Want To Know How To Be A Screenwriter? Book Review of The ‘Last Book On Screenwriting’ – Save The Cat!, Blake Snyder
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!
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I realised as I was working on one of my novels, that it would be much better suited as a TV show or even film. I visualised it so much whilst working on it I decided I should investigate the possibility of editing it into a screenplay.
It was at this point that I realised my study hadn’t included a huge amount about it, and so many people just ended conversations about screenwriting by saying things like, ‘Why bother, it’s all about who you know, not what you know.’
Whilst this could be true, the six steps from Kevin Bacon do seem to cover the whole of Hollywood and beyond, I don’t like being fobbed off or deterred so I decided to learn a bit more about before writing it off (sorry really rubbish unintentional pun)
It breaks down the process, in direct clear instructions. The author doesn’t pretend you’ll earn a million in a week, or even a month, or ever. He doesn’t tell you his formula will make you a prize winning screenwriter, he just clearly and concisely talks you through his process and illustrates it with excellent accessible references.
I know I will be referring back to it many, many times.
You need to accept and embrace the author’s style, he doesn’t mince words. I laughed out loud and nodded with respect at the mass of knowledge shared by Snyder’s generosity.
Even if you already have a screenplay written, or if you’re at the beginning of your writing career, this book should be very near the top of your reading list.
As Sheila Hanahan Taylor states in her Foreword:
“…I found myself using all of Blake Snyder’s tools, hints, and ideas to double and triple check my own projects that are set up and in developmental at studios all over town!”
Title: Save The Cat!
Author: Blake Snyder
Copyright: 2005 Blake Snyder
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