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What's New, BlueCat? 
The Official Newsletter of the

Bluecat Screenplay Competition   

August 27th, 2013

  • Title Contest Semi-Finalists
  • Interviews with David Gordon Green
  • 30 Greatest Films That Take Place During One Day 
  • Writing Tools of Famous Authors
  • Dialogue Tips from GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
  • #BeTheChange: A Challenge to Writers
  • Universal Pictures Writing Fellowship
  • Business: Hollywood's Biggest Bang for Its Buck
  • BlueCat Finalist's Film to Premiere in Los Angeles 
  • Selected Script: PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
  • Upcoming Workshops: Omaha and Online
2014 Call for Entries
We are now open for submissions!

Official Call for Entries 
Next Deadline: Sunday, 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
Four Finalists

$2,500 Prize


Best Short Screenplay

$10,000 Grand Prize

Three Finalists

$1,500 Prize


The Cordelia Award

Best Feature Screenplay from the UK

$1,500 Prize


The Joplin Award

Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK

$1,500 Prize



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.

  • Elijah Wood produced Ana Lily Amipour's A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, set for release in late 2013.

  • 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 
Here are our 50 Semi-Finalists for the 2014 BlueCat Movie Title Contest!

Help the BlueCat Staff determine the Top Ten by telling us on Facebook what titles you feel should win.

Please post your Top Three from this list, liking and commenting on your favorites (and not so favorites!)

Congrats and have fun!


A Love So Loud by Heather Ferrell
A Second Last Breath by Amanda Creiglow
American Buddha by Andrew Quinn
Asshole by Choice by Anil Gonnabathula
Backstabbing Betty by Kimberley Sutton
Blind and Dangerous by Leon Tidwell
Bury 'Em Deep by Stephen L. Stafford
BUTT by Josh Bassett
Children of the Sky by Jamie Duneier
Coney Island Whitefish by Bart Teracino & Dan Spellacy
Conquistador by Liam Goulding
Dating Picasso by Nicole Barrett
Drinking In Church by Kieran Angelini
Drunken Rat Bastards by Luis Cordoba
Fat Year by Marcy Jarreau and Jessica Stickles
Fountain of Ruth by Dante Savoy Love
From Somewhere by Tim Shaw
Guns and Butter by Adam Vander Schaaf
He Was a Teenage Sex Demon! by Scott Mooney
Hush The Moon Is Sleeping by John Preuss
If The Trees Could Talk by Michael Weinstein
In Between the Shades of Truth by Delilah Karenina Gámez
Killing Dolph Lundgren by Billy Good and Adam Kowal
Lies To Get Laid By by Torkjell Stromme
Motor City Burning by Sean O'Reilly
My Purple Bicycle of Insanity by Curtis Torchia
Nobody In My Family Has Sex by Carol C. Farrand
Once, Before I Knew You by David Anthony
Pretty Ugly Things by Kate Maracle
Requiem for a Beauty Queen by Wayne Coughlin
Rolling Dark by Paul J. Williams
Southern Discomfort by Matt Torina
Strange Dick by Matthew Kennedy
Superheroine and Her Father by Terezia Kontova
Take Your Grandma to Work Day by David Ngo
The Devil's Jokebook by Phil Clarke Jr.
The Graveyard Girl by Jamie Michael Perrington
The Incredible Frog Boy Is On the Loose Again! by Zach Jansen
The Postman's Letter by Ellen Johnson
The Sunny Side of Down by Luke Nuto
The Zombie Psychic by Gary Phillips
There is a trampoline at the bottom of the well by Dejan Stankovic
Tina Fey is My Friend by Melissa Kong
Turn Your Head And Cough by Barry Kelly
Unplugging Aunt Vera by Angela Page
Walking Cities by Anna Abrashina
Winning Isn't Anything by Rich Ehrenreich
Yankee Doodle Dandy, Mon by Debra Ehrhardt
You Don't Know Dick by Christine Lucas
Zen and the Supermarket Sample Lady by Scott Burton
Video Interview: David Gordon Green  
DP/30: David Gordon Green, writer/director Prince Avalanche 
DP/30: David Gordon Green, writer/director PRINCE AVALANCHE
David Gordon Green sat down for an interview with DP/30 last month. Green has directed comedies such as PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, fantasy films like YOUR HIGHNESS, and dramas like his feature film debut GEORGE WASHINGTON.

From DP/30:
"This conversation starts with DGG's earliest film experiences to the production of PRINCE AVALANCHE, starring Paul Rudd & Emile Hirsch."
The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors
From Flavorwire
Flavorwire once again provides a peak inside the lives of famous writers. This time, they examine the tools of the trade.

What tools do you utilize to write? Head over to Facebook and let us know.

@MysteryExec's Challenge to Write Better Female Characters 
A recent post from "Go Into The Story," the official screenwriting blog of The Black List, relates to the ongoing troubles in regard to the representation of women in Hollywood that we have discussed in previous newsletters.

Follow the link below for the post that relays a barrage of Twitter messages from someone known as "Mystery Executive," who challenged writers to write better characters.

From GITS:

"As cynical, beat up and downtrodden any industry insider may be working the hours they do, I have never met one who hasn't desperately wanted to crack open a new script and be wowed by what they read. Safe to say that goes for @MysteryExec as well. For all we know, @MysteryExec may be some community college dropout working as a stock boy at a pissant Radio Shack in Pacoima, but when he goes into #BeTheChange mode, it doesn't matter: He is a prophet crying in the wilderness, proclaiming the truth from high atop Mount Twitter."


Hollywood's Biggest Bang for Its Buck 
From The NYTimes 
A recent article from The New York Times analyzed the return on investment across several genres of Hollywood films.

The results? Documentaries and horror films provide the biggest payouts. Follow the link below for the full story.

From The NYTimes:

"The average movie earned 452 percent of its original production budget in global box office revenues, or about 4.5 times the budget. The genre with the biggest box office R.O.I. was actually documentary, with domestic box office returns averaging 12 times the original production budget, and global returns at nearly 27 times the original budget."

Selected Script:

Story by Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Screenplay by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
David Gordon Green on the Future of Film
David Gordon Green & Chris Hardwick at Tribeca's Future of Film - Full Video
David Gordon Green & Chris Hardwick at Tribeca's Future of Film - Full Video
In recent months, we've heard from the likes of Spielberg, Lucas, and Soderbergh on the future of film. Here's one more point of view, perhaps a bit more refreshing than others. Take a look and let us know what you think of Green's point of view.

From IndieWire:
"In the fifty-five minute interview below Green discusses his work, up to and including PRINCE AVALANCHE, how the film business shapes what he does, and the various ways in which he tries to transcend genre. The most interesting discussion details why Green jumps from both the big and small screen (which he also explained here); it's a method, he explains, that "takes the pressure off" and allows you to tell the studios where to shove it. It's a serious juggling act that has paid off for Green, as he defies expectations and just does what he wants to do."
30 Greatest Films That Take Place in One Day  
Talk about a time crunch. Fitting your script into a single day is a big challenge. Here's a list of 30 films that did it well.

Did your favorite make the list?
Let us know.

10 Screenwriting Tips from GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS 
Dialogue Tips from ScriptShadow
In the latest edition of ScriptShadow's "10 Tips," dialogue is the highlight, with Carson Reeves dissecting the "razor-sharp dialogue" featured in David Mamet's adaptation of his stage play, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.

From ScriptShadow:

"What's so great about
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS is that the characters never say anything unless they want something." 
Universal Pictures Launches Emerging Writers Fellowship 
In case you missed it...

Universal Pictures recently announced a new fellowship for screenwriters. Applications will be accepted starting in September. Ten finalists will be interviewed in Los Angeles, with up to five fellows being chosen. Check out the link for all of the details.


"Emerging writers who are chosen to participate in the program will work within the studio to hone their skills and gain access and exposure to Universal executives, producers and other key industry professionals.
2012 Finalist Zeke Farrow's Film BEST KEPT SECRET to Premiere in Los Angeles  
Q/A with filmmakers on Sep. 8 
Best Kept Secret trailer 
2012 Finalist Zeke Farrow's film, BEST KEPT SECRET will make its L.A. debut next month. For screening info, visit the Laemmle website here.

About the film:
"In BEST KEPT SECRET a Newark, NJ teacher struggles to prepare her students with autism to survive in the brutal world that awaits them once they graduate." 
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