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BlueCat Writers Blog

Final Deadline – October 25th, 2020

The Final Deadline for BlueCat’s 2021 Screenplay Competition is Sunday, October 25th, 2020. Written Analysis Every script submission will receive a complimentary written analysis. Scripts submitted by the Final Deadline will receive written analysis by December 2nd,...

What The Writer Owes Every Character

Do you know why people love stories? Why do people look at their televisions and watch other human beings act out events in life? Why do people walk into a movie theatre and sit for two hours motionless watching other people in motion? They know that the people on the...

Regular Deadline – September 13th, 2020

The Regular Deadline for BlueCat’s 2021 Screenplay Competition is Sunday, September 13th, 2020. Written Analysis Every script submission will receive a complimentary written analysis. Scripts submitted by the Regular Deadline will receive written analysis by October...

Write a script in one month!

Can you write your script in one month? The answer is yes. Will your project be ready for production? Probably not. But the key to writing a producible story is actually writing. Yes, i know, that’s a trade secret that we don’t necessarily want everyone to know, but...

Midsummer Deadline – August 9th, 2020

The Midsummer Deadline for BlueCat's 2021 Screenplay Competition is August 9th, 2020. Written Analysis Every script submission will receive a complimentary written analysis. Scripts submitted by the Midsummer Deadline will receive written analysis by September 2nd,...

How Writers Outgrow Their Own Scripts

The act of writing, the art of creating story, is never mastered, yet this simple belief is forgotten every day. Writers create from the skill they have developed, a practice they have established, embraced and made habit. And they race toward answers and the final...

2021 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Now Open

The 2021 Screenplay Competition is now accepting submissions. The Early Bird Deadline is Sunday, June 28th at Midnight PST. Written Analysis Every script submission will receive a complimentary written analysis. Scripts submitted by the Early Bird Deadline will...

Why Your Script is Hated by One Reader and Loved by Another

It's a wonderful feeling when someone reads your script and loves it. To receive positive feedback after working so hard is incredibly affirming. When someone loves your script, it's natural to believe you have succeeded in what you set out to do. And when more than...

How to Write a Script in the Pandemic of 2020

We writers are working in a day and an age none of us have ever seen. But like every writer that has come before us, nothing will stop our desire to create and use our voices to communicate our stories to the audiences of our future. We are quarantined. We are...

7 Things To Do When Your Script Is Done

Writers think about two things when they're writing a script: how do I finish and what will happen when my script is done. Both of these questions challenge the writer with uncertainty. We want to write the best script we've ever written, and we want to see it...

7 Ways To Check If Your Script is Done

You think your script is done? How do writers know when a script is ready for submission? This is a very important question as you might not get a second chance with the right person. If you want to know when your script is ready to submit to a producer, manager, or...

The Most Important Part Of Your Script

A writer needs to do many things well to write a script that not only gets produced, but that audiences love. Emotionally engaging narrative, authentic characters, and dynamic dialogue are only a few elements of a successful script. And if any part of the script falls...

The Difference Between a TV Idea and a Movie Idea

The difference between a movie idea and a TV idea can make a considerable impact on a writer's career. With the market for narrative content for streaming services continuing to expand, every writer now has to consider whether their stories are better suited for TV or...

The Last Script You’ll Ever Write

What if you knew the script you're working on would be the last script you'll ever write? How might that change what you choose to write? Every time a writer begins, they believe their next script will be their best. Do you believe that? Do you tell yourself that? If...

8 Things to Avoid Writing on the First Page of Your Script

Have you looked at the first page of your script lately? Page one is the very first thing a reader will see when they open your script, and often times problems exist immediately and set the story back before it even gets started. I've opened tens of thousands of...

What is a Character Arc?

A character arc, sometimes called a through-line or inner journey, is how a character changes. The arc is the story of the character within the story of your script. A character will hopefully start in one place and end up in another----- a beginning, a middle, and an...

Watch New Teaser from BlueCat Winner DEATH OF A FOOL

We're excited to announce that BlueCat's 2018 Feature Winner, DEATH OF A FOOL by Ismael Gomez III and Joe Leone, was recently made into a movie and a new teaser has been released! Set in Miami, the story follows a teenager and his dying grandfather who conduct...

Interview with BlueCat Alum Fergal Rock

A few years back, Fergal Rock won BlueCat's Fellini Award for his script CALVIN & SKYE. Recently, the script was produced starring Maisie Williams and Aja Butterfield. The movie has a new title -- THEN CAME YOU -- and is currently streaming on Netflix We checked...

How to Start Writing Again When You’re Stuck

Every writer hits a wall. Some say if you don't get stuck writing your script you haven't worked on it long enough. Akira Kurosawa admitted to feeling despair every time he wrote a script, and every time he wanted to give up. Writers sometimes believe they're alone in...

What An Audience Really Wants From Your Script

If you're trying to write a successful script----a script that gets produced and seen by a large number of viewers----you obviously want your script to be loved by your audience. So if we want people to watch our work, we need to know why they watch stories in the...

Vote For Your Favorite Script Titles!

Here are the top 10 titles you all voted for! Now it's time to pick the winners. We have three categories – Feature, Pilot and Short. Please pick ONE title from each category. This round of voting will end Monday, August 26th at Midnight PST. Please submit only one...

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