A Hater’s Guide to Save the Cat – Part One

Blake Snyder was, by all accounts, a nice man. He tragically passed away in 2009. I’m not here to disrespect the man. That said, this is a Hater’s guide to his book, Save the Cat, in case you ever have to quote anything about it to someone who’s taking it way too seriously. PART ONEContinue reading “A Hater’s Guide to Save the Cat – Part One”

In defense of three act structure.

The three act structure is the Coca Cola of screenwriting theories.  It states that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end.  Its simple vagueness allows it to apply to pretty much any story.  When people say that the three act model has its flaws, they have a point; when people say that it doesn’tContinue reading “In defense of three act structure.”

A Basic Three Act Structure

FEATURES: Single protagonist, clear-cut theme, strong character arc, a happy ending. CAUTIONS: It’s not about the idea, it’s about the execution. Any idiot can fill out a formula, the people who get hired are the ones who can fill out this formula in a way that is fresh and emotionally involving. ACT ONE: Setup theContinue reading “A Basic Three Act Structure”