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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Here's what started the phenomenon: the best seller, for over 15 years, that's been used by screenwriters around the world! Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. "Save the Cat" is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying, including: The four elements of every winning logline The seven immutable laws of screenplay physics The 10 genres that every movie ever made can be categorized by - and why they're important to your script Why your Hero must serve your Idea Mastering the 15 Beats Creating the "Perfect Beast" by using The Board to map 40 scenes with conflict and emotional change How to get back on track with proven rules for script repair This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a showbiz 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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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

Table of Contents

Save the Cat! TABLE OF CONTENTS FOREWORD The official stamp of approval of the Save the Cat method from Sheila Hanahan Taylor, producer and development executive for Zide/Perry (American Pie, Final Destination, Hellboy) INTRODUCTION Why another screenwriting book? - Some background on the author and the reason for the book - And what does the phrase "Save the Cat" mean anyway? CHAPTER ONE: WHAT IS IT? The importance of "the idea" - What is a "logline" and what are the four requirements to creating a better one? - What is "high concept" and why is it still relevant? - Test pitching your movie for fun and profit - Plus five games to jump-start your idea-creating skills. CHAPTER TWO: GIVE ME THE SAME THING... ONLY DIFFERENT! All about genre - The 10 genres that every movie ever made can be categorized by - How genre is important to you and your movie - Plus ways to peg every movie's type. CHAPTER THREE: IT'S ABOUT A GUY WHO... The subject is the hero - Why the hero must serve the idea - How to adjust the hero to make your movie idea work better - The myth of casting your movie - Jungian archetypes and why we need 'em. CHAPTER FOUR: LET'S BEAT IT OUT! The beats of a movie as defined by the official "Blake Snyder Beat Sheet" a.k.a. the BS2 - An in-depth discussion of each of the 15 beats found in a successful movie as found in the BS2 - How the beats apply to Miss Congeniality. CHAPTER FIVE: BUILDING THE PERFECT BEAST Putting it up on the board - Sectioning off four horizontal rows, one for each section of the movie - 40 index cards and 40 only! - Troubleshooting based on the layout - How a screenplay is like a business plan and how you can create one that sells. CHAPTER SIX: THE IMMUTABLE LAWS OF SCREENPLAY PHYSICS Common sense rules of screenwriting based on experience in the trenches of Hollywood, such as: Save the Cat, The Pope in the Pool, Double Mumbo Jumbo, Laying Pipe, Too Much Marzipan a.k.a. Black Vet, Watch Out for That Glacier!, and Covenant of the Arc. CHAPTER SEVEN: WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? Despite everything, you've written 110 pages of nada - How to get back on track by using 6 fast double-checks on your work: The Hero Leads; Make The Bad Guy Badder; Turn, Turn, Turn; The Emotional Color Wheel; "Hi How Are You I'm Fine"; Take A Step Back - all ironclad and proven rules for script repair. CHAPTER EIGHT: FINAL FADE IN Before you send your script out, how can you smooth the way? - Marketing ideas for both the newbie and the established professional that will help you get your script sold and made - Plus personal examples. GLOSSARY From A to Z, a review of every slangy STC expression and Hollywood-inside-the-310-area-code term.

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