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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 […]

Gordy Introduces Goal Posts into Screenplay Writing Challenge

Gordy Hoffman, Judge and Founder of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, talks about goal posts for the Screenplay Writing Challenge, starting August 1st. Throughout the whole month, BlueCat’s writers will write 3 pages per day, every day, sharing their daily progress on our Facebook Group and encouraging each other in the pursuit of completing an entire screenplay […]

2016 BlueCat Winner Table Reading

  2016 BlueCat Winner Table Reading in New Orleans “MONA. RICHY. ROBBY. AND RAY”, Orethia C. Smith’s screenplay has grabbed the winner’s spot in the 2016 BlueCat feature competition. However, it’s success doesn’t end there. After discovering these upcoming talented writers, we do all we can to bring their screenplays to life. To let the writers […]

Finalist Palmer Horton’s Short on ESPN

2015 Feature Finalist Palmer Horton’s short film, “When The King Held Court,” is about Elvis Presley’s passion for racquetball and the impact it had on his life.    ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts Continues With Slate of Five New Films WATCH NOW  “When The King Held Court” Directed by Palmer Holton The name Elvis […]

2015 Shorts Finalist Darren Tibbits Launches Pinebox Kickstarter Campaign!

2015 Shorts Finalist Darren Tibbits Launches Pinebox Kickstarter Campaign!   Watch the trailer for 2015 Finalist D. R. Tibbits Kickstarter campaign and learn more about his acclaimed short script PINEBOX, starring Clifton Collins, Jr., Ann Magnuson and Brian T. Finney. Watch   Also, if you’d like to join our BlueCat Community, make sure to subscribe to […]

BlueCat Screenplay Competition Announces 2016 Winners

BlueCat Screenplay Competition Announces 2016 Winners LOS ANGELES, CA —  Oreathia C. Smith’s screenplay, MONA. RICHY. ROBBY. AND RAY, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Smith’s script was selected from 4,523 submissions and will be awarded a $15,000 cash prize. Smith received an MFA in Writing at USC in […]

Meet 2016 Cordelia Winner Haydn Fox

Meet 2016 Cordelia Winner Haydn Fox   Title IX by Haydn Fox   As a couple’s marriage heads towards a disastrous end, the story reflects on the events that brought them to the present.   Email: haydnfoxscreenwriter at gmail.com   My name is Haydn Fox; I am the screenwriter of TITLE IX. I’m 22 years […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Tess Carroll

2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Tess Carroll   I Sleep Easy by Tess Carroll   A young girl demonstrates her method of appeasing the yellow-eyed beast that haunts her town.   Email: tess.carroll8 at gmail.com     “I Sleep Easy” is composed of two conflicting narratives: the story we are told, and the story that unfolds […]

Meet 2016 Joplin Winners Chad J. Nelson & Alexander Ellerston

 2016 Joplin Winners Chad J. Nelson & Alexander Ellerston   Parody by Chad J. Nelson & Alexander Ellerston   After a chance encounter with his identical twin’s mistress, a curious psychologist begins to unravel a web of deceit leading to fatal consequences.   Contact chadjamesnelson at yahoo.com Alex Twitter:  Chad Twitter     Alex on […]

Meet 2016 Roshan Winner Paras Borgohain

2016 Roshan Winner Paras Borgohain Deepest, Darkest or How Not to Lie by Paras Borgohain When a public relations executive discovers a note from her deceased best friend, she must find the trigger for his untimely death – revealing his long-distance relationship with a man, while confronting her own fears of unrequited love.   Email:  […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nikki Tran

2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nikki Tran   When We Run by Nikki Tran Saigon, 1978. A young girl learns the meaning of sacrifice during an impromptu escape out of Vietnam.   Email: nikki at nikkitran.com.au www.nikkitran.com.au   “When We Run” is a story born from experiences in my family’s history as well as current global […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nic Yulo

2016 Short Screenplay Finalist Nic Yulo   Changelings  by Nic Yulo   Struggling to keep his dysfunctional family afloat, a teenage boy challenges his immature father by threatening to ruin a family tradition.   Email: nic  at nicyulo.comwww.nicyulo.com InstagramVimeoLinkedin     In my very first screenwriting class, a Professor gave me this advice: ‘Write the story that […]

Meet 2016 Short Screenplay Winner Elizabeth Capot

2016 Short Screenplay Winner Elizabeth Capot   Apart by Elizabeth Capot   A woman wakes up to find that she is literally falling apart—again.   Email: elizabeth.capot at gmail.comTwitter | Instagram     My name is Elizabeth Capot (or Betty, if you’re not one of my family members or a telemarketer or a barista when […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Justin Piasecki

2016 Feature Finalist Justin Piasecki     Death of An Ortolan by Justin Piasecki   A disgraced White House chef is discovered decades later preparing meals for prisoners on death row, but he risks a chance at redemption when he befriends an inmate whose guilt appears doubtful   Email: Justin.Paul.Piasecki at Gmail.com   The idea […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Jonathan Holmes

2016 Feature Finalist Jonathan Holmes   In the Cradle of Granite by Jonathan Holmes   When a young girl discovers the corpse of a notorious outlaw, her father must strike a deal with the stranger bringing the body to justice. Miles from civilization in the harsh Oregon frontier, together the two men will discover a […]

Meet 2016 Feature Finalist Hannah Leshaw

2016 Feature Finalist Hannah Leshaw   Amara, 15 by Hannah Leshaw   Amara, 15 (formerly Hijita de Papá) is a coming-of-age feature about a 15-year-old Bronx teenager who is desperate to escape her father’s sexual abuse but who will do anything not to leave her two little sisters behind.   Email: info at hannahleshaw.comwww.hannahleshaw.comFacebookFilm’s FacebookInstagram […]