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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
Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof

Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof

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 these two perfectly executed beats.

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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. Tom says:

    Excellent breakdown. I’d argue that there is a solid save the cat moment. It’s when he goes to help the injured oil rig worker, orders people to call an ambulance, and risks electrocution to try and save this random guy. It also successfully foreshadows the arc of the film; he is drawn (albeit reluctantly at first) to aid the afflicted when no one else is willing.