Save The CatPosted: March 7, 2011
This is the last book on screen writing you will ever need. Thats the motto of the book and I agree. Blake Snyder (October 3, 1957 – August 4, 2009) was an American screenwriter who recently passed away. But he left an imprint on the industry of screen writing before he left us. He found a niche as a mentor and has helps numerous writers better understand how to write. The concept he invest that I love is his beat sheet. He found that every time he would pitch a story the executives always seemed to ask him the same questions and he saw a pattern. The pattern he later realized feel into specific beats in the story so he created something called a Beat Sheet. 15 beats that are crucial to your story. You can download his beat sheet from his website that is still online.
The other interesting thing I loved in his book was His Immutable Laws Of Screenplay Physics. Basically they are common sense rules for movie script writing. That is how he got the name Save The Cat. My favorite is Pope in the Pool. Basically you have some boring exposition that you need to explain to move your story forward you need to divert the audiences attention with something more interesting action while your characters discuss this. If you put the pope in pool swimming you are sure to hold the audiences attention.
This is my favorite book on how to write a script. It might not be the only one you need but it certainly is the last. It really helps bring together all the other concepts and the steps I listed on this blog.