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Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter's Guide to Every Story Ever Told [Paperback]

By Blake Snyder (Author)
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Provides advice for budding screenwriters on how to handle the challenges of writing a Hollywood script and includes insider information on the most popular genres in Hollywood as well as references to 500 movie "cousins" to help guide the script writing process.

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In the long-awaited sequel to his surprise bestseller, Save the Cat!, author and screenwriter Blake Snyder returns to form in a fast-paced follow-up that proves why his is the most talked-about approach to screenwriting in years. In the perfect companion piece to his first book, Snyder delivers even more insider's information gleaned from a 20-year track record as ?one of Hollywood's most successful spec screenwriters, ? giving you the clues to write your movie. Designed for screenwriters, novelists, and movie fans, this book gives readers the key breakdowns of the 50 most instructional movies from the past 30 years. From M*A*S*H to Crash, from Alien to Saw, from 10 to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Snyder reveals how screenwriters who came before you tackled the same challenges you are facing with the film you want to write ? or the one you are currently working on.

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Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   Michael Wiese Productions
ISBN  1932907351  
ISBN13  9781932907353  

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More About Blake Snyder

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! In his 20-year career as a screenwriter and producer, Blake Snyder 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 twentieth printing. Blake conducted sold-out workshops and seminars around the globe and consulted for Disney and DreamWorks. Along with guiding screenwriters, novelists and other creative thinkers, 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 in any media. Blake Snyder passed away in August, 2009, but he lives on in his films and his books, in the advice that will never grow old, with the spirit that will continue to thrive and inspire.

Blake Snyder lived in Los Angeles. Blake Snyder was born in 1957 and died in 2009.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter's Guide to Every Story Ever Told?

Stick with the orginal  Sep 20, 2008
IMO not worth the $ because it adds very little to the ideas in the original book and what it adds is often ambiguous and confusing.

Many of the movies analyzed I admittedly find distasteful, would never watch, and find myself greatful I never wrote.

Remember that his approach is not cut-and-paste. His suggestions are just suggestions. Even with the original I had to rewrite the book to make it fit my writing style. This later version is just his attempt to cash in on the originals popularity. Skip it and reread the original.
A new way to explain movies  Sep 18, 2008
I love going to the movies and people know it. So there is always someone asking me about them. After reading this book now I can go beyond this is an action movie or a suspense movie. Who knew that Lethal Weapon and the Black Stallion were the same kind of stories.
The Secret to Screenwriting Exposed!  Aug 19, 2008
This book is awesome!

If you want to write a spec script that will get sold then READ THIS BOOK and it's companion (the original Save the Cat book). This book literally blows the roof off the "secrets" behind successful screenwriting.

My collection of screenwriting books is ridiculous. The problem with ALL of those other books (with the exception of those by Cynthia Whitcomb) is that they are by people who have NEVER SOLD A SCRIPT. If you are serious about becoming a SUCCESSFUL screenwriter then you MUST limit ALL of your study to that material by successful screenwriters ONLY. Seems logical and yet there are hundreds of people like Robert McKee who prey upon the hopes and dreams of aspiring screenwriters while sucking their wallets bone dry.

My only issue with the Save the Cat series (actually two issues) is that Blake spilled the beans on the secrets so now everyone will know how to write a successful spec script -- so will there be less of an advantage? (Doubtful because most people are lazy and never write anything...but if everyone used this powerful information then it would flood the Hollywood market with wonderful scripts, thus making it harder for someone to break into the industry.)

My second issue is that in both the Save the Cat books Blake doesn't cover anything about the business. I understand that this book isn't about that. The first book could have included information about breaking in or getting a break.

So...Blake Snyder, if you're reading this: PLEASE MAKE YOUR NEXT BOOK ABOUT HOW TO BREAK INTO THE BUSINESS! PLEASE! You're the only guy who writes USEABLE books on screenwriting that are HONEST and tell the REAL DEAL about how things work. So, if you write another book, please use that same honesty to (1) talk about how Hollywood really works, and (2) how to realistically break into the industry.
Excellent, once again...  Jul 3, 2008
Save the Cat has done it once again, but this time on a much higher scale. After a great introduction to the BS2 (Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet) and a few extras, Blake includes a beat-for-beat layout of various films in 10 popular Hollywood genres.

Excellent purchase! I'm convinced these books will give me the knowledge I need to succeed and I recommend 'Save The Cat' for anyone interested in screenwriting.

5 out of 5 stars!!!
A companion book rather than a sequel  Jul 1, 2008
"Save the Cat Goes to the Movies" is not so much a sequel to the original "Save the Cat", but an elaboration of the ideas put forward in the first book. In "Save the Cat", Snyder claimed that every (mainstream) movie ever made can be classified into one of 10 basic genres (a claim that I do not entirely agree with). In "Save the Cat Goes to the Movies", Snyder shows what makes up each of these genres by taking 50 well known (and mostly recent - you've definitely heard of most of them) films and breaking them down into "beats". If you subscribe to Snyder's genre theory and want to use it, then this book is a handy reference. Even if you don't subscribe to his theory, this is an interesting book to flip through. However, "Save the Cat Goes to the Movies" offer no new advice that wasn't given in "Save the Cat", and whereas I read "Save the Cat" from cover to cover, I skipped over a lot of passages in this book.

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