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Save the Cat!: The Only Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need Paperback – 14 May 2005
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"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, Hope Springs, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, 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, Muppets Most Wanted (2014), The Muppets, The Shaggy Dog, Raising Helen, Walking Tall, 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
He's made millions of dollars selling screenplays to Hollywood and now screenwriter Blake Snyder tells all. "Save the Cat" is just one of Snyder's many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying - and saleable, including: the four elements of every winning logline; the seven immutable laws of screenplay physics; the ten genres and why they're important to your movie; why your Hero must serve your idea; and, how to get back on track with ironclad and proven rules for script repair. This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by an industry veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat. It helps you learn the seven immutable laws of screenplay physics, and discover 10 genres and why they're important. It also helps you to get back on track with ironclad and proven rules for script repair.
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It is an entertaining read and put across in a friendly way. I'm aware that Blake has left this planet but I'm glad that others have carried on with and from what he put together in this book.
I'm aware that there is a soon to be realeased Save the Cat book for novelists but I felt that it makes sense to familiarise myself with what it's about and I'm glad that I did. I have seem some people state that Save the Cat encourages formulaic stories and I suppose if you're not at all bothered about making more that a few quid from your writing then you might not like this. But if you do hope to make money, be successful and appeal to a large audience then surely you must accept at some point that you need to write very commercial stories.
Anyway, I recommend the book for a writer of stories, whether a screenwriter or a novelist. It's the second screenwriting book that I have bought and I hesitated over this one for quite a long time. And there's so much more to it than the 'Save the Cat!' element that the book is named for. Obviously it's not the only book on screenwriting that you will ever need, but one of them that you need.
Beat sheet adds the structure to your screenplays. I now have 3 boards 90 cm x 55 cm hung on doors to use for screenwriting.
Great book, pleasant read, and the author has a distinct charming personality in their writing. A must-read for aspiring feature film script writers or those studying film, but maybe not the priority of those focusing on short film or television.
This book started out as an analysis of successful films and the beats they all shared. The writer got a little proscriptive in the telling of his results, and so every junior script reader at the studios thinks it's the bible and absolute truth. This means every script that they send up to their employers pretty much hits all these beats to the page, and so every film feels the same. This book is why. That's why l hate it.
It is, however, a great analysis of story structure and how to implement that in a form that studio execs will understand and like. If you're a scriptwriter and trying to sell to studios, spend a few quid and learn what they're buying, then tailor your script too actually be saleable. Great book, I hate it!