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With BlueCat founder and screenwriter/director Gordy Hoffman

Gordy with BlueCat co-producer Heather Schor


First prize is $10,000. The deadline is March 1st. Are you ready for the BlueCat Screenplay Competition?

This week, screenwriter/director and BlueCat founder Gordy Hoffman joins us for a look at this internationally acclaimed contest in which every entrant receives a written script analysis.

Raised in Fairport, N.Y., Gordy Hoffman graduated from the University of Kansas in 1987. He wrote his first stage play, “Hong Kong,” in Washington, D.C., where he was selected as a member of the Jeannie McKean Moore Poetry Workshop at George Washington University in 1990. In 1994, Gordy founded Company, a Chicago-based experimental workshop that explored the creation of original text through imaginative use of the voice and body. His plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, England, and Australia.

Gordy’s first screenplay, a black comedy about the underground donor organ market, remains unfinished. His second screenplay, “Love Liza,” directed by Todd Louiso and starring his brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. In 2001, Gordy was chosen for Fox Searchlab, a director development program at Fox Searchlight, where he wrote and directed three digital shorts: “The Woman Who Stopped Seeing Movies,” “Jack Signs,” and “Untitled.”

Gordy made his feature directorial debut with his script, “A Coat of Snow,” which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival. “A Coat of Snow” screened at the Milan Film Festival, made its North American Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood, and won the Domani Vision Award at VisionFest, held at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York. A professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Gordy is set to direct a war movie from his own script in 2007.

Join Gordy and host Paula B. as they discuss:

  • What the contest offers its winners
  • What sorts of screenplays have won
  • How winners get connected with the film industry
  • What sorts of critiques entrants get
  • Whether a film’s potential budget affects a screenplay’s chances of winning
  • What some of the most common writing faults are
  • How you can insert back story elegantly
  • How to write great log lines
  • How Gordy feels about titles.

Interviewee: Gordy Hoffman
Host: Paula B
Date: January 17, 2007
Running time: 34:21
File size: 25 megabytes
Rating: G
BlueCat’s Web site: The BlueCat Screenplay Competition