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  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907353
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

In the long-awaited sequel to his surprise bestseller, Save the Cat!, author and screenwriter Blake Snyder returns to form in a fast-paced follow-up that proves why his is the most talked-about approach to screenwriting in years. In the perfect companion piece to his first book, Snyder delivers even more insider's information gleaned from a 20-year track record as ?one of Hollywood's most successful spec screenwriters, ? giving you the clues to write your movie. Designed for screenwriters, novelists, and movie fans, this book gives readers the key breakdowns of the 50 most instructional movies from the past 30 years. From M*A*S*H to Crash, from Alien to Saw, from 10 to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Snyder reveals how screenwriters who came before you tackled the same challenges you are facing with the film you want to write ? or the one you are currently working on.
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Blake Snyder is the authors behind the best selling line of screenwriting books called, Save the Cat
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I highly recommend this book for your writing career.
Mary Larsen
If after the first book you thought "Are movies really that easily categorized?" then this book will answer your question big time.
Alexandru Sava
What I really like about both books is their overall tone, the easy way Mr Snyder writes about movies/screenplays.
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Aadip Desai on December 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
If Save The Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need is your main weapon in testing concept, building your screenplay, or pitching, then this book is your sidearm. I take both books with me everywhere I go.

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.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline VINE VOICE on October 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I still stand by what I said in my review of Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need

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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.
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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.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Frederic Woodbridge VINE VOICE on December 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
Proof, it's a beautiful thing.

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!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Dagnal-Myron on October 9, 2007
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My screenwriter friend and mentor, Blake Snyder, has become The Man in some circles on the basis of his first book, "Save the Cat." And whether you love or hate him for "Blank Check" and the rest of his films, the industry has taken his templates to heart. And many studios actually weigh your submissions against it now. That's just the truth, not me bragging on his behalf.

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.
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