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Save the Cat!® Podcast: The Debate Beat in <i>12 Years a Slave</i>

Save the Cat!® Podcast: The Debate Beat in 12 Years a Slave

By on March 21, 2014 in Podcasts, Tools with 1 Comment

Master Cat! Jose Silerio shows how the Debate beat in this year’s Best Picture Oscar® winner does exactly what it should, setting up the Theme Stated and telling the audience what this story is about: how Solomon Northrup will live… and not just merely survive. Listen to Jose and Guy Thompson get to the essence of 12 […]

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Save the Cat!® podcast: Genre and <i>Gravity</i>

Save the Cat!® podcast: Genre and Gravity

By on March 8, 2014 in Genre, Podcasts, Tools with 5 Comments

Master Cat! Jose Silerio shows how Gravity is a Dude(tte) with a Problem — and how knowing the genre of your story can help you write it — in this discussion with Guy Thompson.

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Reworking the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet

Reworking the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet

By on January 31, 2014 in Tools with 25 Comments

Master Cat! Jose Silerio writes about an exciting, different, and downloadable format for the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet from workshop attendee and writer Tom Gowen: Our workshops are a great opportunity to vet your ideas and put them through the wringer — or as we call it: The Blake Snyder Beat Sheet (or BS2). It’s always an […]

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The Blake Snyder Beat Sheet (The BS2)

The Blake Snyder Beat Sheet (The BS2)

By on December 26, 2013 in Tools

 Structure a story that resonates using Blake’s 15 beats. Download pdf »

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Beat Sheets

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

Muppets Most Wanted Beat Sheet

By on April 11, 2014 in Beat Sheet with 0 Comments

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 14 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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<i>Inside Llewyn Davis</i> Beat Sheet

Inside Llewyn Davis Beat Sheet

By on February 7, 2014 in Beat Sheet

  Thanks to Tom Reed for this brilliant analysis, available as a downloadable pdf after the introduction below. The latest Coen Brothers movie has divided audiences and critics. Some call it a poetic and profound masterpiece; others find it dull, off-putting and depressing. Considering the paltry box office it’s clear mainstream moviegoers have ignored it. […]

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<i>Frozen</i> Beat Sheet

Frozen Beat Sheet

By on January 10, 2014 in Beat Sheet

Thanks to Master Cat! Cory Milles for this heart-melting breakdown of Disney’s smash hit. Writers: Jennifer Lee (screenplay); Hans Christian Anderson (story: “The Snow Queen”); Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck and Shane Morris (story) Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Genre: Buddy Love Opening Image:  A single snowflake drifts through the sky, its crystals developing into a unique […]

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Character Pitfalls by Kristan Higgins

Character Pitfalls by Kristan Higgins

By on March 28, 2014 in Novel Writing, Today's Blog with 11 Comments

We love when Kristan Higgins graces our pages. She always has great tips for screenwriters and authors. And she’s funny and entertaining—just like her books. Kristan is a New York Times bestselling author of a dozen novels, which are sold on six continents and translated into 20 languages. Her latest book, Waiting On You, is […]

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Classic Beats from Five Disney Animated Films

Classic Beats from Five Disney Animated Films

By on March 14, 2014 in About the Beats, Today's Blog with 2 Comments

Our thanks to Master Cat! Cory Milles for this perceptive blog: From the early days of hand-drawn cells to its recent offerings of CGI, Disney animated films have always connected with audiences in a powerful way, and with good reason: they never fail to hit the beats. Here is a sampling of some great examples […]

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<i>Good Like This </i> and the Cat!

Good Like This and the Cat!

Our thanks for this illuminating blog to Peter Arpesella, an author, actor, and writer based in Los Angeles, originally from Rimini, Italy. His family owned the historical Grand Hotel, where family friend Federico Fellini set his legendary Amarcord. After his successful excursion in the investment banking world, Peter discovered that storytelling is a lot more fun and moved to the […]

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From the Best of Blake’s Blogs: Claim Your Victory

From the Best of Blake’s Blogs: Claim Your Victory

By on February 14, 2014 in Today's Blog

This post by Blake Snyder was originally published on July 10, 2008. “I don’t know if you realize how far you’ve come in a year.” I said these words to a writer the other day, and when I did I thought “What an understatement!” Flashing back to those initial interactions with her, her progress is obvious […]

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Success Stories

Lionsgate Buys STC-Influenced Sundance Hit

Lionsgate Buys STC-Influenced Sundance Hit

By on April 10, 2014 in Success Stories with 0 Comments

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 with 1 Comment

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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Another Honor for Al Rodriguez

Another Honor for Al Rodriguez

By on March 14, 2014 in Success Stories with 1 Comment

Congrats to Master Cat! Alvaro Rodriguez, who’s a featured speaker at the Ohio State University’s 3rd Annual Latino Role Models Day. Check out Latino_Role_Models_Day_2014.

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Jamie Nash <i>Exists</i>!

Jamie Nash Exists!

By on March 9, 2014 in Success Stories with 1 Comment

Congrats to STC! Friend — and good pal of Blake — Jamie Nash, whose latest film, Exists, was acquired for distribution by Lionsgate after a sold-out midnight screening at SXSW. The horror flick, written by Jamie and directed by Eduardo Sanchez of The Blair Witch Project, is billed as Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, when […]

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Other Recent Posts

Talentville

By on March 26, 2014 in Pals with 0 Comments
Talentville

Talentville is an online screenwriting community created by Final Draft® co-founder Ben Cahan that aims to give a voice to screenwriters everywhere who may lack insider connections but still share the dream of being produced. By bringing together writers from all over the world in a collaborative environment, by banding together as a whole to help […]

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Stephanie Palmer’s Good in a Room

By on March 26, 2014 in Pals with 0 Comments
Stephanie Palmer’s <i>Good in a Room</i>

We go waaay back with Stephanie Palmer. Blake taught his first STC! workshops in her wonderful Westwood office. Stephanie helps film and TV writers learn to pitch and sell their projects. She is the author of the book Good in a Room and has been featured on The Today Show, Early Show, National Public Radio and in […]

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Romany Malco’s New Sitcom

By on February 25, 2014 in Success Stories with 0 Comments
Romany Malco’s New Sitcom

Congrats to STC! Beat Sheet Workshop alumnus, Romany Malco, who also spoke at Blake’s memorial, for his new gig as the star of the ABC-TV sitcom pilot based on Kevin Hart’s life and stand-up act. Way to go, Romany!

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