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Save the Cat!® Podcast: Blake Snyder Explains His Story Beats – Part One

By on January 22, 2016 in Podcasts, Tools


In this newly discoSTC!_PodcastDvered audio of a Save the Cat!® Beat Sheet Workshop, Blake Snyder describes Opening Image/Final Image, Theme Stated, Set-Up, Catalyst, Debate, Break into Two, and B Story. These are the first steps of creating the road you put your hero on so that he or she will transform. Blake also talks about forcing it, Six Things That Need Fixing, the Save the Cat! moment, and the necessity of Stasis = Death. We are so happy to have found this meaningful and enthusiastic presentation.


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  1. Pavle says:

    Great pod cast , very helpful lessons thank you .
    Structure is major.

  2. lisa evans says:

    Thank you so much! That was cool to hear Mr. Snyder’s own voice, and listening to him re-inspired me to pursue working on my script. May he continue to inspire all of us.

  3. Boris from Russia says:

    Hi, Blake

    Just finished your «Save the Cat» (my friend suggested I must read it) – I wish I could read it much earlier, thank you very much! It is not just ‘screenwriting for dummies’, it is actually a survival guide!

    Not sure if you committed to answer all questions, but in case you have: I don’t see how I can possibly cut the total number of scenes down to 40, my script (‘golden fleece’ and ‘two buddies’ kind of combination) tends to need at least 80. Is it OK or I am hopeless?

    Thanks again for you great book!

    • Ori Galili says:

      Hi Boris,

      To make long story short, the 40 scenes are actually 40 sequences. A good film usually holds 36-40 sequences. Each sequence can contain 1 scene only or multiple scenes (imagine a car chase sequence and count the number of scenes in it).

      Hope it answered your question and I think you’ll find more answers in the third STC book.