Save the Cat!

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,...

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The Wide Margin: Tell the Cat to Beat It!

Writers today are obsessed with structure.  I’m not talking about the traditional beginning-middle-end style structure.  I’m talking about the micromanagement of page counts as typified by anal retentive “techniques” like “saving the cat.”  I’m pretty sure Paddy Chayefsky never thought in terms of a beat sheet, assigning plot points to script...

Monday Morning Editor Picks: Screenwriting Software

With most of us working day jobs while we write our scripts, it’s critical we use time-saving tools to help us achieve our goals. Screenwriting software is just that. Software can be expensive, so I want to give you a special DISCOUNT CODE, good until December 31, 2013 (excluding all sales...

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...