Save the Cat - The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
How much do I want to read more? 7/10
It looks like it's The book about screenwriting. For both movie makers and novels. And maybe more?
The author is very enthusiastic about his field of expertise, and it's a pleasure to read.
FOREWORD By Sheila Hanahan Taylor
Because this book explores the craft of screenwriting starting from the business side of things, I consider it both essential and revolutionary.
Save the Cat! is, to me, a must-read for anyone who is even remotely interested in being in the game.
I also value Joseph Campbell’s work. Hero With A Thousand Faces remains the best book about storytelling ever.
And of course I have a soft spot for Robert McKee.
I think it would be good if a screenwriting book told you the truth about your chances of selling. There are tons of seminars and screenwriting programs out there that seem designed to encourage people and ideas that should not be encouraged. I don’t know about you, but I find this cruel. Advice like: “Follow your heart!” and “Be true to your vision!” is fine if you’re in therapy. Me? I really want to improve my odds. Life is short.
Other books often serve the writer of the book more than the reader. I personally don’t want a career teaching screenplay, I just want to pass along what I know.
Take a hip, slick movie like Lara Croft 2 for example. They spent a fortune on that film. And everyone is still wondering what happened.
I call it the “Save the Cat” scene. It’s the scene where we meet the hero and the hero does something — like saving a cat — that defines who he is and makes us, the audience, like him.
1- What is it?
Yes, the film stars George Clooney; sure, it’s got amazing special effects; But what’s it about?
Just like you with your newspaper trying to pitch your friends their movie choices, the competition for our attention spans has gotten fierce.
on any given weekend, even an avid moviegoer only has about 30 seconds to decide what to see.
How are you going to cut through all the traffic that’s competing for their attention?
Starsky and Hutch, The Hulk, and Resident Evil, Shrek 2, Spider-Man 2, Mission: Impossible 3, Ocean’s Twelve.
Why gamble your 10 bucks on something you’re not sure of versus something you already know?
And maybe they’re right. If you can’t answer “What is it?” why take a chance?
concentrate on writing one sentence. One line.
Because if you can learn how to tell me “What is it?” better, faster, and with more creativity, you’ll keep me interested. And incidentally, by doing so before you start writing your script, you’ll make the story better, too.