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With screenwriter/coach Blake Snyder, author of Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies


Want to know what makes successful films work? This week's guest has figured it out, and breaks down 50 films to show you step by step how it's done.

In his 20-year career as a screenwriter and producer, Blake Snyder has 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. His book, Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, was published in May, 2005, and is now in its tenth printing. It has prompted standing room only author appearances in major cities around the world. 

Apparently the book is not quite the last book on screenwriting you’ll ever need. The sequel, Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told, published in October, 2007, shot to number 1 in the "screenwriting," "screenplay," and "movies, history and criticism" categories on

Blake has a B.A. in English from Georgetown University and lives in Beverly Hills, California.

In this inspiring interview, Blake and Paula B. explore:

  • What "save the cat" means and why it's important for films to have "save the cat" moments
  • What the ten story types of most successful films are, and how Blake came up with them
  • What Blake's "story beats" are and how you can use them in your screenplays
  • Why false victories, "lemon seeds," and "buttons" are important.

Interviewee: Blake Snyder
Host: Paula B.
Date: January 27, 2008
Running time: 59:26
File size:   28  megabytes
Rating: G
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