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Master Cats

Save the Cat!® instructors, whom we affectionately refer to as Master Cats, are accomplished writers, many of whom were mentored by Blake Snyder and worked closely with him to develop and teach our popular In-Person Beat Sheet Screenwriting Workshops. The Master Cats also teach our Online Beat Sheet Screenwriting Workshops and consult on scripts and novels.

Ben Frahm

Ben Frahm

Ben Frahm. A screenwriter who sold “Dr. Sensitive” to Universal, Ben was a member of Blake Snyder’s Writers Group, and consulted on How to Train Your Dragon. Ben had 2 produced credits in 2016: co-writer of the feature The Discreet Pleasures of Rejection for Warner Bros International and co-writer of the TV series (Des)encontros (or Mismatched) for Sony TV International. He teaches screenwriting at both Syracuse University and Ithaca College and teaches both our New York City in-person workshops and  our online workshops. “If this is your first time selling a script, take some advice from Ben Frahm. Ben has a true gift for concept.” –– Blake Snyder, Save the Cat!® Strikes Back – More Trouble for Writers to Get Into… and Out Of. See Ben’s beat sheets and blogs.

Naomi Beaty

Naomi Beaty

Naomi Beaty. A screenwriter and script consultant, Naomi has written projects for producers in the U.S., Taiwan, and Australia, and consulted on the 2016 Raindance Film Festival “Indie Film of the Year” winner, Selling Isobel. Earlier, Naomi worked on the other side of the development desk at Madonna and Guy Oseary’s Maverick Films. Naomi was also an editor of Save the Cat!® Goes to the Indies The Screenwriters Guide to 50 Films from the Masters, co-hosts the Save the Cat® podcasts, and teaches both our Los Angeles in-person workshops and our online workshops.  “I am also thrilled to thank Naomi Beaty, brilliant researcher and writer, and the one person I can email at 3:00 a.m. to ask who said what when in nearly ANY movie!” — Blake Snyder, Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies.  See Naomi’s beat sheets and blogs.

Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez. A writer currently on the staff of NBC’s Chicago Fire, Al’s other credits include the film Machete, the television series From Dusk Till Dawn, and the upcoming feature to be released in September 2017, The Last Rampage. He attended the beat sheet workshop and master class with Blake Snyder and has led beat sheet workshops in Austin and San Antonio. Additionally, he has made several appearances on the Austin Film Festival television show On Story on PBS, in conversation with award-winning writers and filmmakers, and has appeared on panels at AFF, the Great American Pitchfest and others. See Alvaro’s beat sheets and blogs.

Jessica Brody

Jessica Brody

Jessica Brody. The author of more than 15 books for teens, tweens, and adults including A Week of Mondays, Boys of Summer, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, and the three books in the sci-fi Unremembered trilogy. She also writes books for the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently in development as major motion pictures. Jessica is currently working on Save the Cat!® Writes a Novel, to be published by Ten Speed/Random House in fall, 2018. See Jessica’s beat sheets and blogs.

Cory Milles

Cory Milles

Cory Milles. Teaching writing for over a decade, Cory’s Young Adult novels seek to capture the power of story to transform his readers. When he’s not writing, teaching, or listening to his collection of movie scores, he can usually be found reading more on the craft of writing. He is an editor of Save the Cat!® Goes to the Indies and the author of the Young Adult novels New Miller’s Grove, Legacy, Paradox and Redemption and is featured in the book LOST Thought: Leading Thinkers Discuss LOST. See Cory’s beat sheets and blogs.

Salva Rubio

Salva Rubio

Salva Rubio. Blake’s student, this Barcelona-based screenwriter and novelist applies his mentor’s principles to 50 independent, European and cult films in Save the Cat!® Goes to the Indies – The Screenwriters Guide to 50 Films from the Masters. Early in his career, working for a Spanish production company, Salva read more than 1,000 scripts by such writers as David Cronenberg, Larry Clark, Eric Rohmer, Gus Van Sant, Walter Salles, Jane Campion, Amos Gitai, Marjane Satrapi, Christopher Hampton, the Coen Brothers and Michael Haneke. He is the co-writer of the animated feature film Deep, and the author of Zingara: Finding Jim Morrison and Monet, Nomad of Light. Salva is a Licenciado in Art History (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and has a Master’s Degree in Cinema & TV Screenwriting (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid). See Salva’s beat sheets and blogs.

 

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