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The Official Newsletter of the

Bluecat Screenplay Competition   


June 3, 2014

IN THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER:
  • 2014 Winner HF Crum's BlueCat Table Read
  • Screenwriter Armando Iannucci On Comedy Writing
  • 3 Scripts: PRISONERS, SPRING BREAKERS, and ENOUGH SAID
  • Christopher Vogler On Mythic Structure And The Hero's Journey
  • Advice From Writer Emma Frost
  • An In-Depth Interview With Richard Linklater
  • Billy Wilder On His Writing Process
  • Workshop information

BLUECAT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

 

Every screenplay will receive one written analysis, 

with our best screenplays receiving 

over $40,000 in cash prizes.

 

Submit by June 15th and receive your written analysis by July 1st.

 

SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY

 

 For more competition details, please visit the Rules & Guidelines page.

 

 

 

BlueCat held a table reading for 

2014 Winner HF Crum's script 

3 FACES OF HUNGER & THIRST.

 


ARMANDO IANNUCCI ON COMEDY 
Interview from BFI


Screenwriter Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, Alan Partridge, HBO's Veep) offers some advice on comedy writing.



CHRISTOPHER VOGLER
Author: The Writer's Journey
 
Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, discusses Joseph Campbell, mythic structure, and the hero's journey.  
 
EMMA FROST ON WRITING
From Script Magazine  
 
Writer Emma Frost (BBC's The White Queen):
 

"The only way you learn to be a writer is you watch something that is good, once for pleasure and once with a remote control in your hand. Press pause at the end of every scene and write down the function of each scene as a numbered beat sheet. You completely take it apart. If you want to learn how to make a car, the first thing you would do is take it to pieces. I think screenwriting is exactly the same."

 
Hey, Whaddya Say? 
 

"A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later."

- Stanley Kubrick 
SELECTED SCRIPTS
Three Screenplay PDFs

 

PRISONERS
by Aaron Guzikowski (BlueCat alum!)

 READ THE SCRIPT

 

 
SPRING BREAKERS
by Harmony Korine
 
 
ENOUGH SAID
by Nicole Holofcener
RICHARD LINKLATER INTERVIEW
From Fox Searchlight 
 

Oscar nominated writer/director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed & Confused, Bernie, Before Sunrise) discusses screenwriting and filmmaking in this in-depth, two-part interview. 

 

BILLY WILDER
On His Writing Process
 
The great Billy Wilder discusses his writing process in this interview clip.
 
 
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BlueCat Screenwriting Workshops
 
BlueCat Screenplay Workshops are an 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.

Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for LOVE LIZA, Gordy Hoffman has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, as well as led workshops all over North America, Poland, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He has served as a panelist for the IFP Script to Screen Conference in NYC, Women in Film's Script DC Conference in Washington, DC, and the George Eastman House Film Festival, as well as a judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.

 

THE FULL SCRIPT WORKSHOP

Participants read all screenplays in advance of the workshop. During the workshop, Gordy provides direct and in-depth feedback on each screenplay, with everyone encouraged to contribute his or her own thoughts and concerns.

 

Each writer will leave with a great sense of what they can do specifically to improve their screenplay, as well as a better awareness of where they might properly develop as a professional screenwriter as a whole. Writers benefit from the direct focus placed on their screenplays by the workshop, along with the analysis of the other scripts.

 

Screenplays can be first drafts or rewrites, incomplete or partial, with first time writers and veterans all welcome. Scripts are due 10-14 days prior to the date of the workshop.

 

Note: Screenplays submitted to the workshop are not eligible to be entered into the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.

 

 

Regular Registration Option

Do you want to participate, but do not have a script to submit at this time? Regular registration for the workshop allows you to attend without submitting written material, read the scripts in advance and still participate in the discussion.

 

 


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:
 
June Online - June 19th - REGISTER
 
Los Angeles - June 29th - REGISTER
 
Brooklyn - July 19th - REGISTER

 

Portland - July 31st - REGISTER
 
August Online - August 14th - REGISTER 

  

Los Angeles - September 14th- REGISTER   

 

Please let us know if 

 

you'd like the BlueCat Workshop 

 

 to come to your town!

 

See you soon.  
 
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