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Screenwriter Gordy Hoffman

Screenwriter and BlueCat Screenplay Competition founder Gordy Hoffman joins Steve Kraske to talk about the importance of a good screenplay, the elements necessary for a good screenplay, and what themes are currently popular in Hollywood.By Up to Date, May 7, 2009

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Kansas City, MO – Any critic worth their weight in salt will tell you that no matter how good the special effects, no matter how talented the actors, no matter how renown the director, a film is nothing without a good screenplay.

So why is it that we don't pay much attention to them when the credits roll?

Screenwriter and BlueCat Screenplay Competition founder Gordy Hoffman talks with Steve Kraske about the importance of a good screenplay. We talk with Hoffman about the elements necessary for a good screenplay, and what themes are currently popular in Hollywood.

We also debate what makes art and independent screenplays different from their Hollywood-studio counterparts, why screenwriting competitions are important, and how screenwriters can learn from failure.

Additional Information:

Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival for LOVE LIZA, Gordy Hoffman made his feature directorial debut with his script, A COAT OF SNOW, which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno Intl Film Festival. A COAT OF SNOW made its North American Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood, going on to screen at the Milan Film Festival and the historic George Eastman House. The movie would go on to win the 2006 Domani Vision Award at VisionFest, held at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. Gordy is the founder and judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, and has conducted workshops all over North America and London. He recently taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and is now attached to direct a movie in 2009 in Europe.

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