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

BlueCat Screenplay Competition   

July 21st
  • EARLY DEADLINE: Best Movie Title
  • 2 Scripts: The Reader & The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Movie Titles and the Box Office
  • The Spielberg Oner
  • Robert Rodriguez's Bedhead
  • Ask BlueCat Video: How long does it take to write a great screenplay?
  • 39 Things to Know About Making a Movie at Pixar
  • Blue's Beats #9: The Social Network
  • Chicago and Vancouver Screenwriting Workshops
  • Texting and Tech In the Movies
  • Hollywood Pitch Fest July 24th-26th
  • Upcoming Screenwriting Workshops


Every year, we choose to highlight a small, but significant, part of your screenplays: the title. 
A lot of thought goes into the perfect few words and we choose to honor that creativity and effort through our annual Best Movie Title Contest. 
All short and feature-length screenplay submitted by August 1st are eligible.

Three winners receive a $250 Cash Award

Movie Titles and the Box Office

"Gravity" doesn't sound like a world-beating title, but the space flick has managed box office history. The Wrap explains how much a title actually impacts a film's commercial success. 

The Spielberg Oner


This short video takes a look at Spielberg's understated but effective use of the single, uncut shot. 
Robert Rodriguez's Bedhead

The winnings from Rodriguez's short film from 1991, available to view here, allowed him to finance his first feature, El Mariachi


39 Things to Know About Making a Movie at Pixar
A selection of award-winning writers, directors, and actors share their experiences and offer advice for aspiring filmmakers. 

AUGUST Screenwriting Workshops:
Chicago and Vancouver 

Sunday, August 9th
Saturday, August 29th 9:00am-6:00pm


The Reader
by David Hare

             READ THE SCRIPT

The Royal Tenenbaums
by Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson

ASK BLUECAT Video Series
Over our history, BlueCat's often been asked questions from our community, topics ranging from script formatting, improving dialogue or finding representation.  BlueCat founder and judge Gordy Hoffman attempts to answers your questions in our video feature, Ask BlueCat.

Q: How long does it take to write a great screenplay?


Dog Bowl Movie Merchandise

Support Gordy Hoffman's new short film, Dog Bowl, by purchasing a 

hoodie or t-shirt!

Blue's Beats: The Social Network
BlueCat Blog Series

Blue's Beats is a new blog series where we break down various nominated feature screenplays by identifying and discussing their important beats.  


Today we'll be taking a look at the 2010 American drama, The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. The film won several Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Hollywood Pitch Festival:
July 24th - 26th, 2015 

If you have a screenplay, teleplay, book, web series, short film or idea for a movie or TV show you'd like to sell, or are in need of an agent or a manager, attend the 19th Annual Hollywood Pitch Festival™ - the largest assembly of Hollywood buyers & representatives on the planet! This is your chance to present your story ideas directly to those in The Business who can actually jumpstart your career.
Texting and Tech In the Movies

This short video takes a look at how the evolution of texting and tech have been portrayed in the movies. 

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Upcoming 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.


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