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

At a Glance

  • Includes Beat Sheets from Tarantino, Lynch, Mamet, Boyle, and more!
  • Learn from Indy, Cult, and Underground hits
  • Another Not to be Missed Title in the Save the Cat Series

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 celebrated non-studio 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 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 "independent" label and Blake Snyder's 15 beats. 

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

You'll see how "hitting the beats" creates a story that resonates for audiences the world over. 

Why is this important? Because it gives both writers and moviegoers a language to analyze film and understand how filmmakers can effectively reach audiences. 

And especially if you are a writer, this book reveals how screenwriters who came before you tackled the same challenges you are facing with the film you want to write -- or the one you are currently working on.

Product Details

  • Date available: 04/04/2017
  • Publication date: 04/04/2017
  • Return policy: 30 days

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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 -...

Meet the Author: Salva Rubio

Salva Rubio, born in Madrid, Spain in1978, is a screenwriter and “The Indie Analyst.”

For 10 years he worked for Spain’s foremost independent distribution, exhibition and production company, Alta Films. There, he analyzed scripts by Eric Rohmer, Gus Van Sant, Walter Salles, Jane Campion, the Coen Brothers, Christopher Hampton, Amos Gitai, John Turturro, Marjane Satrapi, Larry Clark and David Cronenberg, among others. He has also analyzed scripts for Spain’s Ministry of Culture (ICAA), Instituto Cervantes, Fundación Carolina and Casa de América.

He is a professional writer, working in several media. As a feature film screenwriter, he co-wro...

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