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

BlueCat Screenplay Competition   


October 28th, 2014


...BECAUSE WE GIVE EVERY PERSON WRITTEN FEEDBACK!
 


final deadline: NOVEMBER 15th

BLUECAT ONLINE 
SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP
November 6th


IN THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER:
  • 3 SCRIPTS: Hook, Panic Room, and Vanilla Sky
  • Screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) on his writing process
  • An inspiring speech from writer/filmmaker Jill Soloway 
  • Advice from BlueCat founder Gordy Hoffman
  • Wisdom from Frank Capra
  • Tons of filmmakers list their Top 10 Criterion Collection movies
  • The BlueCat Community Corner
  • BlueCat Workshop information

 

ERIC ROTH ON HIS PROCESS
from Academy Originals

 

 

Eric Roth (screenwriter of Forrest Gump and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) gives a fascinating look into his creative process in this video from the Academy Originals series.

AN INSPIRING  SPEECH FROM JILL SOLOWAY
from Film Independent

 

 

Attention filmmakers and writers: check out this Film Independent Keynote Address from writer/filmmaker Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, Amazon's Transparent). It's guaranteed to inspire you!
 

 

WATCH THE VIDEO

BLUECAT ADVICE VIDEO
From Ask BlueCat Videos 


 

"What principles for dialogue transcend genre or style?"

 

BlueCat founder Gordy Hoffman with some advice for approaching dialogue.

 

 

  WATCH THE VIDEO 

 

HEY, WHADDYA SAY?

 
"Don't follow trends, start them."

- Frank Capra

SELECTED SCRIPTS
Three Screenplay PDFs

HOOK
by Jim Hart
READ THE SCRIPT: 1st half, 2nd half

VANILLA SKY
by Cameron Crowe


PANIC ROOM 
by David Koepp


CRITERION TOP TENS
from The Criterion Collection

 

 

Tons of filmmakers, writers, actors, and artists list their top 10 favorite films in the Criterion Collection. It's a fascinating look into what inspires some of the greatest movie making minds in the world!


 

CHECK OUT THE LISTS

HEY, WHATCHA UP TO? 

The BlueCat
Community Corner

 

BlueCat is continuing our new Community Corner in the newsletter where each week we feature what YOU'RE up to.    

 

Do you play in a band, paint, write books, draw, sculpt, make short films or web series, etc.? Do you participate in an arts organization our community should know about?

 

Share your accomplishments as well as upcoming fairs, shows, screenings, and gatherings by emailing:

info@bluecatscreenplay.com

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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: 

 

  

Online - November 6th - REGISTER  

(Only 5 spots left)

  

Los Angeles - November 8th - REGISTER 

(Full registration SOLD OUT,  

regular registration still available)

 

 San Francisco - November 15th - REGISTER  

(Full registration SOLD OUT,  

regular registration still available)

 
 

Denver - November 24 -  REGISTER 

(Full registration SOLD OUT,  

regular registration still available)

  

Denver - November 25 - REGISTER  

(Full registration SOLD OUT,

regular registration still available)  

 

Online - December 4th - REGISTER  

 

Jacksonville - December 13th - REGISTER 

 

Los Angeles - February 21st - REGISTER

 

Salt Lake City - March 5th - REGISTER 

(Only 5 spots left)

 

Please let us know if 

 

you'd like the BlueCat Workshop 

 

 to come to your town!

 

See you soon.