Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need

Save the Cat!
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The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need
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Save The Cat! The Last Writing Book That You Ever Read Blake Snyder

Table of Content | Mục Lục

01 | ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

02 | FOREWORD

The official stamp of approval ofthe Save the Cat method from Sheila Hanahan Taylor, producer and development executive for Zide/Perry (American Pie, Final Destination, Hellboy).

03 | INTRODUCTION

Why another screenwriting book? – Some background on the author and the reason for the book – And what does the phrase “Save the Cat” mean anyway?

04 | CHAPTER ONE: WHAT IS IT?

The importance of “the idea” – What is a “logline” and what are the four requirements to creating a better one? – What is “high concept” and why is itstill relevant? – Test pitching your movie for fun andprofit – Plus five games to jump-start your idea-creating skills.

05 | THE LOGLINE FROM HELL

06 | ISN’T IT IRONIC?

07 | A COMPELLING MENTAL PICTURE

08 | AUDIENCE AND COST

09 | A KILLER TITLE

10 | YOU AND YOUR “WHAT IS IT?”

11 | A TEST MARKETING EXAMPLE

12 | THE “DEATH” OF HIGH CONCEPT

13 | SUMMARY

14 | EXERCISES

15 | CHAPTER TWO: GIVE ME THE SAME THING… ONLY DIFFERENT!

All about genre – The 10 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.

16 | WHAT IS IT… MOST LIKE?

17 | MONSTER IN THE HOUSE

18 | THE GOLDEN FLEECE

19 | OUT OF THE BOTTLE

20 | DUDE WITH A PROBLEM

21 | RITES OF PASSAGE

22 | BUDDY LOVE

23 | WHYDUNIT

24 | THE FOOL TRIUMPHANT

25 | INSTITUTIONALIZED

26 | SUPERHERO

27 | HOLLYWOOD’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

28 | SUMMARY

29 | EXERCISES

30 | CHAPATER 3: IT’S ABOUT A GUY WHO…

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.

WHO IS THIS ABOUT?

AMPING UP THE LOGLINE

THE PRIMAL URGE

CASTING FOR THE ROLE OF YOUR HERO

ACTOR ARCHETYPES

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

SLAVE TO THE LOGLINE

SUMMARY

EXERCISES

CHAPTER 4: LET’S BEAT IT OUT!

The beats of a movie as defined by the official “Blake Snyder Beat Sheet” a.k.a. the BS~ – An in-depth discussion of each ofthe 15 beats found in a successful movie as found in the BS~ – How the beats apply to Miss Congenzaliry.

STRUCTURE. STRUCTURE, STRUCTURE…

OPENING IMAGE (1)

THEME STATED (5)

SET UP (1-10)

CATALYST (12)

DEBATE (12-25)

BREAK INTO TWO (25)

B STORY (30)

FUN AND GAMES (30-55)

MIDPOINT (55)

BAD GUYS CLOSE IN (55-75)

ALL IS LOST (75)

DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL (75-85)

BREAK INTO THREE (85)

FINALE (85-110)

FINAL IMAGE (110)

SUMMARY

EXERCISES

CHAPTER 5: BULDING THE PERFECT BEAST

Putting it up on the board – Sectioning offfour horizontal rows, one for each section ofthe 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.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

FIRST CARDS FIRST

THE MAOR TURNS

OVERLOADED ACTS AND BLACK HOLES

THE ETERNALLY LIGHT ACT THREE

COLOR-CODING

STRIPPING IT DOWN

+/- AND ><

READY TO LET IT FLY…

FINAL WORDS ON THE SUBJECT

CHECKING IN WITH MY SECRET WEAPON

SUMMARY

EXERCISES

CHAPTER 6: THE IMMUTABLE LAWS OF SCREENPLAY PHYSICS

Common sense rules ofscreenwriting based on experience in the trenches ofHollywood, such as: Save the Cat, The Pope in the Pool, Double Mumbo Jumbo, Lcrying Pipe, Too Much MarZipan a.k.a. Black Vet, Watch Out for That Glacier!, and Covenant ofthe Arc.

SAVE THE CAT

THE POPE IN THE POOL

DOUBLE MUMBO JUMBO

LAYING PIPE

BLACK VET A.K.A. TOO MUCH MARZIPAN

WATCH OUT FOR THAT GLACIER!

THE COVENANT OF THE ARC

KEEP THE PRESS OUTS

SUMMARY

EXERCISES

CHAPTER 7: WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

Despite everything, you’ve written no pages of nada – How to get back on track by using 6 fast double-checks on your work: The Hero Leads; Make The Bad G19 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.

THE HERO LEADS

TALKING THE PLOT

MAKE THE BAD GUY BADDER

TURN,TURN, TURN

THE EMOTIONAL COLOR WHEEL

“HI HOW ARE YOU I’M FINE”

TAKE A STEP BACK

A LIMP AND AN EYE PATCH

IS IT PRIMAL?

SUMMARY

EXERCISES

CHAPTER 8: FINAL FADE IN

Before you send your script out, how can you smoth the way? – Marketing ideas for both the newb.ie and the establIshed professional that will help you get your scnpt sold and made – Plus personal examples.

AMBITION VS. FATE

PREPARING THE FIELD

THAT SOUL-EATING FIRST CONTACT

NETWORKING

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME…

SOME MARKETING HITS AND MISSES

IT IS WHAT IT IS

GLOSSARY

From A to Z, a review of every slangy STC expression and Hollywood-inside-the-3Io-area-code term.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Yêu điện ảnh và nhiều thứ khác

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