Based on the best-selling books of screenwriter Blake Snyder, Save the Cat!® provides a remarkable, versatile set of tools to help writers reach their full artistic potential.
Using Blake’s acclaimed ideas and methods since 2006, our Beat Sheet Workshop has helped hundreds of writers create the titles, loglines, and critical story beats which became the foundation of their screenplays and novels. In 2017, we introduced our Online Beat Sheet Workshops.
In addition to our workshops, we offer screenwriters and novelists expert feedback and analysis based on the Save the Cat! methodology.
Our books, story structure software, digital courses, and iPhone, iPad, and Android apps teach you everything you need to master the Save the Cat! principles.
“The theories Blake touches upon are undeniable, universal truths of human storytelling, and he did us all a huge and lasting favor by putting them in a digestible form that people can immediately use and rely upon.”
— Dean DeBlois, Writer/Director: How to Train Your Dragon 2, How to Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch
In his 20-year career as a screenwriter and producer, Blake Snyder sold dozens of scripts, including co-writing Blank Check, which became a hit for Disney, and Nuclear Family for Steven Spielberg — both million-dollar sales. Named “one of Hollywood’s most successful spec screenwriters,” Blake sold his last screenplay in 2009, three months before his death.
His book, Save the Cat!® The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, was published in May, 2005, and is now in its 24th printing.
In fact, it turned out not to be "the last book on screenwriting you’ll ever need," as the eagerly awaited sequel, Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told, was published in October, 2007. Blake’s third book, Save the Cat!® Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into… And Out Of, was published in November, 2009.
Blake’s method has become the “secret weapon” of many development executives, managers, and producers for its precise, easy, and honest appraisal of what it takes to write and develop meaningful stories. Save the Cat!® The Last Story Structure Software You’ll Ever Need and the Save the Cat! apps have codified his principles.
Blake taught at Chapman, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and the Beijing Film Academy. His books are the basis of screenwriting classes at many major universities internationally. The writers he mentored continue to teach his principles in Save the Cat!® workshops and consultations.
Blake was a member of the Writers Guild of America, west.
Blake passed away suddenly on August 4, 2009, but he lives on in his films and his books, in the advice that will never grow old, with the spirit that will continue to thrive and inspire. His story resonates with all who loved him, and your stories will resonate thanks to his love for you.
How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks, 2010) was dedicated to Blake.
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