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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...

7 Ways to Finally Finish Your Script

Nearly every writer reading this is in the same place-----we haven't finished our script! There's something creating a roadblock to completing our draft. It could be the final script or the first draft, or one of many rewrites. Either way, we are miles from where we...

Are you willing to be a writer?

I recently confronted myself over the idea of how willing I am to write. I talk about myself as a writer and it's a big part of my identity. I'm a writer. And I work the way I do and approach my work with a certain attitude that does not tend to change much over time....

How Generous Screenwriting Works

Why are you writing? When you write well, why does it make you feel good? If we are writing solely for our own benefit, what is the benefit? Writers who pursue material gains and popularity can write the same quality of scripts as writers who write to gratify their...

Black Friday Weekend Special!

Black Friday Weekend Specials!Scripts Feature Screenplay $65 Pilot (Hour) $60 Pilot (Half-Hour) $55 Short Script $50 Short Films  Get 35% off your short film submission!  Use Discount Code: SHORTBF2019  Written Analysis Enter your script by Monday, November 26th at...

Screenwriting isn’t Writing

Most people when they start writing scripts sit down and write like they are writing a novel or a love letter or something beautiful. This is not screenwriting. Screenwriting is closer to the writing of a recipe for pumpkin bread than a novel by Eudora Welty or...

How to Win an Oscar for Best Short Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the people who give out the Oscar, do a wonderful thing every year. They give Oscars to short filmmakers! The Oscar for Best Short Film (they give out two---Live Action and Animation) provides undiscovered...

The Best Idea for a Screenplay

Writers often wonder what idea they should choose to develop their next script. What idea will actually lay the foundation for an amazing story? What idea will be best for your career? What is the best idea out of all their ideas, which all seem to have equal appeal?...

Why We Write Animated Shorts

Animated short films are transcendent. A memorable one transcends time, age, gender, language and all the other beautiful intricacies that make us human. When we enter the magical world of an animated short, we forget about what sets us apart and remember what brings...

Battleship Pretension: The Other Side of The Meg

Gordy sits down with the cinephiles and hosts of Battleship Pretension to discuss the importance of subverting audience expectations and why great screenwriting is not above films like The Meg. "If you generate emotion and an abundance of it, it's going to generate...

2019 BlueCat Screenplay Competition: Regular Deadline

BlueCat's Regular Deadline is upon us! Enter your feature, short, hour or half-hour tv pilot by November 18th Midnight PST. You now have the option to submit your script through FilmFreeway! Written Analysis Every script submitted by November 18th, 2018 will receive...

Can You Write a Great Script?

One of the most common and personal questions I am asked by writers is whether I think they have what it takes to make it as a writer. Do you think I'm good enough? Should I quit writing? Do you think I should even bother? This is probably the most popular question I...

Why Screenwriting is Not Fair

I often hear writers complain about how unfair screenwriting is. I myself have felt this way many times. We're told many different things on how to write a script, completely contradictory advice. One blog says one thing, another podcast says don't do that. We go to a...

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