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Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter's Guide to Every Story Ever Told Paperback – October 1, 2007
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Like his original book, this is a very fast, entertaining, and insightful read. Most importantly, it is inspiring because it reveals that anyone can apply this technique very easily to their projects or other's. There are many A HA moments in this book.
If you were unclear about the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet (BSBS), Blake shows you how he analyzes many classic, popular, and intriguing films within his genre/structural framework. Blake defines genre as a grouping of stories that share similar patterns and characters. By the time you finish both these books, you will be surprised how easily his method works with almost any film. Instead of merely saying, these are horror movies, he says they are Monster In The House movies, and then goes on to give you some baseline criteria to figure out if you are writing one. You think you're just writing a romantic comedy, but according to Blake you're actually writing a Buddy Love or Golden Fleece. He continues this method of analysis across 10 of his own genre definitions and 50 movies.
Finally, his website [...] is a wealth of free information, resources, and links to other helpful websites. I also highly suggest taking one of his courses, or seeing him speak. Not only is Blake a kind, generous, and thoughtful teacher, but his energy and enthusiasm is downright infectious. He's also really tall.Read more ›
It is indeed the LAST book you will need (and you do need it) to create saleable screenplays.
That means it isn't the first one. STC! summarizes and organizes, rearranges emphasis, and illuminates all the myriad other techniques taught in other books.
STCGoes To The Movies is actually more a prequel to STC!, or maybe a Teacher's Handbook or as another review states a "Companion Book." Other reviews have described the contents of this book, but perhaps not explained the unique lessons to be learned by writers.
STCGTTM does the homework assignments of STC! for you. Blake walks you through the "Beats" from his beat sheet, or paradigm, for "The Great Classic Film" by breaking down dozens of famous movies and naming many others where you'll find the same form.
You'd think that doing the homework for you would be cheating, but it's more like the answers in the back of your math textbook -- it shows you when you've made a mistake but lets you correct that mistake yourself and thus become strong in problem solving.
Snyder uses movies you're familiar with -- but the beginning writer, and even many experienced published writers, would be tongue tied at trying to describe them. Even using Snyder's Beat Sheet (a list of points in a film script), a writer would make errors in identifying the beats from only viewing a film.
Do a couple yourself. Watch a DVD of an award winning blockbuster. Write down the content of the 14 pivotal moments in the film.Read more ›
Many reviewers of the original Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need pilloried Snyder for advocating formulaic movies with his Beat Sheet (BS2). With this new book, he seems to have shown that formulaic screenwriting does not exactly result from using his "system".
With such a diverse group of movies as contained in this book, I hope those critics will finally understand that any particular screenplay structure system is not the important thing. What is important is to have a logical structure, and Snyder's just as good as any other, regardless of the hype.
Good on you, Blake!
This format wasn't easy for me to follow. In fact, I was in near tears every week while he tried to walk me through a script now making the rounds in Hollywood to some serious acclaim. I'm a non-linear thinker who HATES formulas and plot-driven, "high concept" movies, and Blake is the master of both. But what I learned from him throughout that ordeal has gotten me closer to sales than I ever dreamt I'd be. I now have a couple of producers who are hip pocketing my stuff, determined to get me up on that screen. Blake is why.
So, imagine my delight when I read his second book and realized that HE had been learning from ME, too. All the "gaps" in his format that made my head ache and my eyes tear up as I struggled are addressed in this book. Here's what I wrote to him (and apparently he teared up, too, when he read it):
"Okay...this book answers all those questions swirling around in my head when I'd go dead silent on the phone back when! Seeing your beat sheet of Napoleon Dynamite, for instance, has just solved the problems I was having with no less than THREE "Rites of Passage" scripts I've begun and had to set aside. Those are the types of scripts I love best, but I could never figure out what the "theme" or real journey of discovery really was, because all the other books out there couldn't SHOW me this in a way I could internalize.Read more ›
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The sign of an expert when he can take a complex issue and make it simple for the "masses". Blake's books are like that. Read morePublished 23 days ago by lika
I went back through my scripts and adjusted accordingly after reading this book. This resulted in tighter stories and a better product. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D.L. Williams
This is a continuation and refinement of the original book. You get a lot in the original and this extends the approach so it's more able to be used in different circumstances.Published 6 months ago by Peter Leighton
I am constantly referring to this book to look for examples that might provide ideas and insights about structure points in my stories.Published 7 months ago by Mr. Nunya Baeznous
The late Blake Snyder breaks down 50 great films into their plot beats, and gives examples of all kinds of films. If you want to write Screenplays or fiction. Read morePublished 10 months ago by William K Abbott
A great compliment to Save The Cat and Save The Cat Strikes Back. Breaks down the films into easy to understand segments, then shows you how they all fit back together. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bookworm