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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...

How long does it really take to write a screenplay?

Writing a script is so hard. Our most important concern is when the difficulty will end! Who likes to suffer? No one does. Yet if you're stuck with the virus in your soul that continues to imagine stories, congratulations, you belong to an ancient line of tortured...

Skip These Submission Mistakes

Have you ever rushed a script for a contest deadline? You're not alone. Gordy Hoffman sits down with Film Courage to highlight the common mistakes writers commit when they submit their script to a competition before it's really ready. There's no better adrenaline rush...

5 Tips To Consider Before Writing Your TV Pilot

You have a delicious idea for a fresh, binge-worthy television series. With the evolution of streaming services like Netflix, Youtube and Amazon, it seems that episodic storytelling has no bounds. If this is your first rodeo writing for tv, it is important to know...

2019 BlueCat Screenplay Competition – Early Deadline

The Early Deadline for BlueCat’s 2019 Screenplay Competition is here! Submit your script by Sunday, September 30th Midnight PST. Written Analysis Every script submitted by the Early Deadline – September 30th, 2018 – will receive their written analysis by October 15th,...

Film Courage: How Do I Write A Screenplay?

In this inspiring interview with Film Courage, Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answers THE question every screenwriter wants the solution to – “How Do I Write A Screenplay?” Gordy’s response is simple and straightforward, “Start...

What Your Script’s Title Page Says About You

The title page of a script. It’s not a sexy screenwriting topic. Heck, I’m not sure it’s even a topic in most screenwriting courses or books about screenwriting. But, believe it or not, your screenplay’s title page says a lot about you, as a screenwriter. The script’s...

3 Times to Be Self-Critical During the Writing Process

In order to survive as a writer without going completely insane, you need to be your own biggest fan. You need to believe, deeply and truly, that you have talent, that you’re only improving over time, and that if you keep working hard, you’ll find success. You’ll...

Screenwriting Rules: There are No Rules

There are tons of books, videos, blogs, and podcasts that will tell you what the screenwriting rules are. We have quite a number on this very website. Here are five popular suggestions that might be more helpful if you ignore them! Hook the Reader in the First 10...

Film Development & Finance: Studio vs. Indie

Studio vs Independent Financing - Knowing What's Best for Your Project Onto the Next Hurdle Your screenplay has been written, re-written, and polished up more times than you can count. You have a hot commodity on your hands that shows great promise as a feature film....

7 Reasons Successful Screenwriters Live in Los Angeles

Successful screenwriters can live anywhere. There's not even a debate over this. I understand people have many opinions on why you should live in Los Angeles, and how it can help you reach your professional goals as a screenwriter if you do live in Hollywood. After...

Meet 2018 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Winners!

BlueCat is excited to congratulate the winners of the 2018 Screenplay Competition! Chosen from a collective pool of over 4200 scripts, these five scripts represent the hard work of six incredibly talented writers. Read below to learn more about this year’s winners!...

BlueCat Hosts First Short Film Festival

Reaching New Heights On Tuesday, June 19th, BlueCat held its inaugural Short Film Festival at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles, California. A total of 10 short films were selected to screen from a competitive pool of 594 submissions. "We've been a screenplay...

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