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  • Save the Cat!

  • The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
  • By: Blake Snyder
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (371 ratings)

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Save the Cat!

By: Blake Snyder
Narrated by: George Newbern
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Summary

Here's what started the phenomenon: This book has been a best seller for over 15 years and has been used by screenwriters around the world! Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny, and candid look inside the movie business. Save the Cat is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying. Others include these:

  • 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 15 beats
  • Creating the perfect beast by using the board to map 40 scenes with conflict and emotional change
  • How to get back on track with proven rules for script repair

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.

©2005 Blake Snyder (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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simplistic

Explain it to me like I'm a 10 year old kind of book, although that might be the point of the whole thing...useful for someone just starting out.

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best book, not only screenwriting-wise

it's like going to a pub with a great erudite who happens to be an honest and opened matter expert, simply being right and funny, as being on spot oftentimes tends to amuse us, doesn't it?

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Overly prescriptive in parts but excellent overall

If one follows the rigid guidelines on structure, the final product would be extremely formulaic. This book was written in 2005 and now, almost 20 years later, too many movies are nakedly formulaic. If we know what will happen and when, what is the point in watching? What differentiates one story from another?
Also, I did not like how the author dismisses those people who might disagree with his prescriptive methods as contrarians. This betrays the linear thinking of the author, with this book being a product of that type of thinking. Syd Field was not so prescriptive and the author admits Field's book (Screenplay, 1979) helped him immeasurably.
There is still some excellent advice in here that will help get a flailing project off the ground. Having everything laid out on some sort of board really helps see what you have and don't have.
The reader was excellent and conveyed perfectly the energetic tone in which the book is written.

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Truly the last screenwriting book you'll ever need

This book will skyrocketed your capacity to be a screenwriter! It is highly recommended and an industry essential.

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Lots of practical advice and industry tips.

Having an audible version made life so much easier as I could listen on the move.

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Insight and high energy

A remarkable insight into screenwriting full of humour, empathy and great advice. Holds your attention throughout just like a great movie. He is a master of his craft. Brilliant.

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Love it so much. perfect for screenwriters and learning on the go after reading the actual book

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well scripted

brilliant insight on how Hollywood works and script writing, told in with lots of examples to give better context

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Inspirational

If you're not moved to start writing something, anything, you need to listen again, immediately!

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An excellent read, very informative

Glad I bought this, very useful indeed. It is a very good breakdown of how to write and market your screenplay.

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