January 28, 2018 Episode 202 - Gordy Hoffman (Screenwriting)

Gordy Hoffman is a screenwriter and director known for Dog Bowl (2015), Love Liza (2002), and A Coat of Snow (2005). Gordy is the founder of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition a contest designed for finding and fostering undiscovered writing talent. The winning screenplay from the 2005 competition, Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach was purchased by Greenestreet Films, and was released in 2009. Gordy has also taught graduate screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.


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-- Seinfeld - Elaine hates the English Patient

-- Save the Cat!  - Here’s what started the phenomenon: the best seller, for over 15 years, that’s been used by screenwriters around the world. Blake Snyder

-- Paul Thomas Anderson - is an American filmmaker. In 1993, he wrote and directed a short film titled Cigarettes & Coffee on a budget of $20,000. After he attended the Sundance Institute, Anderson had a deal with Rysher Entertainment to direct his first feature film, a neo-noir crime thriller titled Hard Eight, in 1996. Anderson received critical and commercial success for his film Boogie Nights (1997), set during the Golden Age of Porn in the 1970s and 1980s. His third feature, Magnolia (1999), takes place over a single day in the San Fernando Valley, following the interconnected lives of several characters in search of happiness and resolution. It received strongly positive reviews despite struggling at the box office. In 2002, the romantic comedy-drama Punch-Drunk Love, Anderson's fourth feature, was released to generally favorable reviews.  The epic drama There Will Be Blood (2007), set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, centers on a silver miner's efforts to capitalize on the Southern California oil boom. Released after a five-year absence, it garnered wide acclaim from critics. Anderson's sixth film, the drama The Master (2012), was released to critical acclaim. His seventh film, the crime comedy-drama Inherent Vice, based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon, was released in 2014, to somewhat polarized reviews, but acclaim from some critics. He made Junun, a documentary about the making of an album of the same name. His eighth feature film, Phantom Thread, which reunited him with There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis (in his supposed final film performance), was released in December 2017.

-- The Master - the journey of a naval veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future–until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

-- Phantom Thread -

-- Boogie Nights -  is a 1997 American drama film written, produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It is set in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and focuses on a young nightclub dishwasher who becomes a popular star of pornographic films, chronicling his rise in the Golden Age of Porn of the 1970s through to his fall during the excesses of the 1980s. The film is an expansion of Anderson's mockumentary short film The Dirk Diggler Story (1988). It stars Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heather Graham.

-- Phillip Seymour Hoffman - was an American actor, director, and producer. Best known for his distinctive supporting and character roles – typically lowlifes, eccentrics, bullies, and misfits – Hoffman acted in many films from the early 1990s until 2014.

-- Love Liza - Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, website designer Wilson Joel (Philip Seymour Hoffman) turns to gasoline fumes and remote control gaming while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law (Kathy Bates).

Love Liza won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

-- Dog Bowl - A heartbroken girl spiraling through life stumbles upon the true nature of her existence after stealing the vest off of a service dog. A short film written and directed by Gordy Hoffman. Dog Bowl had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen at over 50 festivals around the world.

-- Blue Cat Screenwriting Competition - Founded by award winning writer/director Gordy Hoffman in 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today, becoming one of the largest and most prestigious screenplay competitions in the world. BlueCat’s Winners and Finalists have been signed by major talent agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, sold their work to studios like Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal, and won major awards at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, all after being discovered by and winning BlueCat.


  • Regular Deadline: February 1st, 2018. Feature $60, Pilot (Hour) $55, Pilot (Half-Hour) $50, Short Script $50, Short Film $50.
  • Final Deadline: February 20th, 2018. Feature $65, Pilot (Hour) $60, Pilot (Half-Hour) $55, Short Script $55, Short Film $55.

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