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Save the Cat!

Save the Cat!
Your Price: $28.95 CDN
Biz Bestseller!
Author: Blake Snyder
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 216
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 1932907009
ISBN-13: 9781932907001

About the Book:

The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need.... Maybe?

Blake Snyder made millions of dollars selling "high concept" screenplays in Hollywood. Let's say you understand the underpinnings of drama thanks to Laos Egri or David Howard and you understand the basic structure of Hollywood movies thanks to Syd Field, why would you want to read Save The Cat? Because "high concept" stories have a wider reach with audiences. It draws in more viewers.

In Save the Cat! one of Hollywood's most successful spec screenwriters tells you everything he knows about how to craft a sellable "high concept" screenplay in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. A "save the cat" is a moment, very early on in the story, where we meet or see our hero do something nice that makes us like him and say, "I want to follow this person's story." It's important to have it because you want your audience to be sympathetic or empathetic towards your protagonist. Save The Cat will build another layer on top of what you've learned in The Art of Dramatic Writing and Screenplay. You'll be able to expand your understanding to include what "high concept" really is and how to make it work for you.

Save the Cat! is just one of many iron-clad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying and saleable, including:

• The four elements of every winning logline
• The seven immutable laws of screenplay physics
• The 10 genres that every movie ever made can be categorized by and why they're important to your script
• Why your hero must serve your idea
• Mastering the beats
• Creating the perfect beast by using… The Board
• How to get back on track with proven rules for script repair.

Save the Cat! is the ultimate insider's guide. It reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by showbiz veteran Blake Snyder, who proved that you can sell your script if you can Save the Cat!.

What people say:

"I often recommend Blake's books to aspiring screenwriters because they are by far the most useful and most readable books on screenwriting I've ever come across. He truly loved movies and was able to break down the structure of them in a way I'd never seen done before and in a way that completely made sense to beginner and pro alike." — Karen Lutz co-writer 10 Things I Hate About You and Legally Blonde

"One of the most comprehensive and insightful how-to's out there. Save the Cat! is a must-read for both the novice and the professional screenwriter." — Todd Black, Producer: The Pursuit of Happiness, The Weather Man, S.W.A.T., Alex and Emma, Antwone Fisher

"Want to know how to be a successful writer in Hollywood? The answers are here. Blake Snyder has written an insider's book that's informative — and funny, too." — David Hoberman, Producer: The Shaggy Dog, Raising Helen, Walking Tall, Bringing Down the House, Monk (TV)

"An invaluable resource for anyone serious about having a career as a screenwriter or producer in Hollywood." — Andy Cohen, Literary Manager-Producer

"Shockingly informative, stunningly funny — I wish I'd had Save the Cat! to read when I was just starting out. It would have saved time, tears, and trees." — Susan Jansen, Writer-Producer: The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Maybe This Time (TV), Boy Meets World (TV); Writer: Home Improvement (TV)

"Save the Cat! offers the insight and knowledge needed to write and sell screenplays in today's competitive marketplace. Fun, fresh, and informative. Way to go, Blake!" — Valarie Phillips, Head of Motion Picture Literary, Paradigm Agency

"As an executive I always looked for a way to fix an existing screenplay. And now, as a producer, I need a way to conceptualize as quickly and efficiently as possible — and Blake Snyder's insightful book is it!" — Kathryn Sommer Parry, Producer: The Marine; Development Executive: Basic Instinct, Rambo, Terminator 2, Chaplin, 12 Monkeys, I Spy.

"You'd have to look far and wide to find a better book to help you achieve your goals. Quite simply one of the most practical guides to writing mainstream spec scripts on the market." — Screentalk Magazine

About the Author:

Blake Snyder (1957-2009) was an American screenwriter based in Los Angeles, who through the authorship of three books on screenwriting and story structures became one of the most popular writing mentors in the film industry. In his 20-year career as a screenwriter and producer, he sold dozens of scripts, including co-writing Blank Check, which became a hit for Disney, and Nuclear Family for Steven Spielberg – both million-dollar sales.

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