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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date May 25, 2005
Publisher Michael Wiese Productions
ISBN 1932907009 ISBN13 9781932907001
Availability 0 units.
More About Blake Snyder
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need?
For Feelers Not Thinkers Sep 11, 2008
Movies are for emotional adolescents with short attention spans who want to feel but lack the maturity to think. If you want to feel you go to a movie; if you want to think you read or go to a play.
This book entertainingly repeats advice from earlier writers on how to write scripts that make you feel. And it is scripts that make you feel that make money for both writer and producer. If money is your goal as a scriptwriter this book is a helpful package. If you want to write for the brain don't waste your time with movies; you should be writing novels or drama. The author doesn't understand that which is why I gave it 3 stars.
The same thing, only different Sep 8, 2008
Admittedly, when I walk into a book store I am somewhat overwhelmed by the screenwriting section. There are so many choices; it is difficult to know were to start. I was first attracted to the book because of the interesting (and appropriate) title. Not only is the book easy to read, but it is enjoyable to read as well. An instructional book that's fun to read: what a concept. Unlike Syd Field's books, and no disrespect to the man - you at least have to recognize what he's done for the craft, Save the Cat feels conversational, like you're being talked to on your level, not down to from on high. Blake Snyder is relatable, and I found every chapter raised at least one point that I hadn't thought of. I spent a summer reading and re-reading this book to revise a screenplay, which is now near completion. It is everything you'd expect from a book on writing screenplays...only different.
A must have Sep 8, 2008
This book makes it very clear for anyone starting out writing for film. Easy to read and lots of good advice. I've used lots of this material to teach my students with.
Excellent Book for Screenwriters Aug 25, 2008
I highly recommend this book. After struggling with several drafts of a script for years, I was given a copy of Save the Cat by a friend. I eagerly read and followed the suggestions and within two months had a completed version of the script that is greatly improved over any of the other drafts I wrote. I am now actively shopping the completed script to production companies and have made it through the first act of a second script following the beat sheet laid out in the book.
Save the Cat has helped me more than any other screenwriting book I have ever read (and there are many). It was enjoyable to read, lays out a clear strategy and when you apply all the tools suggested, it really does help shape your story. The hard part is still writing the actual script, but with Save the Cat as a guide, the process became a lot easier.
Good start, For beginners Aug 22, 2008
As a beginner you can't expect to gather all the info that makes sense to you from only one book. Save the Cat is good. But writers should be out reading Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwritingand The Bare Bones Book of Screenwriting to get more views for beginners. Also check out camera books, and acting books to get a rounded education.