Save the Cat!® Goes to the Indies: The Screenwriters Guide to 50 Films from the Masters

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Salva Rubio (first row, second from left) and Blake Snyder (second row, first from left) at Blake's screenwriting workshop in Spain in 2007.


In his best-selling book, Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies, Blake Snyder provided 50 “beat sheets” to 50 films, mostly studio-made. Now his student, screenwriter and novelist Salva Rubio, applies Blake’s principles to 50 independent, auteur, European and cult films (again with 5 beat sheets for each of Blake’s 10 genres).

From international sensations like The Blair Witch Project to promising debuts like Pi, from small films that acquired cult status like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to Euro-blockbusters like The Full Monty, from unexpected gems like Before Sunrise to textbook classics such as The 400 Blows, from Dogville to Drive and Boogie Nights to Cinema Paradiso, here are 50 movies that fit both the “indie” label and Blake Snyder’s 15 beats.

You’ll find works from Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, Roman Polanski, Danny Boyle, David Mamet, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, and the Coen Brothers, among other renowned writers and directors.

If you’re a moviegoer, you’ll discover a language to analyze film and understand how filmmakers can effectively reach audiences.

If you’re a writer, this book reveals how those who came before you tackled the same challenges you are facing with the films you want to write.

With these 50 beat sheets, you’ll see how “hitting the beats” creates stories that resonate the world over.

THE 50 FILMS (W = Writer  D = Director)

MONSTER IN THE HOUSE

PURE MONSTER: 28 Days Later

 

W: ALEX GARLAND
D: DANNY BOYLE

DOMESTIC MONSTER: The Lives of Others

F.H. VON DONNERSMARCK

SERIAL MONSTER: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

W: HENKEL & HOOPER
D: TOBE HOOPER

SUPRA NATURAL MONSTER: The Blair Witch Project

MYRICK & SANCHEZ

NIHILIST MONSTER: Funny Games

MICHAEL HANEKE

GOLDEN FLEECE

SPORTS FLEECE: The Full Monty

 

W: SIMON BEAUFOY
D: PETER CATTANEO

BUDDY FLEECE: Little Miss Sunshine

W: MICHAEL ARNDT
D: DAYTON and FARIS

EPIC FLEECE: O Brother! Where Art Thou?

W: COEN BROTHERS
D: JOEL COEN

CAPER FLEECE: Reservoir Dogs

QUENTIN TARANTINO

SOLO FLEECE: The Straight Story

W: ROACH & SWEENEY
D: DAVID LYNCH

OUT OF THE BOTTLE

BODY SWITCH BOTTLE: Being John Malkovich

 

W: CHARLIE KAUFMAN
D: SPIKE JONZE

ANGEL BOTTLE: Amélie

 

W: LAURANT and JEUNET
D: J. P. JEUNET

THING BOTTLE: Her

 

SPIKE JONZE

CURSE BOTTLE: Fight Club

W: JIM UHLS
D: DAVID FINCHER

SURREAL BOTTLE: Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

W: IÑÁRRITU & GIACOBONE & DINELARIS & BO
D: A.G. IÑÁRRITU

DUDE WITH A PROBLEM

SPY PROBLEM: The Ghost Writer

 

W: HARRIS & POLANSKI
D: ROMAN POLANSKI

LAW ENFORCEMENT PROBLEM: Drive

W: HOSSEIN AMINI
D: N.W. REFN

DOMESTIC PROBLEM: A History of Violence

W: JOHN OLSON
D: DAVID CRONENBERG

EPIC PROBLEM: The Impossible

W: SERGIO SANCHEZ
D: J. A. BAYONA

NATURE PROBLEM: Dallas Buyers Club

W: BORTEN & WALLACK
D: JEAN-MARC VALÉE

RITES OF PASSAGE

MID-LIFE PASSAGE: Lost in Translation

 

SOFIA COPPOLA

SEPARATION PASSAGE: Blue Valentine

DEREK CIANFRANCE

DEATH PASSAGE: Three Colors: Blue

 W:  KIESLOWSKI and       PIESEWICZ

D: KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI

ADDICTION PASSAGE: Trainspotting

W: JOHN HODGE
D: DANNY BOYLE

ADOLESCENT PASSAGE: The 400 Blows

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT

BUDDY LOVE

PET LOVE: Kes

 

W: HINES and LOACH and GARNETT
D: KEN LOACH

PROFESSIONAL LOVE: A Dangerous Method

W: CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON
D: DAVID CRONENBERG

ROM-COM LOVE: Before Sunrise

W: LINKLATER and KRIZAN

D: RICHARD LINKLATER

EPIC LOVE: The Reader

W: DAVID HARE
D: STEPHEN DALDRY

FORBIDDEN LOVE: Blue Is the Warmest Color

W: KECHICHE and LACROIX
D: ABDELLATIF KECHICHE

WHYDUNIT

POLITICAL WHYDUNIT: Michael Clayton

 

TONY GILROY

FANTASY WHYDUNIT: Pi

DARREN ARONOFSKY

COP WHYDUNIT: The French Connection

W: ERNEST TIDYMAN
D: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN

PERSONAL WHYDUNIT: Get Carter

MIKE HODGES

FILM NOIR WHYDUNIT: The Big Lebowski

W: COEN BROTHERS

D: JOEL COEN

FOOL TRIUMPHANT

POLITICAL FOOL: The King’s Speech

 

W: DAVID SEIDLER
D: TOM HOOPER

UNDERCOVER FOOL: Life Is Beautiful

W: CERAMI & BENIGNI

D: ROBERTO BENIGNI

SOCIETY FOOL: Match Point

WOODY ALLEN

FOOL OUT OF THE WATER: The Artist

MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS

SEX FOOL: Boogie Nights

PAUL THOMAS. ANDERSON

INSTITUTIONALIZED

MILITARY INSTITUTION: Paths of Glory

 

W: KUBRICK & WILLINGHAM and THOMPSON
D: STANLEY KUBRICK

FAMILY INSTITUTION: Dogville

LARS VON TRIER

BUSINESS INSTITUTION: Glengarry Glen Ross

W: DAVID MAMET
D: JAMES FOLEY

MENTOR INSTITUTION: Cinema Paradiso

W: TORNATORE and PAOLI
D: G. TORNATORE

ISSUE INSTITUTION: Pulp Fiction

QUENTIN TARANTINO

SUPERHERO

 

REAL LIFE SUPERHERO: Erin Brockovich

W: SUSANNAH GRANT

D: STEPHEN SODERBERGH

STORYBOOK SUPERHERO: Fantastic Mr. Fox

W: ANDERSON & BAUMBACH
D:WES ANDERSON

FANTASY SUPERHERO: Brazil

W: GILLIAM & STOPPARD & McKEOWN

D: TERRY GILLIAM

 

PEOPLE’S SUPERHERO: The Elephant Man

W: de VORE & BERGREN & LYNCH

D: DAVID LYNCH

COMIC BOOK SUPERHERO: The Crow

W: SCHOW and SHIRLEY
D: ALEX PROYAS

 

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Save the Cat!® Press (April 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds