Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake SnyderSave the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder

Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need

byBlake Snyder

Paperback | May 25, 2005

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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!
Title:Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever NeedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:195 pages, 8.9 × 6.26 × 0.53 inPublished:May 25, 2005Publisher:Michael Wiese ProductionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1932907009

ISBN - 13:9781932907001

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Customer Reviews of Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book for beginner beginning screenwriters! A lot of structure tips that you should look at when you're writing. Also, the perfect guide if you're struggling with something not working in your script.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugh Not a good book for beginning screenwriters. I've seen students sweat over making sure things happen on particular pages (Theme Stated, Break into Two) as Blake Snyder arrogantly prescribes throughout this dispiriting and disheartening book. I encourage all screenwriters, particularly those who are just starting out, to read lost of plays and screenplays, watch loads of movies from different eras and different countries and learn as much as you can about yourself before trying to follow this book. This book will not feed your imagination. It will guide you through writing predictable "content" like grinding low quality meat into an unsatisfying weiner. The book has an occasional useful tip or insight but not enough to warrant reading the wretched thing.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An insightful read.... This is an amazing guide that should be on the "must read" list for aspiring writers of any medium!
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't bad. Chatty. Fun Read "Save the Cat!" was a fun, chatty read but certainly not "the last book on screenwriting you'll ever need." I found his advice "Don't involve the press" - meaning, in the story, don't have media reporting about the character's adventure - probably good advice. Snyder says he got it from Spielberg who deliberately kept out a press element in ET. Logically, in the real world, the media would be all over a real live alien. But, in the story world, involving the press in the story seems to make the story seem less real. I think that might be true. Overall, Save the Cat! had little bits of wisdom here and there.
Date published: 2011-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Story Structure Magic This is a must-have book for writers! It's funny, readable, and informative. SAVE THE CAT is aimed at screenwriters but any story-teller will find the book fascinating. The author, Blake Synder, breaks down the structural elements of a story into logical progressions. Not only does he tell you what they are, but when, how and why to use them. The terms Blake uses to describe various aspects - save the cat (refers to an element of characterization), pope in the pool (more for screenplays than novels, but interesting none-the-less), double mumbo jumbo, and (my favourite) watch out for that glacier - are both funny and memorable. Best of all are the examples he uses from movies. Blake connects movie scenes with his story theory, crystallizing the idea in the reader's mind and leaving no doubt to the validity of the structural point. With this book, you'll understand *why* some stories/movies are ho-hum while others are magic. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2008-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not The Last Book You'll Ever Need Had a lot of great information for beginning screenplay writers. It is an easy read and not very hard to follow and understand. I would have marked that I "loved it" but at times the writer comes across as over arrogant and says things "must" be done a certain way, but there are countless examples that don't follow his formula. But it does have a lot of useful information in it that may help you go from wanting to be a screenplay writer to actually being one. It is worth a read if you are interested in becoming a screenplay writer or just interested in the subject.
Date published: 2006-06-14

Editorial Reviews

“One of the most comprehensive and insightful how-to's out there. Save the Cat! is a must-read for both the novice and the professional screenwriter.” – Todd Black, Producer, The Weather Man, S.W.A.T, Alex and Emma, Antwone Fisher“Want to know how to be a successful writer in Hollywood? The answers are here. Blake Snyder has written an insider's book that's informative — and funny, too.” – David Hoberman, Producer, The Shaggy Dog (2005), Raising Helen, Walking Tall, Bringing Down the House, Monk (TV)"You'd have to look far and wide to find a better book to help you achieve your goals. Quite simply one of the most practical guides to writing mainstream spec scripts on the market." – Screentalk Magazine