What is the Save the Cat Beat Sheet and Why is it Popular?
Blake Snyder was a successful screenwriter with more than 12 spec script sales under his belt. Some for over a million dollars. He was trucking along in Hollywood when he realized a pattern to the scripts he was selling.
There was an identifiable structure that seemed to please executives and audiences alike.
So Blake Snyder set to work on what would become Save the Cat, a bestselling book that would require multiple printings. It was first published in 2005 and now is in its 34th printing.
Today, Save the Cat is taught in film schools, sold on Amazon, and has become ubiquitous with screenwriting in general. Jason Hellerman of NoFilmSchool does a deep dive into this book, its beat sheet, and talk about why it remains so popular.
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