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Save the Cat!® Podcast: Your First Ten Pages

unnamedHow do you present information and still have an engaging story? And whose story is it? The Set-Up beat should be the foundation of both your story and your hero’s emotional needs. Listen to this first episode of the new STC! podcast with Master Cats Jose Silerio and Naomi Beaty to discover what you need to achieve in your script’s first ten pages.

Have a question for Jose or Naomi — or an idea for a future podcast? They’d be happy to address your suggestions in future episodes, so please Comment below.


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About the Author

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. Naomi Beaty is a screenwriter and script reader who was mentored by Blake and worked with him on Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies. Both Jose and Naomi have written many blogs and beat sheets for this website. .

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  1. Nicole James says:

    Fabulous advice! Loving this new podcast series! You’re off to a great start.

  2. Hey guys – loved it. I totally agree – for me Act 1 is the toughest. Getting my audience to identify and empathize with my hero while setting everything else up is tough. EASY to overlook. Looking forward to more!

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks, Kyler!

      And I agree — the first act is kind of sneaky in that way. Deceptively simple but actually harder than it looks.

  3. jennif says:

    Well done. Great start! (Cool that you “started” with the first 10 pages) I look forward to your future podcasts; when will they be?

    • Naomi says:

      How funny — I’d love to say that was intentional on our part, but I didn’t even put it together until reading your comment. 🙂

  4. Mardi says:

    How about some tips for writers who have published in other genres — novels, true crime, memoir, etc. — for how to write for the screen?

  5. Peter Fraser says:

    Thanks, Jose and Naomi, for the exchange of important elements in a relaxed, casual way. Easy to relate to, and absorb. . . Looking forward to your next podcast. . .

  6. Great podcast and I’m looking forward to more! Audio learning “speaks” to many of us easier 😉

    I would love to hear a bit on the B story in a future podcast. I’ve heard from other sources on novel writing that it doesn’t necessarily have to wait until the 2nd act, but I’d like to hear your thoughts on this.

  7. Talmage says:

    Thanks. Great first podcast! It was helpful to me right now because I’m searching for a few specific things that will make readers care about the protagonist in the early going.

  8. Adrian manzano says:

    Awesome podcast.
    Bad guys close in is tricky. Beginning of the end.
    But the beginning 10 pages sets the tone that later must shift. Loved it.
    Jose would love to hear your interpretations with LatAm cinema. That often uses American genre but in new interesting ways.

  9. José José says:

    Thanks for all the encouragement! We’re really excited to hear your thoughts and suggestions. This is going to be fun!

  10. Bob Woods says:

    Hi Naomi & Jose’,

    Great premier podcast! You asked for suggestions, so I have a friendly reminder for you. I mentioned “Sequences” or mini-movies in an earlier post. The response was that it would make a good topic.

    I seem to write linear and I’m having difficulty with the 8 sequence concept I read about. Your advice would be appreciated.

    I look forward to your future podcats. (Spelling intended!)


    • Naomi says:

      Bob – it’s unanimous: we love “Podcats!”

      And yes – that is a great topic. I’ll add it to our queue so that we don’t let it slip away and we’ll talk about it on a future episode. Thanks!

  11. Dear Naomi and Jose,
    wow! great to hear you. i´m already a fan of this podcasts. Please keep going!
    thanks for all your knowledge. And thanks Blake!