16. Should We "Save the Cat" or Let It Die? A Discussion About Script Structure

 

Do all great movies rely on the same "formula" for their plots? No. But do most of them end up hitting a lot of the same beats in very similar ways? Yup. This week we talk about all of this, including the highly controversial author and screenwriter, Blake Snyder (Save the Cat). We also touch on lots of examples of how this plays out in movies from classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey to The Princess Bride.

 
 
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SHOW NOTES

Save the Cat (By Blake Snyder) // On Amazon

Joseph Campbell links //

Lethal Weapon // "I'm too old for this shit" // "Do Ya Really Wanna Jump? Let's Do It"

Youʼve Got Mail // The Coffee Shop Scene

Dumb And Dumber // "So youʼre sayin' Thereʼs a Chance"

Princess Bride // "Have fun storming the castle"

Adaptation //

Charlie Kauffman // Long ass (but worth a watch) Screenwriting Master Class

Watchmen // Watch the Trailer

What to Know for your FIRST TIME HAVING SEX

Children of Men // Watch the trailer

AMP studios // Check out the website

2001: A Space Odyssey // A great behind the scenes video

Mulholland Drive // Watch the trailer

Credits and Personal Links:

A Mama Bear Studios Production // Mama Bear Studios’ Website

Produced and edited by: Isaiah Smallman

Executive Producer: Jon Schimpf

Opening music: "The Get Down," Produced by Summer Dregs

Outro music: Composed and Recorded by Tom Paulus and Max Belz

Cover Art by: Nate Giordano

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