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Save The Cat!

At a Glance

  • Insider’s guide from one of Hollywood’s most successful spec screenwriters
  • Shows you how to make your script more marketable and satisfying
  • One of the most popular books on high-concept screenwriting

This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can Save the Cat!


He made millions of dollars selling screenplays. Now, one of Hollywood's most successful spec screenwriters tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. “Save the Cat” is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying - and saleable, including:


  • The four elements of every winning logline
  • The seven immutable laws of screenplay physics
  • The 10 genres that every movie ever made can be categorized by — and why they’re important to your script
  • Why your Hero must serve your Idea
  • Mastering the Beats
  • Creating the “Perfect Beast” by using…The Board
  • And how to get back on track with proven rules for script repair


Start structuring your screenplay the Save the Cat way today!


Product Details
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
  • Date available: 05/25/2005
  • Publication date: 05/25/2005
  • Return policy: 30 days

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Blake Snyder 


In his 20-year career as a screenwriter and producer, Blake Snyder sold dozens of scripts, including co-writing Blank Check, which became a hit for Disney, and Nuclear Family for Steven Spielberg - both million-dollar sales.


Named "one of Hollywood’s most successful spec screenwriters," Blake sold his most recently screenplay in 2009.


His book, Save the Cat!® The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, was published in May, 2005, and is now in its sixteenth printing. It prompted "standing room only" appearances by Blake in New York, London, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Barcelona, and Beijing - along with numerous sold-out workshops in Los Angeles, where he was also a STAR Speaker at Screenwriting Expos 6 & 7.


Apparently it is not quite the last book on screenwriting you'll ever need, as the eagerly awaited sequel, Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told, was published in October, 2007 - shooting to #1 in the Screenwriting, Screenplay, and Movies History and Criticism categories on


Blake’s third book, Save the Cat!® Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into… And Out Of, was published in November, 2009. Blake's method has become the "secret weapon" of many development executives, managers, and producers for its precise, easy, and honest appraisal of what it takes to write and develop stories that resonate. 


Save the Cat!® The Last Story Structure Software You'll Ever Need has codified this method in an easy to use CD-Rom.


Blake taught at Chapman, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and the Beijing Film Academy. His book is the basis of screenwriting classes at many major universities in the U.S. and Canada.


Blake was a member of the Writers Guild of America, west.


Blake passed away suddenly on August 4, 2009, but he lives on in his films and his books, in the advice that will never grow old, with the spirit that will continue to thrive and inspire. His story resonates with all who loved him, and your stories will resonate thanks to his love for you.