Table of contents for Save the cat! : the last book on screenwriting you'll ever need / Blake Snyder.


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SFOREWORD
S  The official stamp of approval of the Save the Cat meth d
from Sheila Hanahan Taylor, producer and development executi e
for Zide/Perry (American Pie, Final Destination, Hellboy)
'  INTRODUCTION
.N, i Why another screenwriting book? - Some background
on the author and the reason for the book - And what does th
phrase "Save the Cat" mean anyway?
| A< CHAPTER ONE: WHAT IS IT?
The importance of "the idea" - What is a "logline" an
what are the four requirements to creating a better one? - Wha
is "high concept" and why is it still relevant? - Test pitching
your movie for fun and profit - Plus five games to jump-start
your idea-creating skills.
SCHAPTER TWO: GIVE ME THE SAME THING...
S  ONLY DIFFERENT!
All about genre - The IO genres that every movie ever made can
be categorized by - How genre is important to you and your
movie - Plus ways to peg every movie's type.
CHAPTER THREE: IT'S ABOUT A GUY WHO...
S The subject is the hero - Why the hero must serve the
idea - How to adjust the hero to make your movie idea work
better - The myth of casting your movie - Jungian archetypes
and why we need 'em.
SCHAPTER FOUR: LET'S BEAT IT OUT!
4 The beats of a movie as defined by the official "Blake
Snyder Beat Sheet" a.k.a. the BS2 - An in-depth discussion of
each of the 15 beats found in a successful movie as found in the
BS2 - How the beats apply to Miss Congeniality.
) 7   CHAPTER FIVE: BUILDING THE PERFECT BEAST
Putting it up on the board - Sectioning off four horizontal
rows, one for each section of the movie - 40 index cards and 40 only!
- Troubleshooting based on the layout - How a screenplay is like a
business plan and how you can create one that sells.
I 1 Q   CHAPTER SIX: THE IMMUTABLE LAWS OF
SCREENPLAY PHYSICS
Common sense rules of screenwriting based on experience in the
trenches of Hollywood, such as: Save the Cat, The Pope in the Pool, Double
Mumbo Jumbo, Laying Pipe, Too Much Marzipan a.k.a. Black Vet, Watch
Out for That Glacier!, and Covenant of the Arc.
143    CHAPTER SEVEN: WHAT'S WRONG WITH
THIS PICTURE?
Despite everything, you've written IIo pages of nada - How to get back
on track by using 6 fast double-checks on your work: The Hero Leads;
Make The Bad Guy Badder; Turn, Turn, Turn; The Emotional Color Wheel;
"Hi How Are You I'm Fine"; Take A Step Back - all ironclad and proven
rules for script repair.
S  CHAPTER EIGHT: FINAL FADE IN
Before you send your script out, how can you smooth the
way? - Marketing ideas for both the newbie and the established
professional that will help you get your script sold and made - Plus
personal examples.
GLOSSARY
From A to Z, a review of every slangy STC expression and
Hollywood-inside-the-31o-area-code term.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Motion picture plays Technique, Motion picture authorship