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Save The Cat! The Last Story Structure Software You'll Ever Need version 3.0

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At a Glance

  • Story outline software program for screenplays
  • Guides you through the complete story development process step-by-step
  • Contains the method used by one of Hollywood’s most successful scriptwriters

Buy now and receive a FREE PDF of the Top 60 Beat Sheets from the Blake Snyder blog archives, including Momento, Breaking Bad Pilot, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. See the full list below.

Structure your screenplay the Save the Cat!® way and create stories that resonate!

Structure your screenplay the Save the Cat! way, with the method used by one of Hollywood's most successful spec screenwriters. Based on Blake Snyder’s best-selling book, Save the Cat! The Last Screenwriting Book You’ll Ever Need, this revised and updated software guides you through the complete story development process, step-by-step, from title to logline.

Want to see how Save the Cat! software can help you write? Click here to watch a short video and see it in action.

Choose one of 10 Genres, each with recognizable traits that will help you write something that is “the same, only different”: 

  • Monster in the House
  • Golden Fleece
  • Out of the Bottle
  • Dude with a Problem
  • Rites of Passage
  • Buddy Love
  • Whydunit
  • The Fool Triumphant
  • Institutionalized
  • Superhero

Fill in a Blake Snyder Beat Sheet with the 15 key beats for every screenplay: 

  • Opening Image
  • Theme Stated
  • Set-up
  • Catalyst
  • Debate
  • Break into Two
  • B Story
  • Fun and Games
  • Midpoint
  • Bad Guys Close In
  • All Is Lost
  • Dark Night of the Soul
  • Break into Three
  • Finale
  • Final Image 

Use The Board, the fabled device seen in executive offices all over Hollywood, which allows you to "see" your movie when you create moveable, numbered, color-coded scene cards before you begin writing. The Board is broken down into four rows, 10 cards per row for a total of 40 (though you can add more) — a good average count for the number of beats in the average movie. 

NEW WITH 3.0:

New User Interface – Everything’s in one window: Title and Logline, the Beat Sheet, the Board, the Litter Box, and a new Notes Corkboard. Size, expand, or hide sections as you want to. Choose between 4 font sizes.

The Beats and Beat Cards – The scene cards that are automatically created for the 15 beats remain linked to the beat, so if you change the description for the beat, the description in the card changes—and vice versa. Plus, you can use these additional, optional beat cards on the Board from Save the Cat!® Strikes Back

  • 3 Set-Up Cards – one each for “At Home,” “At Work,” and “At Play”
  • Debate – “Home” and “Work”
  • Fun and Games – 4 cards, alternating between B Story and Fun and Games
  • “Internal” and “External” cards for Bad Guys Close In
  • 5 Finale cards for the elements of Blake’s Five-Point Finale: “Gathering the Team,””Executing the Plan,” “The High Tower Surprise,” “Dig Deep Down,” and “The Execution of the New Plan.”

The Board – Change the size both horizontally and vertically. Scroll both horizontally and vertically. Pin cards anywhere.

File Formats – STC! 3.0 files are fully compatible between Windows, Mac, iPhone, and iPad. No need to export and import—just copy the file.

New Corkboard Notes Section – Attach nearly any kind of file: photos, PDFs, sound files, video files, spreadsheets—you can even highlight text and images in a Web page and drag and drop them here.

Characters – Add a list of characters with gender, age, description, and more. Link attachments to characters. Drag and drop characters onto scene cards.

Locations – Add a list of locations. Link attachments, like photos or maps. Drag and drop a location onto a scene card.

Scene Cards – List View: View your cards chronologically; filter the list by color code or by character and/or location.

Page Count – Now up to 1,000 pages (for all you novelists!)

Script Formatting – Improved interface for typing the script for each scene (exportable to Final Draft to polish it up)

Automatic Update Notification – Whenever there’s a new version.

Chapter 3 (“The Transformation Machine”) and The Greenlight Checklist with 50 checkable items — from Blake’s third book, Save the Cat!® Strikes Back

Beats and the Board from a major 2010 hit

Updated Tutorial, New Movie Examples for Genres and Beats, Added Tips & Tactics

Save the Cat!® Cloud – Choose to use our Cloud to place your file into your own personal queue from which you can download it to any device or computer.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

Windows:
Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP w/ Service Pack 2
1 GB RAM
50 MB of available hard drive
CD-ROM drive

Macintosh:
Mac OS Version 10.5.8 or higher
512 MB RAM
50 MB of available hard drive
CD-ROM drive

Top 60 Beat Sheets from the Blake Snyder blog archives:

  • (500) Days of Summer 
  • 52 Reasons to Hate My Father – The “Before”
  • All Is Lost
  • Amour
  • Argo Hits the Beats
  • Avatar
  • Breaking Bad Pilot by Geoff Harris
  • Breaking Bad Pilot by Tom Reed
  • Bridesmaids 
  • Caddyshack
  • Chronicle 
  • Despicable Me 2 
  • District 9 
  • Elf 
  • Fantasia — “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” Sequence 
  • Flight 
  • Frankenweenie 
  • Frozen 
  • Gravity 
  • Her 
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 
  • How to Train Your Dragon 
  • Inception 
  • Inglourious Basterds 
  • Inside Llewyn Davis 
  • It Happened One Night 
  • Jurassic Park 
  • Kung Fu Panda 
  • Love Scene 
  • Memento 
  • Midnight in Paris 
  • Moneyball 
  • Muppets Most Wanted 
  • Paperman 
  • Precious 
  • Pride and Prejudice 
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark 
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes 
  • Silver Linings Playbook 
  • Star Wars – Part One
  • Star Wars – Part Two
  • Tangled 
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 
  • The Apartment 
  • The Avengers 
  • The Fighter 
  • The Grey 
  • The Help 
  • The Hunger Games Book/Movie Comparison 
  • The Hunger Games Novel 
  • The Hurt Locker 
  • The Kids Are All Right 
  • The King’s Speech 
  • The Secret World of Arrietty 
  • The Social Network 
  • The Twilight Zone® “Time Enough at Last” 
  • Toy Story 3 
  • True Grit 
  • Up in the Air 
  • Up 
  • Vincent 
  • Wedding Crashers 
  • Winter’s Bone 
  • A Cat! and Her Batman Fan Film 
  • Blindsided by The Blind Side 
  • From the Best of Our Blogs: 2 Breaking Bad Pilot 
  • How Save the Cat! Saved a Web Series 
  • How the Beats Helped a Writer Self-Publish an Amazon Hit 
  • Taylor Swift’s Begin Again 
  • The Last Novel-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need! 

Product Details

  • Date available: 10/28/2011
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Return policy: 30 days

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

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The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Blake Snyder

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 most recently screenplay in 2009.

His book, Save the Cat!® The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, was published in May, 2005, and is now in its sixteenth printing. It prompted "standing room only" appearances by Blake in New York, London, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Barcelona, and Beijing -...

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