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

BlueCat Screenplay Competition   


July 15, 2014

IN THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER:
  • Advice from BlueCat founder Gordy Hoffman 
  • 3 SCRIPTS: Heat, Big, and Adaptation
  • An interview with screenwriting legend William Goldman
  • Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) on her writing process
  • Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon script
  • Wisdom from comedy writer David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer)
  • 100 rules of filmmaking from famous directors
  • BlueCat Workshop information
  

MOVIE TITLE CONTEST

deadline: AUGUST 1ST

 

All scripts submitted to BlueCat by

AUGUST 1ST will be eligible for the 

MOVIE TITLE CONTEST.    

 

Our TOP 3 favorite titles 

will each receive a

cash prize of $250!

 

 
 
  

 

THE BLUECAT 

WRITING CHALLENGE

 Begins on August 1st

 

THE GOAL:

to write 100 pages in 

the month of August

 

stay tuned to our social media

and next week's newsletter for more info!



BLUECAT ADVICE VIDEO
From The BlueCat Blog


BlueCat founder Gordy Hoffman with some advice on scene length.

 

WATCH THE VIDEO


WILLIAM GOLDMAN INTERVIEW
From The Writers Guild Foundation
 

Legendary screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, Marathon Man) sits down for an hour and a half interview full of insight about his career and screenwriting in general.

 

WATCH THE VIDEO

 

ALINE BROSH MCKENNA 
From The Academy Originals
 

Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, We Bought a Zoo, Annie) discusses her writing process in this video from the Academy Originals series.   

 

Hey, Whaddya Say? 

 

"Most of the classic screenwriting rules are good to keep in mind, but I find that you have to go back and forth between looking at something through the lens of rules/conventions/structures on one hand, and freely imagining with no boundaries on the other."

- David Wain

co-writer/director of

Wet Hot American Summer and Wanderlust

SELECTED SCRIPTS
Three Screenplay PDFs

 

HEAT
by Michael Mann

 

 

BIG
by Gary Ross & Anne Spielberg
 
 
ADAPTATION
by Charlie Kaufman
100 RULES OF FILMMAKING
From Flavorwire
 
An amazing collection of filmmaking wisdom compiled by Flavorwire -- 
 
featuring 100 directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Jane Campion, Ridley Scott, and many more...
 

STANLEY KUBRICK'S NAPOLEON

 

For years, Stanley Kubrick attempted to make an epic biopic of Napoleon. Unfortunately, he was never able to get it off the ground.

 

Although we will never see Kubrick's complete vision for the film, we can still enjoy his original screenplay:

 

NAPOLEON by Stanley Kubrick 

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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: 

 

Los Angeles - July 19th - REGISTER
(only 2 spots left)

 

Portland - July 31st -  SOLD OUT

 

Pittsburgh - August 4th - REGISTER
(only 1 spot left)

 

Online - August 14th - SOLD OUT

  

Los Angeles - September 14th - REGISTER 

 

Honolulu - September 20th - REGISTER

 

Online - September 25th - REGISTER

 

San Francisco - October 25th - REGISTER   

 

Please let us know if 

 

you'd like the BlueCat Workshop 

 

 to come to your town!

 

See you soon.  

 

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