Characters

The stories we love begin with characters we love. Audiences seek stories that provide meaning to the emotional struggles of life. This identification begins with people living life, with all its challenges. Why do people pay money to sit in a dark room to watch people act out life? To help them understand their existence. […]

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread

Paul Thomas Anderson, one of America’s greatest living filmmakers, recently made rounds on social media to promote his new film Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day-Lewis in his final screen performance, Lesley Manville, and Vicky Krieps. He participated in an AMA on reddit and answered questions on Twitter, providing insight into his creative decisions, favorite films, and advice […]

How to Connect with Literary Managers and Agents

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 talks about connecting with literary managers and agents.  Be persistent and be professional.  Every screenwriter wants a literary manager or agent but you should never show up to […]

Listen to Gordy Hoffman on Making Movies is Hard

In this episode of Making Movies is Hard, Gordy Hoffman, Founder and Judge of BlueCat, discusses how a screenplay competition works and how it can launch careers.   Gordy says BlueCat has grown into its status as a premier screenplay competition because we give written analysis to every entered submission at no additional charge. This practice […]

How To Weave Exposition Into Your Screenplay

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 exposition and how to make it flow naturally through your story.  Be patient.   Too often, writers are impatient with their exposition. Do this by page 5. […]

Short Screenplay Challenge

  Take the BlueCat Short Screenplay Challenge!      THE CHALLENGE: Write an entire short screenplay over the MLK holiday weekend:   January 13-15, 2018.   BlueCat is encouraging all writers to create an original short screenplay over the holiday weekend. You can write on any topic you like! There are no genre restrictions! You […]

Writing a Genre Movie – Kids

Want to write a kids movie? Here are 5 questions to consider when approaching the genre.     Most of us remember the movies of our childhood with great fondness, especially the ones we couldn’t get enough of, repeat viewing until our parents reached a breaking point. We loved the way the movie led us […]

How to Market a TV Show

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 way to market a TV show.  Content comes first.   Regardless of the number of seasons your show has, the first thing you should focus on […]

Resolutions for Screenwriters: Change your storytelling

Screenwriters, be it for any screen or any audience, look to become better storytellers every time they set out to write. The humility to question and challenge our methods for writing is crucial for the professional. When we become unwilling to learn more, we stop changing how we write. Yet many writers are keen to […]

Finish Writing Your Screenplay

How to Finish Writing Your Screenplay

“Finish writing your screenplay!” Does that sound familiar? Is someone you know yelling that at you all day long? Is there any chance that someone might be you?   There are a million reasons you’re not finished writing your screenplay. You have lots of explanations for why it’s not done. Upon consideration, the excuses make […]

BlueCat’s Holiday Deadline – January 2nd 

BlueCat’s Holiday Deadline is January 2nd at Midnight PST!   Written Analysis  All submissions entered by January 2nd will receive written analysis by January 21st.  New Pilot Awards Along with awards for feature screenplays and short scripts, BlueCat will be offering awards for both hour and half hour pilot scripts.  Awards Feature Screenplay Winner $10,000. Four […]

How To Write Good Dialogue

    Are writers born with a special gift for writing dialogue? Does having an “ear for dialogue” really exist? Some people say there are writers that simply possess a knack for writing dialogue in the same way a basketball player is blessed with height, like winning a genetic lottery or a quirk of fate. […]

How to Write a Short Film Script

    Writing a short film script changed my career. That’s how important it is. People do not see a demand for short film scripts in the marketplace, so they don’t write them. But writing a short screenplay can prove to be very helpful in showing how good of a screenwriter and storyteller you are. […]

How to Make a Short Film

Making a short film is vital to the development of the filmmaker and screenwriter. But how do you do it right? If you’ve decided you want to make a short film, it might seem obvious. Write a great script, raise money and resources to produce your screenplay, cast talented actors, hire a professional crew, shoot […]

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 […]