Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into and Out Of

Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into and Out Of

by Blake Snyder


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ISBN-13: 9780984157600
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 222,940
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

The Introduction: Oh, You're In Trouble Now

Chapter 1 WOW! What a Bad Idea! 1

Chapter 2 In Trouble in the Classroom 21

Chapter 3 All Laid Out... And Nowhere to Go 43

Chapter 4 Straightening Your Spine 65

Chapter 5 Rewrite Hell! 85

Chapter 6 Close Encounters of the Selling Kind 109

Chapter 7 Strike Back U. 131

Chapter 8 Discipline, Focus, And Positive Energy 153

Glossary 169

About The Author 177

Remembering Blake 179

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Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into and Out Of 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
EowynA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author laid out the entire method in the previous book - what more could there be? Lots more, it turns out. He has snappy names for identifying the weaknesses in that log-line, pitch, or script that is just missing. He has suggestions for working with his system that can make outlines that seem to work properly, and then amp them up. He also talks about how to take an outline that just lies there, and shake it up with some specific catalysts. He decomposes some of the beats even further, exposing more structure that echoes the structure of the whole screenplay (I am reminded of Mandelbrot sets, but perhaps that's just me). The beat sheet is reinterpreted as a flowchart. And the questions to ask when the story just isn't jelling yet, that can get you to look at your story another way.He talks about "notes" - because a writer will get notes. Your initial reaction is understandable, but if the Powers That Be have notes, the writer can use them to make the story stronger. There is talk about agents, about The Meeting, about how to pitch. So more of it is focused on the Hollywood screenwriter. Yes, if you needed the first book, you need this one, too.
Helen_Ginger More than 1 year ago
Last year, I reviewed the first in the Save the Cat! series by Blake Snyder. This time I'm reviewing the third and last book in the series called Save the Cat! Strikes Back. (I'll explain why I didn't buy the second one in a bit.) The series was recommended by the fabulous author and writing instructor, Les Edgerton. Years ago I took a screenwriting class, not because I wanted to write for Hollywood, but because I could see that the pace and structure of books was becoming more "movie-like." I wanted to learn how screenplays were structured. This third book, like my copy of the first, is now part yellow from all the highlighting I did. It is full of advice that you can easily apply to your writing. For example, here is some of what Snyder said about Loglines: The template: On the verge of a Stasis = Death moment, a flawed protagonist Breaks into Two; but when the Midpoint happens, he/she must learn the Theme Stated, before All is Lost. You might read that and go, huh? But Snyder goes on to explain what each bolded word or phrase means. When you finish reading his explanation and example, you go, Ah-ha. Here's another quote that you already know, but when I read it, I paused and thought, of course. All stories are about transformation. Writers always talk about the dreaded Elevator Speech where you are called upon to pitch your book within a minute. If you're interviewing at a conference, you may get ten minutes. For scripts, it's called simply The Pitch. Snyder shares a Guide that came from one of his students, Betty Ryan: 1. Opening Image - A brief "who" of the hero 2. Catalyst - The thing that sets the story in motion 3. Break into Two - The essence of the story and poster 4. Midpoint - The complication that challenges the hero 5. All is Lost - How the hero loses everything 6. Break into Three - The solution to the hero's dilemma 7. Final Image - How he is transformed by this story The book is great, in my opinion, for both scriptwriters and bookwriters. Of course, a class with Blake Snyder would be fabulous and very intense, but we won't get that opportunity since he passed away in 2009.