Blake Snyder, author of Save the Cat! and Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies, has delivered the book countless readers and students have clamored for. Inspired by questions from his workshops, lectures, and emails, Blake listened to you and provides new tips, tactics, and techniques to solve your writing problems and create stories that resonate: • The 7 warning signs you might...
Blake Snyder, author of Save the Cat! and Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies, has delivered the book countless readers and students have clamored for. Inspired by questions from his workshops, lectures, and emails, Blake listened to you and provides new tips, tactics, and techniques to solve your writing problems and create stories that resonate:
• The 7 warning signs you might have a great idea ─ or not
• 2 sure-fire templates for can’t-miss loglines
• The difference between structure and formula
• The Transformation Machine that allows you to track your hero’s growth step-by-step
• The 5 questions to keep your story’s spine straight
• The 5-Point Finale to finish any story
• The Save the Cat!® Greenlight Checklist that gets to the heart of every development issue
• The right way to hear notes, deal with problematic producers, and dive into the rewrite with the right attitude
• Why and when an agent will appear
• How to discover the potential for greatness in any story
•How to avoid panic, doubt, and self-recrimination… and what it takes to succeed and dare to achieve your dreams
Get ready to face trouble like a pro… and strike back!
A dazzling expansion on Blake’s original screenwriting insights, this essential screenwriting tool is practical and profound.
Blake's best yet. It gives us a deeper personal insight to the relentlessly positive mindset that powered his great success and his generous spirit. His work and his inspiring legacy will remain timeless.
Blake Snyder has given us another gem. I never begin a story without his insanely useful ‘Beat Sheet’ by my side, but this time, Snyder goes one step further, sharing his own personal transformation from struggling writer to one who’s seen great success. From the most generous and genuine writer/teacher of our time, this book will inspire the reader to scale all of those seemingly insurmountable brick walls and keep going.
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 — both million-dollar sales. Named “one of Hollywood’s most successful spec screenwriters,” Blake sold his most recent screenplay in 2009.
His book, Save the Cat!® The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, was published in May, 2005, and is now in its eighteenth printing. It prompted “standing room only” appearances by Blake in New York, London, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Barcelona, and Beijing — along with numerous sold-out workshops in Los Angeles, where he was also a STAR Speaker at Screenwriting Expos 6 & 7.
Apparently it is not quite the last book on screenwriting you’ll 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 third book, Save the Cat!® Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into… And Out Of, was published in November, 2009.
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 taught at Chapman, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and the Beijing Film Academy. His book is the basis of screenwriting classes at many major universities in the U.S. and Canada.
Blake was a member of the Writers Guild of America, west.
Blake passed away suddenly on August 4, 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. His story resonates with all who loved him, and your stories will resonate thanks to his love for you.
How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks, 2010) was dedicated to Blake.