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Book Title: Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need|
The author of the book: Blake Snyder
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Reader ratings: 4.5
Edition: Michael Wiese Productions
Date of issue: May 25th 2005
ISBN 13: 9781615930005
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.74 MB
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I'm torn about how many stars to give this book. If you are completely new to screenwriting, then this would be a five-star book. Otherwise, I'll give it four because it's easy to understand and allows you to start breaking down the movies you watch quite easily.
However, if you've written screenplays and understand basic three act structure, the advice is a little naive -- as in, "The Theme has to be stated on page 5." "Page 30 is where the 'B' story comes in." Well, maybe, but not really in a lot of cases. Also, the card method is fine if you are just starting out, but again, if followed to a tee, "methods" like this often lead to formulaic plot points created in a way that is not organic to the story, but created, nonetheless, so you can check off "that card," and feel like you're making progress.
I wished he used more "good" movie examples -- when you are relating advice and showing examples using the movies BLANK CHECK or STOP, OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT! you aren't aiming high enough. Those are not benchmark scripts from which to learn.
Overall, it's a good book to make you start thinking about film in terms of structure, and I also appreciated the breakdown of the ten different "types" of movies. I've seen it before somewhere, but it's nice to have it in a book to reference. Also, the chatter about loglines was good.
A grammar note -- holy crap, the exclamation points in this book are outrageous!!! Note to all screenwriters who write books about screenwriting -- stop using excalmation points. Right now. It doesn't emphasize your point, it only makes you sound like a fifteen year-old girl. If we don't know your point is important, it needs to be rewritten so it has weight. It does not need to be followed by a giddy exclamation point. I counted eight on one page alone, and that was just the page I bothered to tally.
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Read information about the authorIn his 20-year career as a screenwriter and producer, Blake Snyder has sold dozens of scripts, including co-writing Blank Check, which became a hit for Disney, and Nuclear Family for Steven Spielberg. His book, Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need, was published in May, 2005, and is now in its eleventh printing. It has prompted "standing room only" appearances by Blake in New York, Los Angeles, London, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, and Barcelona. Apparently it is not quite the last book on screenwriting youll ever need, as the eagerly awaited sequel, Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter's Guide to Every Story Ever Told, was published in October, 2007 shooting to #1 in the Screenwriting, Screenplay, and Movies History and Criticism categories on Amazon.com. Blake's method has become the "secret weapon" of many development executives, managers, and producers for its precise, easy, and honest appraisal of what it takes to write and develop stories that resonate. Save the Cat! The Last Story Structure Software You'll Ever Need has codified this method in an easy to use CD-Rom. Blake is a member of the Writers Guild of America, west. Please visit www.blakesnyder.com for more information.
With Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies Snyder is determined to set a collective new dialogue about the realities of professional screenwriting; this is exactly what his sincere and heartfelt books set out to do and accomplishes. Snyder once again takes his place as one of the most successful, visionary, accessible, pragmatic screenwriters who writes about the craft of all time.