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Film Courage Interview: Gordy Explains How To Write a Screenplay

In this Film Courage video interview, BlueCat Screenplay Competition Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman answers the question of How Do I Write A Screenplay?

Demystifying Screenplay Concept and Theme

Stay focused on that one thing that drove you to start writing. The more you do that, the better your script will become. 

Advancing Your Middle Act

One of the main reasons people get stuck in the middle act of their scripts is because they don’t know their story well enough. So that means the best way to get through these issues is to just write through them.

Where to Submit Your First Short Film

Congratulations! You’ve completed your first short film. And now you want people to see it. 

How to Connect with Literary Managers and Agents

Every screenwriter wants a literary manager or agent but you should never show up to their offices unannounced.

How To Weave Exposition Into Your Screenplay

Let your exposition flow naturally into your script. If you give audiences bits and pieces of information as you go, things will feel much more natural and organic. 

How to Market a TV Show

Don’t worry about marketing when you are writing. Your idea is king. And if your story is compelling enough, it will become your number one selling point.

What’s The Ideal Length of An Action Block?

Keep things simple, clean, and precise!

How To Write A Telephone Scene

What is the correct format for writing a telephone scene?

What Should You Do When You Get Out Of Film School?

Fresh out of Film School? What’s next? Check out this video of Gordy reassuring young filmmakers that the best is yet to come! And yes, pizza is involved…

The Art of The Script Rewrite

Gordy stresses the importance of rewrites and why constantly editing your screenplay is crucial to the creative process. 

How to Overcome Writer’s Block

Stuck in a rut? Gordy shares some advice on how to overcome writer’s block and find inspiration!

How Important is Genre?

How important is adopting a specific genre when writing a screenplay? Gordy explains the value of good storytelling when it comes to genre.

Managing Your Story Outline

Should you always stick with your screenplay outline? Gordy explains how a writer should trust their instincts and be loyal to the story and its characters.

The Importance of Short Screenplays

“Why is writing a short screenplay helpful for my screenwriting career?”

How To Stay Focused as a Writer

“How Can I Stay Focused as a Writer?”

How Often You Should Be Writing as a Screenwriter

“How Often Should I Be Writing as a Screenwriter?”

How to Defeat Writer’s Block

“How can I beat writer’s block as a screenwriter?”

How Important is Structure?

“How important is following a three-act structure in my screenplay?”

Networking and Promoting Your Script in the Film Industry

“How can I network and promote my script in the film industry?”