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10 Week First Draft Online Course with Gordy Hoffman

    Gordy Hoffman, BlueCat founder and judge, and award winning screenwriter and director (LOVE LIZA, DOG BOWL, A COAT OF SNOW) will lead an extensive, online screenwriting course this Spring. The First Draft Script Course is a 10 week class conducted via Skype, affording the convenience of workshopping your screenplay with Gordy on your own schedule, […]

James Bond Finds Himself Stuck in the Past in SPECTRE – BlueCat Review

James Bond Finds Himself Stuck in the Past in SPECTRE – BlueCat Review   The name is Bond, James Bond, a moniker bestowed to Daniel Craig with the 2006 reinvigoration of the 007 franchise, Casino Royale, a sharp departure from where we had last left the super suave MI-6 agent in Die Another Day. Casino Royale […]

Gordy Hoffman Talks Dog Bowl on Irish Radio Show Arena With Seán Rocks

Gordy Hoffman Talks Dog Bowl on Irish Radio Show Arena With Seán Rocks   BlueCat founder and Judge, Gordy Hoffman, recently joined Seán Rocks on the Irish radio show, Arena, to discuss his short film Dog Bowl, which will have its Irish Premiere at the Cork Film Festival on Friday, November 13th. Dog Bowl  is the only narrative fiction […]

DOG BOWL Festival Screenings – Gordy Hoffman’s Short Film

DOG BOWL Festival Screenings – Gordy Hoffman’s Short Film   November is the month of Dog Bowl! In Dog Bowl, written and directed by BlueCat founder and judge, Gordy Hoffman, a heartbroken girl spiraling through life stumbles upon the true nature of her existence after stealing the vest off of a service dog. Catch a screening in […]

Ten David Lynch Quotes to get you through your Screenwriting

 Ten David Lynch Quotes to get you through your Screenwriting 1. “Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there’s humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd.” 2. […]

5 Halloween Scripts for your #FridayReads

5 Halloween Scripts for your #FridayReads It’s Friday! So, sit back and enjoy a few good scripts just in time for Halloween! BlueCat has compiled a list of 5 horror, or horror themed, screenplays for your Friday reading pleasure.   1.) Slither (2006) James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) both wrote and directed this sci-fi, horror, comedy genre […]

St. Louis International Film Festival | Gordy Hoffman and BlueCat Semi-Finalist in Same Program

St. Louis International Film Festival | Gordy Hoffman and BlueCat Semi-Finalist in Same Program Dog Bowl, written and directed by BlueCat founder and judge, Gordy Hoffman, has been accepted to the 2015 St. Louis International Film Festival alongside BlueCat Semi-Finalist Chris Connolly’s short film Falling to Pieces. Chris was a Semi-Finalist in the 2012 BlueCat […]

The Cabin in the Woods – Blue’s Beats #23

The Cabin in the Woods – Blue’s Beats #23   It’s nearly Halloween, so why not sit back and enjoy a good horror script? Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods is one of the great contemporary horror films, serving as a worthy pastiche of classic eighties horror flicks, particularly Sam Raimi‘s The Evil Dead. Read the […]

Selling Your Screenplay Podcast Episode 095: Gordy Hoffman

Selling Your Screenplay Podcast Episode 095: Gordy Hoffman BlueCat founder Gordy Hoffman recently appeared on Ashley Scott Meyers‘ Selling Your Screenplay Podcast episode 095. During the interview, Gordy discussed how to successfully launch a Kickstarter campaign, maintaining a long-lasting and meaningful screenwriting career, and a variety of other screenwriting topics.  The episode is available on youtube, iTunes, and […]

Dog Bowl at the Valley Film Festival

    Dog Bowl, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, written and directed by BlueCat founder and judge Gordy Hoffman, is returning to Los Angeles this Friday, October 23rd at the Valley Film Festival! Established in 2001, The Valley Film Festival seeks to, “further the education, production, and distribution of filmmaking in the […]

BLUE’S BEATS #22 – Ex Machina

    Alex Garland both wrote and directed the 2015 sci-fi thriller, Ex Machina, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac. Exploring themes of choice and humanity, the film opened modestly, but to critical acclaim.   You can read a PDF of Garland’s screenplay here.     PLOT SUMMARY A young programmer is selected to participate […]

#ScriptChat with Gordy Hoffman

  Join BlueCat founder and judge, Gordy Hoffman, in this week’s #ScriptChat where he will discuss transparency and integrity in judging screenplay competitions. “ScriptChat provides a platform for the screenwriting community to engage in discussions in a positive environment.” Each Sunday, from 5 PM to 6 PM PDT, use the hashtag #ScriptChat to join the […]

BLUE’S BEATS #21 – “Whiplash”

  Released in 2014, Whiplash stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons as a student and his unconventional band teacher. Damien Chazelle both wrote and directed the film, which was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay, at the 2015 Academy Awards. Whiplash went on to win three of the five, taking home statues for […]

BLUE’S BEATS #20 – Serenity

    Ten years ago, on September 30th, Joss Whedon‘s Serenity hit theaters. It was a modest success at the box office, but was well regarded amongst fans of Whedon’s short-lived, cult status television show, Firefly, which introduces Serenity’s crew and their adventures through space. In honor of Serenity‘s ten year anniversary, I revisit the […]

BlueCat Goes to London!

    Last week, BlueCat founder and judge, Gordy Hoffman, continued the now transcontinental festival tour for his short film, Dog Bowl, which he both wrote and directed. Dog Bowl had its World Premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was honored with its International Premiere at the Raindance International Film Festival in London, England on October 1st. While across […]

5 Oscar Worthy Scripts For Your #FridayReads

It’s Friday! So, sit back and enjoy a few good scripts! BlueCat has compiled a list of 5 Academy Award winning screenplays for your Friday reading pleasure.     1.) The King’s Speech (2010) Tom Hooper directed this historical biopic from the screenplay by David Seidler. The story of King George VI and his struggle to overcome […]

BlueCat Screenwriters After-Party with Gordy Hoffman

    Come hang out after the International Premiere of Dog Bowl with BlueCat founder and judge, Gordy Hoffman! He will be open to your questions and conversations about BlueCat, the industry, or screenwriting in general. Dog Bowl will screen at the Raindance International Film Festival on Thursday, October 1st at 6:20 PM local time (GMT) at Vue […]

International Premiere of Dog Bowl in London

    Dog Bowl, written and directed by BlueCat founder and judge Gordy Hoffman, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Its Los Angeles premiere was at the LA Film Festival this summer. On Thursday, October 1st, it will have its international premiere at the Raindance International Film Festival in London, England! Dog Bowl will screen […]

2016 Best Movie Title Winners!

    The BlueCat Screenplay Competition is proud to announce the final 3 winners of the 2016 Best Movie Title Contest!   The top 3 finalists are voted upon by the BlueCat Community, and each will receive a $250 USD cash prize.   Congratulations to:   “The Last Gales of Consciousness” by Michael Castaldo   “The […]

BLUE’S BEATS #19 – Fight Club

    Blue’s Beats is a blog series where we break down various feature screenplays by identifying and discussing their important beats.   This week, we break both the first and second rules as I examine the beats in David Fincher‘s film, Fight Club, starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter, which opened in 1999 to modest […]