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  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (May 25 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907001
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victoria L. on Aug. 21 2008
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I highly recommend this book! Blake Synder's SAVE THE CAT! is funny and informative - an enjoyable read. Although the book is aimed at screenwriters, any story-teller will benefit from this book because it focuses on story structure.

In SAVE THE CAT!, Blake Synder breaks down the structural elements of story into logical progressions. Not only does he share what elements are needed, he shows when, how, and why to use them. Best of all, he gives examples from movies illustrating his points.

I love the terms he uses to describe various devices - save the cat (refers to an element of characterization), pope in the pool (more for screenplays than novels, but still interesting), double mumbo jumbo, and (my favorite) watch out for that glacier.

In my opinion, SAVE THE CAT! is a must-have book for writers!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Keenan on Nov. 26 2007
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Read this, re-read this, go to a seminar if you can. It will save you time, headaches and make your story much better.

This book has helped me immensely in terms of gaining clarity, focus, and a much more compelling and entertaining story. Many of us start the writing process with a character, a scene (that we get attached to), and then try and string it together with some rambling story. This book with help you avoid that trap.

Both movies goers and producers make many of their decisions based on a one or two line summary of a project. STC shows you how to develop a killer logline (one line summary). If you do this and cannot get anyone interested in your idea, why would you continue to write until you can make it interesting? If you have a weak logline, believe me, the screenplay will not get better as you expand from one sentence to one hundred pages! STC gives great guidelines and a beat sheet to help avoid this. However, it is still your responsibility to come up with that great idea.

This is one of the best, most user friendly books in the genre that I have read. His second book is highly recommended also.
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As a horror movie lover, I'm very happy with this book even if the author is strictly a comedy fan. This doesn't matter because every movie has two plot points and three acts: the setup, the confrontation and the resolution.

What matters is preparation and that's what this book is about. Save the Cat helps you get organised to be sure that you have everything you need before you actually start to write your script. To write a script unprepared is a waste of time because sooner or later you're going to notice that something is wrong with your story. Then, you'll have a lot to fix or even worse, you'll have to start over.

Don't make that mistake. Be prepared.
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By C.L. Seamus on March 19 2008
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I've read almost all the big books currently available on screenwriting and Save The Cat is among my faves. It was fun to read, and contained valuable information. I also own the computer software version. All in all, the Save The Cat method leaves me purring with satisfaction.
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If you need help writing screen play, this book is an absolute must read ! You may even consider re-writing everything - you've been warned.
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Get it, get it, get it! And, if I wasn't clear enough, get it now! A must for all writers, even those not writing screenplays. The story is laid out perfectly and this man has a great sense of humour. The book is readable, entertaining and, best of all, exactly what every writer needs to know. Have I mentioned you should get it?
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By Kevin Hamill on Jan. 2 2014
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This book just scratches the surface and is barely the first book you will ever need...Get yourself Dave Trottier's book. It's the last book you will ever need...
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"Save The Cat" is a fabulous how-to and go-back-to resource; concise, easy-to-read, informative. I like the beat sheet but, despite the line-by-line explanations, found it a bit sparse for a novice screenwriter (which is what I am). Bottom line is this: I highly recommend this book and wouldn't part with my copy. (One thing missing is an index.)
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