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Goodbye, Officer Blake Snyder 4153
Goodbye, Officer Blake Snyder 4153
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: St. Louis County Police
MGU Interview: Screenwriting Guru BLAKE SNYDER
MGU Interview: Screenwriting Guru BLAKE SNYDER
Published: 2012/06/26
Channel: Movie Geeks United!
Officer Blake C Snyder Police Tribute
Officer Blake C Snyder Police Tribute
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: Tommy Hambrough
Officer Blake Snyder
Officer Blake Snyder
Published: 2016/10/14
Channel: Brandon Pappert
St  Louis County officer Blake Snyder killed in line of duty
St Louis County officer Blake Snyder killed in line of duty
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: Global Daily News
Blake Snyder funeral
Blake Snyder funeral
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: BNDVideo
On Story Structure (and how Save the Cat ruined Hollywood)
On Story Structure (and how Save the Cat ruined Hollywood)
Published: 2013/08/28
Channel: Christopher Keelty
Live, Exclusive Teleseminar with Screenwriting Guru Blake Snyder
Live, Exclusive Teleseminar with Screenwriting Guru Blake Snyder
Published: 2009/03/16
Channel: TheBOSI
"Save the Cat" Examples
"Save the Cat" Examples
Published: 2009/11/18
Channel: Coneybuck
Widow of Officer Blake Snyder opens up about her loss and Proposition P
Widow of Officer Blake Snyder opens up about her loss and Proposition P
Published: 2017/03/29
Channel: KTRS550TV
Officer Blake Snyder
Officer Blake Snyder's funeral procession
Published: 2016/10/21
Channel: Drone U.
St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder funeral services
St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder funeral services
Published: 2016/10/14
Channel: Kevin Mueller
The 15 Beats Explained | Works for almost any show and/or movie
The 15 Beats Explained | Works for almost any show and/or movie
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: iEntertainU tv
Police Funeral Procession for Officer Blake Snyder - St. Louis Police 10/13/16
Police Funeral Procession for Officer Blake Snyder - St. Louis Police 10/13/16
Published: 2016/10/14
Channel: Officer Dominick Izzo - Cop / Warrior / Christian
RIP Officer Blake Snyder Final Watch
RIP Officer Blake Snyder Final Watch
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: Whi Media Network
Blake Snyder In the bag
Blake Snyder In the bag
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: Buzza Golf
Screenplay Structure Analysis of AMERICAN BEAUTY
Screenplay Structure Analysis of AMERICAN BEAUTY
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: The Criticat
Screenwriting Structure using Blake Snyder
Screenwriting Structure using Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet (Case Study: Monsters' Inc)
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: Shiona Penrake
Save The Cat! Tribute Video: ET
Save The Cat! Tribute Video: ET
Published: 2010/08/18
Channel: Mediajuice Studios
Let
Let's Write! Blake Snyder Beat Sheet, Beats 1 and 2 (of 15)
Published: 2014/02/21
Channel: Leslie Quigless
Friends share memories of St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder.
Friends share memories of St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder.
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: BNDVideo
Officer Snyder Funeral Procession
Officer Snyder Funeral Procession
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: RiverBender.com
Applying Blake Snyder Beat Sheet
Applying Blake Snyder Beat Sheet
Published: 2015/03/14
Channel: Kurt Wright
St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder funeral services
St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder funeral services
Published: 2016/10/14
Channel: Kevin Mueller
Friends share memories of Blake Snyder
Friends share memories of Blake Snyder
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: BNDVideo
Officer Snyder Shooting Death
Officer Snyder Shooting Death
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: Jessica Machetta
Davis Honors Officer Blake Snyder on House Floor
Davis Honors Officer Blake Snyder on House Floor
Published: 2016/11/16
Channel: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis
Officer Blake Snyder
Officer Blake Snyder's Funeral
Published: 2017/04/16
Channel: Madison County Illinois Scanner Page
Officer Blake Snyder - RIP
Officer Blake Snyder - RIP
Published: 2016/10/14
Channel: Jim Wilder
Affton community mourns the loss of Officer Blake Snyder
Affton community mourns the loss of Officer Blake Snyder
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: Justin Andrews
The Morning After discusses broadcast for fallen Officer Blake Snyder
The Morning After discusses broadcast for fallen Officer Blake Snyder
Published: 2016/10/17
Channel: insidestl
Mourners remember Officer Blake Snyder
Mourners remember Officer Blake Snyder
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: stltodaymobile
Funeral for Blake Snyder
Funeral for Blake Snyder
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: Blake Snyder
In Memory Of Officer Blake Snyder STLCOPD
In Memory Of Officer Blake Snyder STLCOPD
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: LiveSTLScanner
Save the Cat – Screenwriting Story Structure Made Easy for Film -  IFH 071 Blake Snyder
Save the Cat – Screenwriting Story Structure Made Easy for Film - IFH 071 Blake Snyder
Published: 2016/05/06
Channel: Indie Film Hustle
Let
Let's Write! Blake Snyder Beat Sheet, Beats 3-5 (of 15)
Published: 2014/02/21
Channel: Leslie Quigless
Officer Blake Snyder funeral procession Pt. 1
Officer Blake Snyder funeral procession Pt. 1
Published: 2016/10/20
Channel: Maurice Gayden
Bald Eagle release in honor of Officer Blake Snyder
Bald Eagle release in honor of Officer Blake Snyder
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: BNDVideo
Officer Blake Snyder Funeral
Officer Blake Snyder Funeral
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: Officer Dominick Izzo - Cop / Warrior / Christian
Officer Blake Snyder part  1
Officer Blake Snyder part 1
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: Tyler Knecht
Officer Blake Snyder
Officer Blake Snyder
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: Officer Dominick Izzo - Cop / Warrior / Christian
St Louis County police officer Blake Snyder
St Louis County police officer Blake Snyder
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: Tyler Knecht
Applying the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet
Applying the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet
Published: 2015/03/14
Channel: Kurt Wright
Officer Blake Snyder
Officer Blake Snyder
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: JAM Z
Blake Snyder, Sonata No. 4, Hook
Blake Snyder, Sonata No. 4, Hook
Published: 2014/02/10
Channel: Brontegirl509
Officer Blake Snyder Memorial Park Dedication
Officer Blake Snyder Memorial Park Dedication
Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: meadkh
Blake Snyder funeral
Blake Snyder funeral
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: bubba9004
KMOV Coverage of the Funeral for Officer Blake Snyder Promo
KMOV Coverage of the Funeral for Officer Blake Snyder Promo
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: PadillaFilms
Officer Blake Snyder Funeral Procession
Officer Blake Snyder Funeral Procession
Published: 2016/10/14
Channel: Tom O
October-7-2016 (Friday) - RIP Officer Blake Snyder
October-7-2016 (Friday) - RIP Officer Blake Snyder
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: Bob Romanik Grim Reaper Episodes
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Blake Snyder (screenwriter) (October 3, 1957 – August 4, 2009) was an American screenwriter based in Los Angeles, who through the authorship of three books on screenwriting and story structures became one of the most popular writing mentors in the film industry. Snyder led international seminars and workshops for writers in various disciplines, as well as consultation sessions for some of Hollywood's largest studios. Snyder died unexpectedly August 4, 2009, of what was characterized as either a pulmonary embolism[1] or cardiac arrest,[2][3] with a public memorial being held at the Writers Guild of America, West on September 29, 2009.[4]

Early life[edit]

Snyder's father, Kenneth C.T. Snyder, was an Emmy-winning TV producer of many children's shows in the 1960s and 1970s. Among them were The Funny Company, Hot Wheels, animated segments on Sesame Street, Big Blue Marble and the cult classic Roger Ramjet.

At the age of eight, Snyder was hired by his father as a voice talent for an animated special starring Sterling Holloway. Snyder continued doing children's voices alongside Gary Owens, June Foray and others until his voice changed and he was fired by his producer father.

Snyder went on to earn a B.A. degree in English from Georgetown University, and returned to Los Angeles where he began his career writing for the Disney TV series Kids Incorporated. Snyder began writing full-time as a screenwriter in 1987. He was a member of the Writers Guild of America for over 20 years.

Snyder's first spec screenplay sale was in 1989 for the script Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, which sold for $500,000 in a bidding war.[5][6] He went on to sell 12 more original screenplays and was named "one of Hollywood's most successful spec screenwriters".[7] Million dollar script sales include Blank Check, co-written with Colby Carr for Walt Disney Pictures, and Nuclear Family, co-written with James Haggin for Steven Spielberg/Amblin Entertainment.[8][9]

Save the Cat! screenwriting manual[edit]

Snyder's nonfiction book Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need was the number one selling book among screenwriting manuals on Amazon and in 2015 is on its 23rd printing.[10] The book describes in detail the structure of the monomyth or hero's journey, providing a by-the-minute pattern for screenwriting.[11]

Origin of the title[edit]

The title Save The Cat! was coined by Snyder to describe a decisive moment when the protagonist does something nice—like, literally, saving a cat. Snyder writes that, "it's the scene where we [first] meet the hero," in order to gain audience favor and support for the main character right from the start. In the opening scene of the movie, Frequency, for example, Frank Sullivan, played by Dennis Quaid, is the veteran firefighter that jumps into a manhole to save two workers from a gas explosion. Prior to his death-defying rescue, his chief warns, "Frank, you're not going to make it. There's not enough time." Frank, a true hero, doesn't seem overly alarmed. This is what he does. His concern is primarily for the men below as he confidently jokes, "What, miss the World Series? Not a chance." From this moment on, the audience is fully invested in Frank's wellbeing and rooting for him to succeed.

According to Snyder, this crucial element is missing from many of today's movies. He referenced Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life (2003) - as being a film that focused on making the character Lara Croft "cool" and sexy (via a "new latex body suit for Angelina Jolie") instead of likable. An estimated $95 million was spent on this film, and it only grossed $156.5 worldwide ($65.6 million in the U.S.).[12] This sequel did not lose money, but it earned considerably less than the original Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2001), which grossed $274.7 million worldwide ($131.1 million in the U.S.).[13]

His inspiration for this was the movie Alien, where Sigourney Weaver's character Ripley saves a cat named Jones.

In his book, Snyder gave greatest emphasis on the importance of structure through his Blake Snyder Beat Sheet or the "BS2" which includes the 15 essential "beats" or plot points that all stories should contain.

Snyder's method expanded the 15 beats further into 40 beats, which are laid out on "The Board." The Board is divided into 4 rows, with each row representing a quarter of the story, namely the 1st Act, the 1st half of the 2nd Act, the 2nd half of the 2nd Act, and the 3rd Act.

Snyder also introduced 10 genres in his book that distinguished how stories are structured. According to Snyder, standard genre types such as Romantic Comedy, Epic or Biography did not say much about the story, only the type of movie it is. Snyder's system explored genre more fully, with categories such as "Monster in the House", "Golden Fleece", "Buddy Love" and others.

Book series[edit]

In 2007, Snyder wrote Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies. The second book took 50 landmark movies, identified their specific genres, and broke them down into the 15 beats of the BS2.

The third book of Snyder's series, Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble For Screenwriters To Get Into… and Out Of, was published in November, 2009.[14]

The fourth book of Snyder's series was written by his student Spanish screenwriter and novelist Salva Rubio. It is titled "Save the Cat! Goes to the Indies" and features the analysis of 50 independent, European, auteur and cult films (published in April, 2017).[15]

Software[edit]

As a companion to his books, Snyder developed a story structure software product called Save the Cat! The Last Story Structure Software You'll Ever Need. The software places Snyder's Beat Sheet and Board on an end user's desktop. In 2008, Snyder and software company Final Draft, Inc. specializing in script formatting, became partners in building import/export functions between the two programs.[16] Snyder's company, Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC, released an iPhone app of the software in November, 2009.

Workshops and consultations[edit]

Snyder developed two weekend workshops for writers, filmmakers and executives. The introductory class, The Beat Sheet Workshop, helped participants come up with the solid structure of the 15 beats, before they embark on the actual writing of the script. In addition, The Beat Sheet Workshop was expanded to be led internationally.

The second workshop, a continuation of the first, called The Board Workshop, had participants take their 15 beats and expand them into 40 cards for a more detailed story structure. Snyder held his workshops all over the United States, Europe and Asia. The workshops were run year round. Snyder also taught his method in such universities as UCLA, Chapman University, Vanderbilt University and the Beijing Film Academy.

Following the release of his first book, Snyder provided script analysis to studios such as Disney, DreamWorks, Laika and Nelvana.

Influence[edit]

How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks, 2010) was dedicated to Snyder.[17]

Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch was dedicated to Snyder as well.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need (2005)
  • Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter's Guide to Every Story Ever Told (2007)
  • Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into… and Out Of (2009)
  • Save the Cat! Blake's Blogs: More Information and Inspiration for Writers (2016)
  • Save the Cat! Goes to the Indies: The Screenwriters Guide to 50 Films from the Masters (by Salva Rubio, 2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profiles: Blake Snyder". ScriptMag.Com (was Storylink.Com). The Writers Store. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (August 6, 2009). "Scribe Blake Snyder dies at 51". The Hollywood Reporter/Associated Press. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ Finke, Nikki (August 6, 2009). "R.I.P. Blake Snyder & Charlie Davis". Deadline.Com. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ Beach, Sarah (September 30, 2009). "Celebrating a Life". Scribblerworks News. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ Variety, page 6, Nov. 1989 First Time Writers Fare Well at W & A – Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot script sale.
  6. ^ Hollywood Reporter, Cover Story, October 3, 1990 – Fierce Bidding War.
  7. ^ Screenwriter Blake Snyder, Hollywoodlitsales/StudioNotes
  8. ^ Variety, page 5, April 12, 1993 – Blank Check script sale.
  9. ^ Hollywood Reporter, page 4, April 12, 1993 – Blank Check and Nuclear Family script sales.
  10. ^ "Blake Snyder". Amazon.Com. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ Peter Suderman. "Save the Movie!". Slate.com. 
  12. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0325703/business
  13. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0146316/business
  14. ^ Suderman, Pete. "Save the Movie!". Slate.com. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Save the Cat". Savethecat.com. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  16. ^ Final Draft Press Release March 24, 2008 Final Draft Introduces Two New Development Software Partners.
  17. ^ http://www.blakesnyder.com/2010/03/26/how-the-dragon-really-got-trained/
  18. ^ Aaronovitch, Ben (2012). Whispers Under Ground. Del Rey/Random House. p. dedication page. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 

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