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The Official Newsletter of the

BlueCat Screenplay Competition   



February 10th, 2015

   

 

Only Five Days Away From Announcing Top Ten Percent! 
  
Attention screenwriters! This coming Sunday, February 15th, the top ten percent of entries to the BlueCat Screenplay Competition will be announced.


On March 1st, we will be announcing the 2015 Competition's Quarter-Finalists!

IN THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER:
  • Anatomy of a Scene: Boyhood with Writer/Director Richard Linklater
  • The Business of Screenwriting: An Interview with Terry Rossio
  • BlueCat Alum Enters Film Festival
  • 3 Scripts: Star Wars: A New Hope, Dark City, and Looper
  • BAFTA Screenwriting Lecture: David S. Goyer
  • BlueCat Archive: Writing Good Dialogue and Description
  • Insurgent Screenwriter Brian Duffield on Writing for a Franchise
  • Screenwriters Share their Advice - featuring Lake Bell, Richard Linklater, Danny Strong, and more
  • The BlueCat Community Corner
  • BlueCat Workshop information
ANATOMY OF A SCENE: BOYHOOD
from The New York Times
Writer/Director Richard Linklater discusses a sequence from his drama, Boyhood.
 
THE BUSINESS OF SCREENWRITING: AN INTERVIEW WITH TERRY ROSSIO
From Make Your Story a Movie

In this interview, Terry Rossio (co-writer of Aladin, Shrek, and The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) frankly discusses his experiences as a writer/producer. He addresses the realities of what  happens monetarily when you sell a screenplay, what makes a good agent or manager, and how important it is to be able to pitch your work.

WRITING GOOD DIALOGUE AND DESCRIPTION 
From The BlueCat Archives 

 

Dialogue and Description are where the experience of your screenplay for the reader lives. In this article BlueCat founder and judge Gordy Hoffman discusses how to find a balance between description and dialogue, and how to use both to effectively tell the story you are writing.  

 

SCREENWRITERS SHARE THEIR ADVICE
from The New York Times
A select group of screenwriters share what inspired them to pursue screenwriting and their secrets to writing a memorable script. Featured writers include: Greta Gerwig, Andrew Bujalski, Richard Linklater, Danny Strong, and many more.

HEY, WHADDYA SAY?

 

"Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there will always be better writers than you and there will always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that - but you are the only you"

Author Stardust, Coraline, Mirrormask
BLUECAT ALUM ENTERS FILM FESTIVAL
from Vimeo
Writer/Director Tony Mullen won the 2011 BlueCat Fellini Award for his script, Electric Town. Now a short film, Electric Town has been selected to screen at the 2015 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.  
 
SELECTED SCRIPTS
Three Screenplay PDFs

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
by George Lucas

Dark City
by Alex Proyas, Lem Dobbs,
& David S. Goyer

Looper
by Rian Johnson


INSURGENT SCREENWRITER ON WRITING FOR A FRANCHISE
From Final Draft
Insurgent screenwriter Brian Duffield talks moving to L.A. after college, struggling to make himself known in Hollywood, and what it's like to write a script for a hit franchise.
 
HEY, WHATCHA UP TO? 

The BlueCat Community Corner:
Ursula Pastuszka

 

BlueCat community member Ursula Pastuszka has been showcasing her various artistic endeavors on UrsulaPastuszka.com. From paintings to cloisonn to custom funny cards, Ursula shares her wonderful creations with the world. Thanks for sharing Ursula!


What are you 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  

Please use the subject line Community Corner Submission
SCREENWRITING LECTURE: DAVID S. GOYER
From BAFTA

Screenwriter David S. Goyer (Dark City, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) gives a BAFTA Screenwriters Lecture about his first script, writing for TV and why persistence pays off.  
 
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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 - February 21st - REGISTER 

(Full Registration Sold Out)  

 

Billings, Montana - March 3rd - REGISTER
 (Only 2 spots left)

Intro to Screenwriting - Montana - March 4th - REGISTER 

 

Online - March 19th - REGISTER 

 

Austin - March 21st - REGISTER  

 

Nashville - April 18th -  REGISTER 

 

Honolulu - March 28th - REGISTER 

 

San Francisco - May 2nd - REGISTER 

(Only 5 spots left)

  

Online - May 7th - REGISTER
(Only 5 spots left)

Los Angeles - May 16th - REGISTER

Phoenix - July 25th - REGISTER
 (Only 1 spot left)

Portland - September 9th - REGISTER
(Only 4 spots left)

Please let us know if you'd like the BlueCat Workshop 

to come to your town!

 

See you soon.