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The Craft: Save the Cat! Part 1 of 4
June 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 – 6:15: Social
Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.
6:15 – 7:30: The Craft: Save the Cat! Part 1 of 4
Tonight we will be discussing Chapters 1 and 2 of Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder.
Save the Cat! is widely considered the best how-to book on screenplays ever written.
Why screenplays? I thought this group was about writing fiction novels…
First, the approach to writing screenplays is considerably different than writing a fiction novel. However, learning about how to write good screenplays will help you to become a significantly more effective writer. As with any good novel, good movies must successfully engage the viewer and leave his or her substantially moved, in a good way, so they’ll come back for more.
Consider it literary cross-training. 🙂
Second, Blake Snyder is one of those people who have actually sold screenplays to famous producers who turned them into well-known movies. Specifically…
He’s made millions of dollars selling screenplays to Hollywood and now screenwriter Blake Snyder tells all. “Save the Cat” is just one of Snyder’s many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying – and saleable, including:
* The four elements of every winning logline
* The seven immutable laws of screenplay physics
* The ten genres and why they’re important to your movie
* Why your Hero must serve your idea
* How to get back on track with ironclad and proven rules for script repair
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 (or fiction novel) if you can save the cat!
Snyder’s first spec screenplay sale was in 1989 for the script Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, which sold for $500,000 in a bidding war. Following that first sale, he sold twelve more original screenplays including million dollar script sales of Blank Check, co-written with Colby Carr for Walt Disney Pictures, and Nuclear Family, co-written with James Haggin for Steven Spielberg/Amblin Entertainment.
Homework: Please come prepared, having read the chapters we will be discussing.
7:30 – 9:00: Tre Critique
Tre Critique is three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work. By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at a rapid pace and reach high quality in the shortest possible time.
Please bring two (and only two) printed copies of your latest work using the following format:
• 12-pt Times New Roman or other commonly-used, legible font (courier, bookman, garamond, calibri, etc.)
• Up to 6 pages or 1,500 words, whichever comes first. Please include a short synopsis of the story up to the beginning of your selection.
• 1″ margins, double-spaced lines, and indented paragraphs (no additional lines after a paragraph).
• Please number and staple your pages. If you have scene breaks, please show them with a number symbol, asterisk, or tildes centered on a line.
Please refrain from discussions during reading and critique periods. If you’re not participating in the critique, feel free to hang out and write, but please keep things “library” quiet until after all critiques are complete.
See you there!