Writing a “rom-com”? Check out the “Buddy Love” chapter for a “beat for beat” dissection of When Harry Met Sally... plus references to 10 other great romantic comedies that will make your story sing.
Scripting a horror film? Read the “Monster in the House” section and discover how Alien and Jaws are the same movie—and what you need to do to write a scary story that resonates.
Want to execute a great mystery? Go to the “Whydunit” chapter and learn about the “dark turn” that’s essential to the heroes of All the President’s Men, Blade Runner, Fargo, Mystic River, and hip noir Brick—and see why ALL good stories, whether a Hollywood blockbuster or a Sundance award winner, follow the same rules of structure outlined in Snyder’s breakthrough method.
By seeing movies in this way, and having STC! 2 as a reference, you can now think up a movie idea, figure out what type it is, turn right to that chapter, and see what other writers did with this story type. Snyder even provides readers with a list of 500 “Cousins,” movies you can watch that will help you figure out what’s essential in your story… and what isn’t.
If you want to create a movie that pleases most audiences most of the time, the odds increase if you reference Blake’s checklists and see what makes 50 films tick. After all, both executives and audiences respond to the same elements good writers seek to master. They want to know the type of story they signed on for, and whether it’s structured in a way that satisfies everyone. That’s what they’re looking for. And with Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies, that’s what you can deliver.