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Save the Cat!® Podcast: The Bad Guys Close In Beat of <i>Nebraska</i>

Save the Cat!® Podcast: The Bad Guys Close In Beat of Nebraska

By on June 6, 2014 in About the Beats, Podcasts, Tools with 1 Comment

The Bad Guys Close In beat of Nebraska (written by Bob Nelson and directed by Alexander Payne) is a perfect example of how the beats of a good story, well told, work together. Brilliantly delivering on their set-ups, while revealing aspects of the characters’ emotional journeys, the pay-offs of this Bad Guys Close In beat […]

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Save the Cat!® Podcast: The Opening and Final Image Beats of <i>Dallas Buyers Club</i>

Save the Cat!® Podcast: The Opening and Final Image Beats of Dallas Buyers Club

By on May 30, 2014 in About the Beats, Podcasts, Tools with 1 Comment

If the Opening and Final Images show the true transformation of a hero, the story will really resonate. A powerful example comes from Jean-Marc Vallée’s fact-based drama, Dallas Buyers Club, and the changes we see in Ron Woodroof as played by Oscar®-winning Best Actor Matthew McConaughey. Hear Master Cat! Jose Silerio and Guy Thompson break down […]

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Save the Cat!® Podcast: What Is the Genre of <i>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</i>?

Save the Cat!® Podcast: What Is the Genre of Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

By on May 16, 2014 in Genre, Podcasts, Tools with 1 Comment

Can a Superhero be in a Whydunit… and if so, why? That’s the question Master Cat! Jose Silerio tackles in this podcast that considers what makes this big box-office hit resonate. Listen to Jose and Guy Thompson talk about Blake Snyder’s genres and this Marvel-ous movie.

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Save the Cat!® Podcast: The Opening and Final Image Beats of <i>Frozen</i>

Save the Cat!® Podcast: The Opening and Final Image Beats of Frozen

By on April 25, 2014 in About the Beats, Podcasts, Tools with 3 Comments

  Master Cat! Jose Silerio shows how the Opening and Final Images in this year’s Best Animated Picture Oscar® winner do exactly what they should, contrasting the world at the beginning of the story with the world at the end, and emphasizing the transformation of the film’s heroes. What should these beats achieve to make your […]

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Beat Sheets

<i>How to Train Your Dragon 2</i> Beat Sheet

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Beat Sheet

By on July 4, 2014 in Beat Sheet with 1 Comment

Our gratitude to  Master Cat! Cory Milles for this transformative analysis. The movie How to Train Your Dragon is dedicated to the memory of Blake Snyder, and with good reason. The film has the Beat Sheet flowing through its veins. It’s a primary example of how a story can use structure to weave a theme […]

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<i>The Twilight Zone®</i> “Time Enough at Last” Beat Sheet

The Twilight Zone® “Time Enough at Last” Beat Sheet

By on May 9, 2014 in Beat Sheet with 4 Comments

  Our thanks to Master Cat! Cory Milles, with additional insights from Melody Walkenhorst, for this eye-opening breakdown. From 1959 to 1963, Rod Serling’s brilliant TV series The Twilight Zone® introduced millions of viewers to the dimension of imagination. The show brought amazing stories that are both memorable and transcendent. Even today, 55 years later, the […]

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<i>Muppets Most Wanted</i> Beat Sheet

Muppets Most Wanted Beat Sheet

By on April 11, 2014 in Beat Sheet

Thanks to Master Cat! Cory Milles for this most-wanted breakdown. Written by:  James Bobin & Nicholas Stoller Directed by: James Bobin Genre: Frog with a Problem combined with Buddy Love Opening Image: The film opens up at the end of the last film… literally. As the image pans down from the words “The End,” it is obvious […]

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<i>Her</i> Beat Sheet

Her Beat Sheet

By on February 28, 2014 in Beat Sheet with 16 Comments

Thanks to Master Cat! Ben Frahm for this heartfelt breakdown of the movie whose Oscar® nominations include Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.  Written and Directed by: Spike Jonze Genre: Buddy Love: Incomplete Hero, Counterpart, Complication Sub-Genre: Rom-Com Love Opening Image: THEODORE (Joaquin Phoenix) writes a love letter on behalf of someone else. Pulling back, we realize […]

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Blog

Best of Our Blogs: A Safe Place

Best of Our Blogs: A Safe Place

By on July 18, 2014 in Today's Blog with 3 Comments

I wrote this 40 years ago, in the early ’70s — just for myself. It was never published until July 27, 2012, after the murders in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater. Blake and I shared the feeling that we can go into the theatre to be entertained, to laugh, to be inspired… and to be safe. Here’s […]

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A Master Cat! Transforms His Audience

A Master Cat! Transforms His Audience

By on July 11, 2014 in About the Beats, Today's Blog with 0 Comments

It was a masterful night as José Silerio hosted a standing-room-only crowd from the Veterans Writing Project at the Writers Guild of America West. José explained the step-by-step process of the Transformation Machine in a 90-minute plus powerpoint that compared the 15 beats of The King’s Speech, 12 Years a Slave, Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, and Gravity. […]

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The Best of Blake’s Blogs: Where’s the Irony?

The Best of Blake’s Blogs: Where’s the Irony?

By on June 27, 2014 in Today's Blog with 3 Comments

  This blog was originally published on August 21, 2008. As with so much of Blake’s writing, it still resonates today. I am feverishly writing away my third Cat! book. It’s called Save the Cat! Strikes Back and subtitled More Trouble for Screenwriters To Get In To… And Out Of. I am really having a […]

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Turning Screenplays into Graphic Novels

Turning Screenplays into Graphic Novels

By on June 20, 2014 in Today's Blog with 14 Comments

Our thanks to the irrepressible Sarah Beach, a friend of Blake and STC! Sarah worked many years as a researcher at Jeopardy, and wrote The Scribbler’s Guide to the Land of Myth, a book on mythic motifs for writers. You can visit the blog for that book or her more general website. But the big […]

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Success Stories

Big Hit for Marilyn Brandt

Big Hit for Marilyn Brandt

By on July 26, 2014 in Success Stories with 0 Comments

Congrats to STC! friend and guest blogger, Marilyn Brandt. Her On Any Given Sundae is part of the Love, Laughter & Happily Afters Collection, which has been on the USA Today Bestseller List for 4 weeks now! Check it out on Amazon, where it’s currently #105 overall in the Kindle Store and #1 in Kindle Anthologies! And […]

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Gaz Alazraki Sells Series to Netflix

Gaz Alazraki Sells Series to Netflix

By on April 24, 2014 in Success Stories

Gaz Alazraki, who “beat out” Nosotros Los Nobles, the highest grossing film in the history of Mexican movies, has sold the first Spanish-language original series to Netflix, based on the hit film. Read all about Gaz’s sale in Variety – and check out 2 blogs on this site: an exclusive interview with Gaz conducted by […]

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Lionsgate Buys STC-Influenced Sundance Hit

Lionsgate Buys STC-Influenced Sundance Hit

By on April 10, 2014 in Success Stories

Congrats to young filmmaker Justin Simien, whose Dear White People has been acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. As reported in The Guardian: “When it came to writing the story, Simien researched screenplay books to try and understand what kind of film he was writing and how it should be told, including Save The Cat, by […]

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Movie Deal for Master Cat! Jessica Brody

Movie Deal for Master Cat! Jessica Brody

By on March 25, 2014 in Success Stories

Congrats to Jessica, whose book Unremembered has been acquired by Reliance Entertainment and Kintop Pictures. Deepak Nayar (Vampire Academy, Paranoia, Bend it Like Beckham) and Tabrez Noorani (Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire) of Tamasha Talkies and Soumya Sundaresh of Citrusmuse are attached to produce. Read all about it in this exclusive Hollywood […]

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InkTip

By on June 27, 2014 in Pals with 0 Comments
InkTip

Four writers get their scripts optioned or sold each week with InkTip. In the last two years, producers and reps used InkTip to option, purchase, hire, and sign more than 500 scripts and writers.  Get your scripts in the hands of producers, agents and managers with InkTip. Register for your InkTip account and list your scripts today. To […]

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The Last Time I Spoke with Blake — Anne Lower

By on May 23, 2014 in Today's Blog
The Last Time I Spoke with Blake — Anne Lower

  Our gratitude to guest blogger Anne Lower, who serves as CEO of Apogee Entertainment, and was selected to create content for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s 125th Jubliee videos, which were streamed during the celebration to a standing room only audience at L.A. Live. Her short noir, Exit Plan, is pending distribution. She […]

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2 + 2 = 5?

By on May 2, 2014 in About the Beats, Today's Blog
2 + 2 = 5?

Thanks to Ben Frahm, who leads our Beat Sheet Workshops in New York City, for this helpful tip to avoid a deadly “bump” in logic. What’s one of the most common symptoms of a first draft or a first stab at cracking the 15 beats? It’s not that the material isn’t funny. Or the characters […]

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