Bluecat Screenplay Competition It has been a long time since I've entered a screenwriting competition. I ran across the Bluecat competition the other day which looked pretty interesting and renewed my interest in such competitions. I've entered two screenplays into it so far, and plan on entering LOD once the current draft is complete. Apart from being run by Gordy Hoffman, brother of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the other interesting aspect of the competition is that it offers feedback for every script entered. Late entrants (like me) won't see the feedback until July, but not many contests offer this sort of added value for the cost of entry.
I'm thinking of giving the Nicholls Fellowship a shot this year as well. I've no idea if my stuff has what it takes to win, but even getting to the quarter finals in Nicholls can be helpful and while the odds of winning the Nicholls are long, they seem to be improving a bit. In the past few years, the number of entries received has been in a downward trend; 2007 saw over a 1000 fewer entries than their 2004 record of 6073. I don't know how much this trend really improves my chances, but it certainly can't hurt them.
I've finally entered into the world of Apple products. I bought a Mac today, a 13 inch 2.2 gig, core 2 duo Macbook. It looks like a pretty nice machine, but it's not for me. My daughter has been after me for the last year to get her a laptop. I finally relented and told her that if she didn't mind getting a Mac, and occasionally sharing it with dad, she could get one. While I've been assured by James that Macs have their share of issues too, I'm sick of dealing with viruses, not to mention paying for virus protection "suites", and dealing with the shitty multimedia capabilities in Windows.