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Published by: Michael Wiese Productions on Jan 22, 2010
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SAVETHECAT!
The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need
BLAKESNYDER
®
 
 v 
FOREWORD
The official stamp of approval of the Save the Cat methodfrom Sheila Hanahan Taylor, producer and development executivefor Zide/Perry (
 American Pie
,
Final Destination
,
Hellboy
)
INTRODUCTION
 Why another screenwriting book? — Some backgroundon the author and the reason for the book — And what does thephrase “Save the Cat” mean anyway?
CHAPTER ONE: WHAT IS IT?
The importance of “the idea” — What is a “logline” and what are the four requirements to creating a better one? — Whatis “high concept” and why is it still relevant? — Test pitching  your movie for fun and profit — Plus five games to jump-start your idea-creating skills.
CHAPTER TWO: GIVE ME THE SAME THING...ONLY DIFFERENT!
 All about genre — The 10 genres that every movie ever made canbe categorized by — How genre is important to you and yourmovie — Plus ways to peg every movie’s type.
CHAPTER THREE: IT’S ABOUT A GUY WHO...
The subject is the hero — Why the hero must serve theidea — How to adjust the hero to make your movie idea work better — The myth of casting your movie — Jungian archetypesand why we need ‘em.
CHAPTER FOUR: LET’S BEAT IT OUT!
The beats of a movie as defined by the official “BlakeSnyder Beat Sheet” a.k.a. the BS2 — An in-depth discussion of each of the 15 beats found in a successful movie as found in theBS2 — How the beats apply to
Miss Congeniality
.
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01
TABLEOFCONTENTS
 
 vi
CHAPTER FIVE: BUILDING THE PERFECT BEAST
Putting it up on the board — Sectioning off four horizontalrows, one for each section of the movie — 40 index cards and 40 only! — Troubleshooting based on the layout — How a screenplay is like abusiness plan and how you can create one that sells
.
CHAPTER SIX: THE IMMUTABLE LAWS OFSCREENPLAY PHYSICS
Common sense rules of screenwriting based on experience in thetrenches of Hollywood, such as:
Save the Cat 
,
The Pope in the Pool
,
DoubleMumbo Jumbo
,
Laying Pipe
,
Too Much Marzipan
a.k.a.
Black Vet 
,
WatchOut for That Glacier!
, a
nd
Covenant of the Arc
.
CHAPTER SEVEN: WHAT’S WRONG WITHTHIS PICTURE?
Despite everything, you’ve written 110 pages of nada — How to get back on track by using 6 fast double-checks on your work:
The Hero Leads
;
Make The Bad Guy Badder 
;
Turn, Turn, Turn
;
The Emotional Color Wheel
;
Hi How Are You I’m Fine
”;
Take A Step Back
 — all ironclad and provenrules for script repair.
CHAPTER EIGHT: FINAL FADE IN
Before you send your script out, how can you smooth the way? — Marketing ideas for both the newbie and the establishedprofessional that will help you get your script sold and made — Pluspersonal examples.
GLOSSARY
From A to Z, a review of every slangy STC expression andHollywood-inside-the-310-area-code term.
SAVETHECAT
~
blakesnyde
97119143163183

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