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Save the Cat!

The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
Snyder, Blake (Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Save the Cat!
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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!
Authors: Snyder, Blake, 1957-
Title: Save the cat!
the last book on screenwriting you'll ever need
Publisher: Studio City, CA : M. Wiese Productions, c2005
Characteristics: xvi, 195 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Blake Snyder
ISBN: 1932907009
Branch Call Number: 808.23 S675s 2005
Subject Headings: Motion picture authorship Motion picture plays Technique
Topical Term: Motion picture authorship
Motion picture plays
LCCN: 2004009134
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This fun-to-read insiders guide reveals the truth about what it takes to craft and sell a script. There are two other Save the Cat! books by the same author, with more tips and tricks for screenwriting success.


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To answer indigo lion 24...

Inception follows the rules outlined in this book to the tee.
The only difference is that the timeline is broken up and told in reverse.
They teach you that in Screenwriting 101.
I'm a screenwriter of 10 years experience and INCEPTION is one of the3 worst scripts ever written. It's chock full of exposition....which is death to a good script. I literally had to clench my teeth to get through it.
If you're a 12 year old action movie fanboy...or have the mental age of one... you might think that film is good.
Save the cat is mainly for hero driven action type movies, but it succintly puts together the correct structure of a screenplay. Nolan should read it...he might do better next trime.

May 09, 2013
  • indigo_lion_24 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Book has some good pieces of advice and practical insight from a guy who has been in the game as an actual screenwriter.

However, I couldn't shake that uneasy feeling i get when i read any book that tries to lay down the law about what is at it's heart an artistic enterprise-writing.

My suspicions were confirmed when the author, midway for the book says, "Screw Memento," a film which broke all his screenwriting rules and which though he admits is entertaining didn't make enough money for him to take it into account.

This is where I realized the book could prob be better titled, "How to be a successful hack."

Memento is a film far better than anything this author has penned and from the creative genius Christopher Nolan who went on to create Inception, a groundbreaking achievement in cinema.

This guy is in the pee wee leagues compared to him and should show way more respect for the creative process and departures that truly talented artists make when they create great movies.

Sep 29, 2011
  • ravensview rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Many nuggets of wisdom - and reminders that he's a successful screenwriter, so knows what he's talking about. His structure of 15 beats in a screenplay is interesting, and I suppose could fit a novel too. Might buy this for my writing shelf.

Aug 24, 2011
  • baskinex1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an invaluable book for any kind of writer. I could read it again and again.

Aug 05, 2011
  • horthhill rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"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.

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