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December 18th, 2012

Two BlueCat Writers Make 2012 Black List

Congratulations to Ashleigh Powell and Young Il Kim for making this year's Black List! Young Il Kim won BlueCat in 2006 with his screenplay, Hyung's Overture. Ashleigh's script, Mallpocalypse, was a 2012 BlueCat finalist.

        SOMACELL by Ashleigh Powell                      RODHAM by Young Il Kim
A female prison guard in the future, where             During the height of the Watergate scandal, 
prisoners are rehabilitated with virtual reality,         rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest
discovers a conspiracy that puts her loyalty             lawyer chosen for the House of Judiciary
into question.                                                         Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon
                                                                              finds herself forced to choose between a
Read Ashleigh's exclusive BlueCat interview!            destined path to the White House and her
                                                                              unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her
                                                                              former boyfriend who now teaches law in
                                                                             Read Young's exclusive BlueCat interview!
Gordy Video: Screenplay Structure
Where is the best place to learn screenplay structure? Gordy explains how to identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story.
Workshop Review: 
Kansas City - Part Two


A workshop participant shares his personal experience following Gordy's recent workshop in Kansas City
"His input was direct, yet gentle enough that I don't think anyone felt beaten down. Also to his credit, the group conversation that followed maintained that same respectfulness and helpfulness."
Film Recommendation: Gayby

, a film produced by 2012 BlueCat finalist Zeke Farrow, is now available On Demand! Click here to learn more about Gayby and other highly touted independent films that you may have missed.
Top Ten: Animated Films 
(Not For Children)

These animated films are not your average Disney fairytales. Check out The Script Lab's take on the best animated films for adult audiences.
You're an Idiot: Making Value From Reaction to Your Screenwriting
Receiving feedback is one of the hardest things to deal with as a screenwriter, especially if it's negative. But how should you react to criticism of your work? Gordy offers up his advice on how to digest others' opinions on your writing. Check out the full article here! 
"Notes on your screenplay are not a personal attack. They might feel like it...but someone's reaction to your writing is not a reaction to you."
Selected Script: Funny People

Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen star in this dramedy written and directed by Judd Apatow (KNOCKED UP, THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN) about a famous, aging comedian who reevaluates his life after learning he has a terminal health condition.

Hey, Whaddya Say?

"If you're sitting in your minivan, playing your computer animated films for your children in the back seat, is it the animation that's entertaining you as you drive and listen? No, it's the storytelling. That's why we put so much importance on story. No amount of great animation will save a bad story."

-John Lasseter (TOY STORY, A BUG'S LIFE, CARS)
  Gordy Hoffman BlueCat Screenplay Workshops are a one-day, intensive opportunity to certifiably improve your script in a small group environment, led by award winning screenwriter and BlueCat founder Gordy Hoffman.
Your script will be read in advance both by Gordy as well as the other workshop participants; everyone receives in-depth feedback on their script from a number of different perspectives.


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