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“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, Hope Springs, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, 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, Muppets Most Wanted (2014), The Muppets, The Shaggy Dog , Raising Helen, Walking Tall, Monk (TV) "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

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Michael Wiese Productions (May 25, 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 195 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1932907009
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1932907001
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.26 x 0.53 x 8.9 inches
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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 33rd printing. The sequels, "Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter's Guide to Every Story Ever Told," "Save the Cat!® Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into... And Out Of," and software, "Save the Cat!® The Last Story Structure Software You'll Ever Need," are also bestsellers. 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 was a proud member of the Writers Guild of America, west. He 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. Blake's vision continues on his website and in "Save the Cat!® Goes to the Indies: The Screenwriter's Guide to 50 Films from the Masters," written by Salva Rubio and published in April, 2017.

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John
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on creating a story that I have read so far.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 17, 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2022
This is partially my fault for not checking the edition date - I assume there is a newer one than 2005 but I just ordered the first one that came up!
Being so old, a lot of the films that are mentioned as recent are obviously a bit out of date, as is all the talk of checking newspapers for movie listings etc. I bought this as I already had a copy of ‘save the cat writes a novel’ but as I’m studying screenwriting as part of an MA, I thought I should get this too. It’s not particularly well written or succinct - there are quite a few typos. Having said that, Blake knows his stuff and does impart it in a long winded way. Personally, I found the outdated references really off putting & the games for coming up with ideas were very basic and again felt like they needed a re write. But all the infamous ‘beats’ are here!

Having read a few screenwriting books recently I think there are better books out there, notably John Yorke’s Into the Woods. Or Trottier’s screen writing bible covers all the screenwriting how to books in one with minimal waffle (just ignore the hideous cover. Even though it looks super 1990s, it’s a 2019 edition).
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5.0 out of 5 stars An alternative pet based title could be 'The Dogs Boll*cks"
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 19, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars An alternative pet based title could be 'The Dogs Boll*cks"
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 19, 2018
I love this book, this is the third copy I have of this book as I loan copies out and give them out as presents to people. This book turned me from a bloke who had lots of ideas to a bloke who could class himself as a screenwriter.
Beat sheet adds the structure to your screenplays. I now have 3 boards 90 cm x 55 cm hung on doors to use for screenwriting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Screenwriters need this on their bookshelf
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