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Picking The Title of Your Script

Picking The Title of Your ScriptWhy are you reading this? Most likely because you don’t like what you’re calling your screenplay. What’s it called? Do you have a title or a working title? A working title is a title that sucks that you put on the file of your script,...

7 Steps to Writing Your Screenplay

7 Steps to Writing Your Screenplay1. Choosing a StoryMost professional writers I know have a surplus of ideas. Because of this they tend to think little of them. But choosing a good concept is, in many ways, the most important step of all, assuming you follow through...

5 Storytelling Flaws in The Great Gatsby

I haven’t read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby since I was in the ninth grade, twenty years ago now, but I do remember it being a quick read; at fifty thousand words, an average reader can go cover to cover in little more than four hours. Watching the most...

Top 5 Silent Sequences in Film #BlueCatBlog

Theater has dialogue, novels have the internal lives of characters, and movies have dynamic visuals. There is, of course, overlap. Many films are driven by dialogue, as are many novels, and the visuals in a Robert Wilson operetta are more important than mere words....

Four Screenwriting Lessons We Can Learn from Iron Man 3

I don’t usually like to go to movies on their opening weekend—crowds of more than twenty tend to make me nervous—but it can occasionally be fun to see a big movie in a packed house. You get caught up in the atmosphere of the whole affair and have a better time than...

How To Win BlueCat by Gordy Hoffman

 Are you preparing to send in your screenplay to the BlueCat Screenplay Competition before the deadline? What can you do before you enter to increase your chances of advancing, placing and perhaps winning BlueCat?The first thing you should know is BlueCat is very hard...

Kubrick’s Boxes

I watched a movie on Kubrick's boxes last night. The master would prepare so completely and with such great detail, he left behind thousands of boxes of photographs, notes, memos, fan letters and blank stationary, all collected and stored meticulously in service of...

The Rogue Knight of Cinema: Why Screenplay Contests Matter

Screenplay contests are changing cinema. Coming from a person who runs one, your first reaction to this statement is most likely, "The only reason you're saying that is you want me to enter yours."Or more frankly, "You just want my money."Well, coming from one who...

You are the Box Office Smash: The Personal Screenplay

Right this very second, in the heart of every struggling, undiscovered screenwriter, in the dark, hidden corner deep within, there is a voice, a clear whisper, saying one thing:You're never gonna figure this out.And this is not referring to the story with its gaping...

Naming Your Baby: How to Find a Great Screenplay Title

How exactly does one work on their screenplay title? I recently came up with such a wonderful idea for a movie, one of those miraculous moments, like finding money on the sidewalk. I told somebody, and they said, "Great. What's the title?" Suddenly, and rather...

Discovering the Great Movie Idea for Your Next Screenplay

I am lucky. I have no problems coming up with very good ideas for movies. If I never had another idea for the rest of my life, I would not make a sizable dent in the ones I already have. Screenwriters who struggle with coming up with an idea tend to be visibly annoyed...

Screenwriting Tips from a Screenplay Contest Judge

After cracking hundreds of screenplays sent into the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, the same problems in the execution of the story and script continue to emerge. Here is a general overview of these persistent issues.Do you realize what you're saying??In the theatre,...

How to Start a Screenplay: Treatment or Free Fall?

Starting a screenplay can sometimes be as hard as finishing one. Impatient to pull up to the front door of a classic motion picture, I want to get everything right so quickly. This impatience challenges my trust in the work, the creative process of screenwriting. What...

Writing the Classic Movie Ending (How to Finish your Screenplay!)

I've only finished so many screenplays in my life. Writing a script all the way to the very last page is always an extremely significant, personal achievement for me. A large part of its significance is the reality that I actually wrote an ending, or, at the very...

Rewriting your Screenplay: The Road to your Audience

  The promise of the rewrite is very sweet. I have collected evidence that the more authentic the labor put into rewriting your screenplay, the greater the reward, and the reward is high, for whatever lovely, wonderful moments you might have discovered in the...

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