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BlueCat Screenplay Competition   

July 28th
  • EARLY DEADLINE this Saturday: Best Movie Title
  • How To Properly Format Your Title
  • 2 Scripts: The Maltese Falcon & Short Term 12
  • The 50 Best B-Movie Titles of All Time
  • 1979 Interview with David Lynch
  • Ask BlueCat Video: Do screenwriting how-to books work?
  • Scorsese's 39 Must-See Foreign Films
  • Blue's Beats #10: Dallas Buyers Club
  • Denver and November Online Workshops
  • Lynne Ramsay: The Poetry of Details
  • BlueCat Alum's First Feature In Production With NZFC
  • The Cinema of Michael Mann
  • Upcoming Screenwriting Workshops


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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

How To Properly Format Your Title

In the treacherous world of screenwriting, many authors concern themselves with the occasionally obscure, often arcane practice of formatting and presenting their scripts. Industry professionals agree that the body of the work should be written in 12-point Courier font-a comfortable industry standard-but the correct formatting of the title, however, remains furiously contested. 


Of the various factions perpetually at war in the battle-scarred, no-man's-land of correct title formatting, some combatants maintain that the title MUST be written in ALL CAPITALS, while others identify the exact line number (twenty-five) on which the title should be written. Another guide (which can be read here) states that on all subsequent pages, the title should be written at the top of the page, -centered-, underscored, and in ALL CAPS.


The 50 Best B-Movie Titles of All Time

In an effort to maintain its platinum standard of high-quality journalism, The Hollywood Reporter has compiled this list of the 50 greatest B-movie titles of all time. 


1979 Interview with David Lynch


David Lynch casually chats about some of the directorial choices in Eraserhead, including the emphasis on his trademark darkly surreal comedy.
Scorsese's 39 Must-See Foreign Films
Ever a champion of visual literacy, Martin Scorsese enumerates his 39 must-see foreign films in an effort to jump-start the cinematic education of aspiring filmmakers. 

November Online Workshop
November 8th, 2015


 Denver Workshop
November 7th, 2015 8:00am-5:00pm
Lynne Ramsay:
The Poetry of Details

This video essay considers some of the detail-oriented visual poetry in a few scenes from Lynne Ramsay's filmography.



The Maltese Falcon
by John Huston

Short Term 12
by Destin Daniel Cretton

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: Do screenwriting how-to books really work?


Dog Bowl Movie Merchandise

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

hoodie or t-shirt!

Blue's Beats: Dallas Buyers Club
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 2013 American biographical drama, Dallas Buyers Club, written by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. The film was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 86th Academy Awards.

BlueCat Alum's First Feature In Production With NZFC

BlueCat alum Guy McDouall, winner of the 2012 Joplin Award, has recently enjoyed the optioning of his first feature, Random Acts of Violence, which is currently in production with the New Zealand Film Commission. 

The Cinema of Michael Mann

Explore director Michael Mann's thematic, aesthetic, and narrative patterns across his filmography in this short video. 

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