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Save the Cat!® Podcast: Moving the Beats

By on September 5, 2014 in Podcasts, Tools


Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld and Mark Ruffalo

Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld and Mark Ruffalo

STC!_PodcastDCan the sequence of the beats be changed? You might be surprised at our answer as Master Cat José Silerio and Guy Thompson discuss Begin Again, the recent release from writer-director John Carney (Once). As long as the story works for the audience — portraying a hero with clear and compelling goals, there might be opportunities to move the beats from their standard order. But understand the role each beat plays in your hero’s transformation before you move it!

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Jose Silerio

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About the Author: José Silerio, a screenwriter who served as Blake Snyder’s Development Director, has been integral to the success of Blake’s workshops and classes as he worked alongside Blake schooling writers in the Cat! method. “José is my right-hand man when it comes to script consultations.”– Blake Snyder, Save the Cat!® Strikes Back – More Trouble for Writers to Get Into… and Out Of. .

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  1. Mark Williams-Washington says:

    Great episode. The new episode is not downloading on my iTunes or on my podcast on my iPhone.

  2. Bob W. says:

    Hi, Good episode…I learned another way to look at the beats.

    I’m curious what Jose’ and Guy think about using the “sequence/mini-movie” technique to structure a script. It might make a good episode…