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The Official Newsletter of the
Bluecat Screenplay Competition
August 20th, 2013
IN THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER:
|2014 Call for Entries
We are now open for submissions!
Official Call for Entries
Next Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2013
Entry Fee: ($60 Features, $40 Shorts)
All entry fees increase after September 1.
This year, BlueCat establishes one of the largest cash prizes in the world for a Short Screenplay, with a Grand prize of $10,000, along with an increase in our Feature prize to $15,000.
Students will be eligible to submit their short screenplay at a discounted rate of $29 for the duration of the competition.
Each Short Screenplay submission will receive one written analysis, while each Feature Screenplay entry will receive two.
All submissions will be eligible for a Resubmission entry if received by the October 15th deadline.
Best Feature Screenplay
$15,000 Grand Prize
SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY
Best Short Screenplay
$10,000 Grand Prize
The Cordelia Award
Best Feature Screenplay from the UK
The Joplin Award
Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK
Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:
Young Il Kim's script, RODHAM, a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director James Ponsoldt (THE SPECTACULAR NOW). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.
Aaron Guzikowski's PRISONERS, starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo, will be released September 2013. The Sundance Channel recently bought Aaron's TV pilot, THE DESCENDANTS, making it their second scripted show after RECTIFY.
Ashleigh Powell sold her script, SOMACELL, to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.
- SOMACELL, along with RODHAM, were two 2012 Blacklist Scripts written by BlueCat Alumni.
2014 Title Contest
Every year, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition holds a Title Contest for all of our early submissions. All entries submitted by August 1st were eligible.
Out of the 1847 submissions BlueCat has already received, we selected the following 130 Quarter-Finalists.
All entrants will vote to determine our Semi-Finalists, which will be announced next week. The Top 3 Winners will receive $250 each.
Congratulations to our Quarter-Finalists, and thanks to everyone who submitted.
|8 Ways (my Mother was Conceived)||by||Michaela Di Cesare|
|A Gringo Honeymoon||by||David Blake & Alexandra Debricon|
|A Homeless Housewarming||by||Curt Kirkhoff and Khoa Pham|
|A Love So Loud||by||Heather Ferrell|
|A Morning Like No Other||by||Pedro Santos|
|A Second Last Breath||by||Amanda Creiglow|
|A Sort of Homecoming||by||Jason Hancock|
|A Succession of Ordinary Days||by||Matthew Haynes|
|Accordian Boy - Life And Times Of||by||William Golych|
|All The Way With LBJ||by||Randy Schubring|
|Alone To.get.her||by||Francine Obum|
|American Buddha||by||Andrew Quinn|
|An Australian Psycho In Dixie||by||Matt Torina|
|Anything but Normal||by||Micele L Kirby|
|Apocalypse... When?||by||Greg Dorchak|
|Asshole by Choice||by||Anil Gonnabathula|
|Backstabbing Betty||by||Kimberley Sutton|
|Bad Night Worse||by||Nate Early|
Beyond the Badge
|by||Robert Carl Johnson|
|Big Brothel||by||Paul Staples|
|Birth of a Mother||by||Julia Woods|
|Blind and Dangerous||by||Leon Tidwell|
|Blue Blood||by||Bastiaan Koch|
|Breakfast at Gerardo's||by||Kim Nunley|
|Broadcasting Sex||by||John Arnold|
|Brothers in Arms||by||Tom Moriarty|
|Brownstone Follies||by||Suzanne Griffin|
|Budd & Spiff||by||Seth Newton|
|Bullets & Men||by||Brando Keoni Bowthorpe|
|Bury 'Em Deep||by||Stephen L. Stafford|
|But Jesus' Mother Was Only 14!||by||Wayne Dean|
|Camp Wishaway||by||Shauna Becker|
|Carnival of Emotions||by||Madeline Ortiz Mendez|
|Cash and Quinn||by||Miriam Tenner|
|Casualty of Love||by||Erik Santos|
|Chasing Bugsy||by||Ola Hall|
|Children of the Sky||by||Jamie Duneier|
|Coney Island Whitefish||by||Bart Teracino & Dan Spellacy|
|Continuity Error||by||Edward O'Neill|
|Cool Rockin' Jesus||by||Steven Ray Brooks|
|Cracks In Her Makeup||by||Leon Kelly|
|Darkness in Paradise||by||James E. Pendergast|
|Dating Picasso||by||Nicole Barrett|
|Dead Men Will Rise||by||Connor Twigg|
|Death & The Pizza Guy||by||Daniel Rogers|
|Do These Jeans Make My Ass Look Big?||by||Alec Peters|
|Drinking In Church||by||Kieran Angelini|
|Drunken Rat Bastards||by||Luis Cordoba|
Elves Gone Wild
|Essentially American||by||Brad Staggs|
|Fat Year||by||Marcy Jarreau and Jessica Stickles|
|Fathers, Sons and Green Beans||by||Kathleen Twombley|
|Fountain of Ruth||by||Dante Savoy Love|
|From Somewhere||by||Tim Shaw|
|Frying Bacon with Aaron Cohen||by||Nadia Anatolia Selvaggi|
|Fuck. I'm in my Thirties.||by||Jill Rasmussen|
|Funny How it Hurts||by||Sarah Zimmerman and Grace Pushman|
|Gumbo & Hash||by||Jonathan Chauser|
|Guns and Butter||by||Adam Vander Schaaf|
|Halloween Jenkins||by||Matt Black|
|Hitting the Mattresses||by||Michael J. Schrader & David W. Strom|
|Hopeless Heroes||by||Dee Chilton|
|Hush The Moon Is Sleeping||by||John Preuss|
|If It Happens Again I'll Kill You||by||Lisa Jay|
|If The Trees Could Talk||by||Michael Weinstein|
|In Between the Shades of Truth||by||Delilah Karenina G√°mez|
|In Kevin McConnell We Trust||by||Mark von Sternberg|
|It's a Fuzzy Situation||by||Joseph Kotisso|
|Larry Gone Demon||by||Matthew John Lawrence|
|Leaving Graceland||by||Tracey Lion-Cachet|
|Lies To Get Laid By||by||Torkjell Stromme|
|Life Is Gay||by||Brad Raucci|
|Little George: The Goat Sucker||by||Bill Daley|
|Long Way from Texas||by||Tim Fitzharris|
|Love and Death on Waterloo Battlefield||by||Gabriele Dado'|
|Man, I Feel Like a Woman||by||Jordan Imiola|
|Memories of a Forgotten Love||by||Mohammad A. Nawaz|
|Motor City Burning||by||Sean O'Reilly|
Mustard Seed Kids
|My Purple Bicycle of Insanity||by||Curtis Torchia|
|No Rhyme... No Reason||by||Dawn and Kathryne Leak|
|Nobody In My Family Has Sex||by||Carol C. Farrand|
|Nobody's Darling||by||Matthew John Lawrence|
|Nurse Roberts and the Five Cent Song||by||Eileen-Rita Folwell|
|Odyssey of Truth||by||Michael J. Tucker|
Of Wolves and Men
|by||Robert Dan O¨•Neill|
|Once, Before I Knew You||by||David Anthony|
|One Second Chance||by||Frank S. Ramisch|
|Operation Love Fest||by||Anthony Ecclissi|
|Painful Beautiful Sex||by||Jeff Aron Lable |
|Play within a Play||by||Ellie Pyle|
|Pretty Ugly Things||by||Kate Maracle|
|Product of a One Night Stand||by||Lisa S Smith|
Rachel Within Richard
|Reeling In The Years||by||Roddy Forsyth|
|Requiem for a Beauty Queen||by||Wayne Coughlin|
|Rescuing Superman||by||Lois Wickstrom|
|Rolling Dark||by||Paul J. Williams|
|Runnin' With The Devil||by||Justin Briggs|
|Scandinavian Rhapsody||by||Jennifer Hahn|
|Sex, Drugs & Spiritual Enlightenment||by||Kyle Bostian|
|Skiing with Shakespeare||by||Julian Mountfield|
|Soup Sandwich||by||Sabrina Siebert|
|Southern Discomfort||by||Matt Torina|
|Stick it to The Man?||by||Matthew Scheer|
|Student (Getaway) Driver||by||Nick Scown|
|Sunday Mourning||by||Tony Sarrecchia|
|Take Your Grandma to Work Day||by||David Ngo|
|The Art of Falling in Love||by||Randall Barber|
|THE DEAD CAN'T HUNT YOU DOWN||by||Lee Matthew Goldberg|
|The Death of Christmas||by||Lowell Smith|
|The Devil's Jokebook||by||Phil Clarke Jr.|
|The Graveyard Girl||by||Jamie Michael Perrington|
The Legend of Slink E. Weesel
|The One. The Only.||by||Sharon Goldner|
|The Postman's Letter||by||Ellen Johnson|
|The Sunny Side of Down||by||Luke Nuto|
|The Ugliest Woman in the World||by||Amina Kearney|
|The Vegan and the Beast||by||Jodi Lustig|
|Three Bed, One Bath||by||Tanner Bean|
|Turn Your Head And Cough||by||Barry Kelly|
|UNPLUGGING AUNT VERA||by||Angela Page|
|Walking Cities||by||Anna Abrashina|
|Welcome to the Real World||by||Gary J Collins|
|Winning Isn't Anything||by||Rich Ehrenreich|
|You Don't Know Dick||by||Christine Lucas|
|Zen and the Supermarket Sample Lady||by||Scott Burton|
The Screenwriters of SPECTACULAR NOW
On creating realistic characters, and dealing with executives
Scott Neustadter (left) and
Michael Weber (right)
Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber are a pair of indie screenwriters that are on a hot streak that started with (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, led to another hit this summer, and will continue with four more upcoming adaptations.
The first interview features Michael Weber discussing the process of crafting realistic teenage characters in their latest script, THE SPECTACULAR NOW.
"The duo...have crafted a script that's far more complex and fully realized than the average teen drama
The second interview features both writers discussing adaptation, collaboration, and advice for executives.
"Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the screenwriting partners who debuted with the surprise indie hit, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, are back with THE SPECTACULAR NOW, a subtle, deeply felt look at teen love and disillusionment. Neustader and Weber have made a name for themselves as scribes with a knack for character; something highly sought-after in development circles."
Long Lost Orson Welles Film Recently Found in Italy
Last week we shared a clip of Orson Welles delivering a talk to a French film class. This week, we thought we'd share the news (in case you haven't heard) about a recent discovery of a Welles film that predates CITIZEN KANE by two years.
The film stars Joseph Cotten, and is described as "...a very significant piece of the jigsaw of Welles' art."
From the Los Angeles Times:
"A 35mm nitrate work print of TOO MUCH JOHNSON was recently found in a warehouse in Pordenone, Italy, by staff at Cinemazero, the film exhibition organization that partners with Cineteca del Friuli for the city's annual silent film festival, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto."
| Writing Tips from Famous Writers
BuzzFeed sure can compile lists. Every once in a while, they can provide something useful for a writer. Case in point: "30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors."
"Writing is easy: All you have to do is start writing, finish writing, and make sure it's good. But here's some vastly more useful wisdom and advice from people who seriously know what the hell they're talking about."
|40 Foreign Films to Watch Instantly
It's been a while since we've had any streaming suggestions to share, but with help from GearPatrol.com's "Streaming Cinephile," the drought is over.
"In the golden age of the so-called 'art cinema', college-aged cineastes and middle-aged professorial types needed only to congregate at the local repertory theatre for a fix of the latest and greatest in international film...[Now] a vast library of international movies are available to watch instantly with the stroke of a keyboard, granted they're already paying for access to services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime...You too can become a film snob - with very little actual work.
Written by Scott Neustadter
& Michael Weber
| 40 Filmmaking Podcasts You Should Listen To
From Filmmaker IQ
If you don't have a group of local filmmakers to talk shop with, the internet provides a slew of great alternative.
40 FILMMAKING PODCASTS
With thanks to FilmmakerIQ, here's a long list of filmmaking podcasts that are sure to provide enough discussion to get you through every day of the week.
|Video Interview: Danny Strong
Writer of LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER
Danny Strong Describes His First Screenplay
Danny Strong, another actor-turned-screenwriter, has hit his stride when it comes to his writing. With LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER
out now, Strong will also serve as writer for two installments of the HUNGER GAMES
Go Into the Story recently posted a collection of videos from Big Think
, featuring Strong discussing his writing.
From Go Into the Story
"Danny Strong began his career as an actor, then with the 2008 HBO movie RECOUNT, he added screenwriting to his resume. Other writing credits: GAME CHANGE, LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 and PART 2."
| When Women Ruled
Early Days of Hollywood
|Frances Marion |
We've covered the gender gap in Hollywood in past newsletters, so we were excited to find this article on BuzzFeed (click here
The article expands on the highlights of a San Francisco Chronicle
column which details the early successes of female screenwriters in Hollywood.
"In the early days of Hollywood, most screenwriters were women. Some started out as actresses, others as journalists. Some regularly collaborated with specific directors; others, with female stars. Yet today few people know about them.
Take Frances Marion. She was one of the most successful screenwriters of all time. She penned 200 produced films, in every possible genre, and even helped create a genre, the prison drama, with THE BIG HOUSE (1930), for which she won an Academy Award.
Marion's name should be as recognizable as that of directors Cecil B. De Mille and Erich Von Stroheim. But it's a familiar Hollywood story: The writer gets the shaft
The Mystery of Storytelling
TEDx Talk: Julian Friedmann
The mystery of storytelling: Julian Friedmann at TEDxEaling
This video features a TEDx talk on storytelling. Take a look and see if you can apply Friedmann's lessons to your screenwriting.
"How we tell stories seems to be a mysterious process that millions around the world want to be able to do, but 99.9% effectively fail. Why is it so hard for storyteller and audience to be one? What we communicate can change the lives of the writer and the audience. However, why stories matter and how to tell them better may not be as mysterious as it seems. Julian Friedmann has worked with writers for over 40 years; he believes understanding that storytelling is more about the audience than the writer will result in better storytelling."
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