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“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 […]

The Art of The Script Rewrite

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 always challenging rewrite. Make it better than the last.   Rewriting is a continuous process. There’s always room to make your script better. The key is […]

How to Overcome Writer’s Block

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 ways of overcoming writer’s block.  Just keep writing.   Writer’s block is perceived to be a soul-crushing force encountered by many writers throughout their professional careers. Many who […]

10 Things You Don’t Need to Write A Screenplay

by Gordy Hoffman People are always telling you what you need to write a screenplay. Even I will tell you what’s required or demanded or unavoidable in writing screenplays. But I want to remind myself, and you, what you don’t need, specifically what you absolutely will never need to write a screenplay and become a […]

The Handmaid’s Tale: A Voice-Over Exception that Works

by Breana Harris       Do’s and Don’ts: The Voice-Over, just don’t.      Whether you have taken extensive screenwriting classes or simply read a book or two on the subject, you have probably heard the longtime industry consensus on voice-over narration in your scripts: don’t do it.  Despite this unwritten rule, tons of […]

Gordy Hoffman explains how important is genre to screenwriting.

Genre: How important is it?

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 explains the value of good storytelling when it comes to genre. Follow your passion.   Don’t restrict yourself to a genre when you write. Let your story dictate […]

Why Dramatic Structure is Important to a Comedy Scene

Build your laughs from the Inside-Out.    Have you ever struggled to make a comedic scene work? Maybe you’ve been working on it for a long time, maybe you keep coming back to it with new jokes and ideas but it’s still not working. This is a common, many writers struggle at their first venture […]

Managing Your Story Outline

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 how to use your story outline.  Story comes first.   The outline is a tool. If in the process of writing, you find yourself deviating from […]

The Show Don’t Tell Rule: Your First 10 Pages’ Best Friend

If you’ve ever taken a screenwriting class or read a book on the craft, you’re probably familiar with the adage “show, don’t tell”. We know it’s better to display information than to simply explain it. This can be a surprisingly challenging concept to understand.  Start by thinking about it like this, you’re simulating the visual […]

Wonder Woman: The Face of a Hero We’ve Been Waiting For

  By Andrew Schwartz   Wonder Woman shows hope for the DC Universe.    Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman provides breath of fresh air as DC’s followup to the dismal Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, the film juggles ancient Greek mythology, World War I and a super-heroine’s coming of age story […]

5 Top Reasons It’s Hard To Write A Screenplay (And How It Gets Better….)

By Gordy Hoffman While I’m thinking about the script in front of me, staring me in the face, casting its shadow across my every day, I know full well why it might be difficult to write a great screenplay. What are the common reasons it’s so challenging? Why can’t we seem to cross that last […]

As the War Machine Keeps Turning: The Changing Landscape of Consumer Viewership

  by Andrew Schwartz     Netflix Feature Film pulls Star Studded Cast.    “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs,” says self-assured General Glenn McMahon (Brad Pitt). He’s speaking to a host of war-weary Afghani villagers U.S. Marines killed of a local boy of their village. This may be the perfect […]

1000 Words to Write By

1000 Words to Write By by Deanna Carlyle All the writing advice in the world can’t replace good tools and lots of practice. This is why I’ve compiled the following list of more than a thousand action verbs. I needed a handy, printable reference tool that didn’t strain my eyes or wrists. Try it for […]

Gender Roles in Space: How Alien: Covenant Breathes a New Life into an Old Story

  By Andrew Schwartz     Origins of the Franchise.      As it relates to the decades-old, genre-defining film-franchise, Alien: Covenant serves one true purpose: to explain the origin of the film’s legendary Xenomorph. Supported by an excellent cast, beautifully haunting sequences and a narrative fit for the top-earning franchise, Covenant has something for […]

Five Museums to Inspire Your Next Feature

Five Museums to Inspire Your Next Feature by Christina K. Holmes Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Humblebaek, Denmark. Fancy a trip abroad to get the creative juices flowing? Look no further than a small city north of Copenhagen on the Danish-Swedish border. A modern art museum on the shores of the Oresund Sound, the Lousiana […]

How to Avoid “On the Nose” Dialogue

    Dialogue, it’s a crucial part of any successful script, but also the easiest element to get wrong. Novice writers will often write flat dialogue where characters simply state how they feel, asserting a beat within a scene instead of massaging it into place. If a character is tired, a flat piece of dialogue […]

King Arthur: The Intersection Between Hollywood and Modern Politics

King Arthur: What works, what doesn’t, and what this film says about the time in which it was produced. By Andrew L. Schwartz     In Hollywood, the 2017 summer season is off to a predictable start. With Warner Bros’. new release, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Hollywood has proven its reluctance to break […]

Writing the Screenplay: One Pomodoro at a Time

Writing the Screenplay: One Pomodoro at a Time by Charlotte Winters By now, you know that the key to writing a 110-page screenplay is to break things down.  Break your story down into acts, break your acts down into beats, and break your beats down into objectives, obstacles, and stakes.  Maybe you’ve already done this, […]

5 Screenwriting Tools Writers Should Invest In

The internet has transformed the world of screenwriting tools. There is a plethora of technologies to support budding writers to hone their craft and create the best possible material. Whether they’re taking care of the formatting so you don’t have to worry about it, supporting you in your research or aiding your planning and brainstorming, […]

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining: Who is the Antagonist?

Kubrick’s film adaptation of The Shining focuses on how thin the line between rationality and irrationality can be in the human psyche. This theme is frequently reinforced by symbols such as the big maze outside the Hotel that illustrates the ease with which one can lose their own essence. The director is so clever that he […]