In this video, Founder and Judge Gordy Hoffman discusses the necessity of establishing tone in the opening of your film. Many writers want to know if they can open their film with grotesque imagery. Gordy mentions films that have successfully used horrific imagery in their opening minutes, but it was always done in the service of story. If you are using shock for shock’s sake, it is not going to work.

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Founded by writer Gordy Hoffman, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has been discovering and developing writers for over twenty years. Each writer who enters BlueCat is guaranteed a written analysis by one of our talented readers, in the hopes of providing constructive feedback that will help you grow as a writer.