Blake Snyder

Award Season Movie Genres

I’m a big fan of the ten “genres” in Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat books. I personally believe successful movies nearly always can be seen to fit clearly into one of these ten types of stories. (They have five subtypes each – see this chart with movie examples.) In my view,...

Storytelling Strategies: Fruitvale Station vs. Blake Snyder

“You can’t teach writing!” declares Gabe Roth, a character played by Woody Allen in Allen’s 1992 film Husbands and Wives.   We’ve come a long way since 1992; that very same year, Christopher Vogler came out with The Writer’s Journey, which provided twelve stages that a character should endure during the...

ARGO’s Effective Use of Creative License

Having adapted a number of true stories for the screen, I found myself wondering, as I watched Argo, which moments might have been created for the movie. I guess I’m something of an apologist for Hollywood, in that I see a need to do more fictionalizing and authorial shaping of history...

Story Maps by Daniel Calvisi Book Review

Story Analyst Dan Calvisi used to only reveal the inner workings of his method to his students and script consulting clients now but he’s sharing his template in his new eBook: Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, available as a download purchase directly off his on his Act Four...