Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need Paperback – May 25 2005
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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.
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!
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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Very helpful in developing a story but doesn't include anything on the nuts and bolts of formatting a screenplay.Published 4 months ago by coolwhipped
Excellent. Very clear - takes you through a solid process. Takes Syd Field to the next level.Published 5 months ago by M. Ingram
Great book for screenplay structure! Can help writing or fixing a screenplay!
It was a very interesting book, and gave lots of information on how to write a screenplay. I would recommend it highly.Published 17 months ago by Marlon Schmitt