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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...

Voting Opens for the BlueCat Title Contest

  The BlueCat Title Contest Begins!   Here are the top titles and now it's time for the public to vote for their favorites! We have three categories - Feature, Pilot and Short. You're allowed to vote for 5 features, 3 pilots and 3 shorts. This round of voting ends...

How to Write A Script Without A Plan

Creative writing works when the writing creates. The act of writing to invent character and narrative is the most powerful way to make an original story. So if writing, in and of itself, is a highly effective way to develop a successful script, why are we told to plan...

Does Your Script Have An Amazing Title?

  Does your script have an awesome title? Yes? BlueCat celebrates the art of creating the unforgettable title with our annual Title Contest and we invite you to enter now! Every script entered by August 4th is eligible for our Title Contest, and all scripts will...

Midsummer Deadline – August 4th, 2019

The Midsummer Deadline for BlueCat's 2020 Screenplay Competition is August 4th, 2019! Written Analysis Every script submitted by the Midsummer Deadline will receive written analysis by September 3rd. Resubmissions Your script is eligible for resubmission after you...

7 Reasons Your Characters Hurt Your Script

Your characters compel you to be honest, and this creates a challenge. The actions of the characters make your story. Writers often focus on plot, structure, theme, dialogue, description, amongst many other elements, but the success of your script and your story rely...

Why the Reasons You Write a Script Matter

What are the reasons you write? How did you become a writer? Why do you continue to write? My first memory of writing was an assignment by my second grade teacher. She asked us to write a story.  I remember the strange and wonderful feeling of being able to make...

Early Bird Deadline – This Sunday, June 30th

The Early Bird Deadline for BlueCat's 2020 Screenplay Competition is June 30th, 2019 at Midnight PST! Written Analysis Every script submitted by the Early Bird Deadline will receive written analysis by August 1st. Submission Fees Early Bird Deadline: June 30th, 2019....

Write your 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...

The 5 Traits of Successful Writers

Writers want success, but how do you define it? Is it writing enough to pay your bills? Is it writing to find an audience, regardless if you make enough money or not? Maybe you want to be famous or win an Emmy or Oscar. Any writer would probably welcome all of these...

2020 BlueCat Screenplay Competition: Call for Entries

The 2020 BlueCat Screenplay Competition is now accepting submissions! The Early Bird Deadline is Sunday, June 30th at Midnight PST. Written Analysis Every script submitted by the Early Bird Deadline will receive written analysis by August 1st. Awards The Grand Prize...

Why Game of Thrones Helps Writers

Successfully constructed drama delivers emotion. When a story delivers emotion, people watch it. Watching great television shows and movies helps writers learn how to write an emotionally engaging story. The emotional impact of Game of Thrones on its audience made it...

BlueCat Hosts Second Annual Short Film Festival

On Tuesday, April 30th, BlueCat held its Short Film Festival at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles, California for the second year in a row. A total of 13 short films were selected for screening. The 13 selected short films spanned multiple genres ranging from horror...

The 5 Powers of Screenwriters

Writers often feel powerless in the face of pursuing their goals. They feel helpless in the face of a business they perceive to be difficult to enter and succeed. We fight off overwhelming feelings of confusion when developing our stories. It becomes frustrating to...

13 Tools To Rewrite Your Script

Rewriting is the difference between your dreams and where you sit today. Over the years, I have employed different approaches to successfully rewriting my script. Here are 13 tips to get your project into the shape you need to receive financing to produce, attract...

6 Actions to Become a Better Screenwriter Now

Professionals are teachable. They do not lock into patterns and habits and methods. We need to always look to see where we fall short, and we must remind ourselves over and over what served us in the past. After two decades of writing scripts, I have now come to a...

5 Ways to Start a New Screenplay

As a writer, I often forget something------writing creates more writing. If I write, the act of writing inspires new ideas and places for my characters to go, turns I did not imagine for my story at all. Writing is so much stronger an act of development than thinking...

2019 BlueCat Screenplay Competition: Late Deadline

The Late Deadline for BlueCat's 2019 Screenplay Competition is Sunday, January 20th at Midnight PST! Written Analysis Every script submitted will receive their written analysis by March 4th, 2019. Resubmissions Your script is eligible for resubmission once you've...

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