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Working with "Theme" in Your Screenplay
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With screenwriter Blake Snyder


With this podcast, we begin a series of commentaries by screenwriter Blake Snyder.

This time, Blake explains why "theme" in a movie is important and how to work with it.

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

Commentator: Blake Snyder
Date: October 8, 2008
Running time: 04:20
File size: 2 megabytes
Rating: G
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