Blog the Cat, Chapter Eight – Where do we go from here?


Blog the cat screenwriting index.

Well, I’ve read through the last chapter of Blake Snyder’s great scriptwriting book, ‘Save the Cat’, but I’m not really sure what to blog about it. There’s good stuff in there, but it’s all about promoting your script, finding an agent or closing a deal, and that’s just not really where my head is at in this moment.

Part of my head is still just catching up from the stuff I learned today at the latest Brian Henry Saturday workshop, in downtown Toronto at the World’s Biggest Bookstore. The scriptwriting part of my brain is excited about the fact that the Script Frenzy site is launching, and wanting to go back to the beginning of Save the Cat. So it wants to plot out loglines, come up with compelling characters, pick out a genre, make a beat sheet, and buy a Board somewhere.

And I don’t really want to stop it from doing any of those things for long enough to worry about chapter eight of ‘Save the Cat.’ So I’m just going to page through the E-book really quickly, come up with a few cool things to share, and call this a series.

And all the coolest things in this chapter were the stories about novelty pitches – the ones that worked, and the ones that didn’t:

  1. The ‘Leave it to Beaver’ remake pitch that came complete with the original Mrs Cleaver, to serve milk and cookies to film suits.
  2. Radioactive script container units for the ‘Nuclear Family’ scripts couriered to studio head offices. (After calling beforehand to make sure that nobody called the real bomb squad.)
  3. Backpacks stuffed with a million dollars in play money each for ‘Blank Check’

Well, thank you all for taking this journey of learning about how to write a script the Blake Snyder way with me. Stay tuned for more blogging of my preparation for Script Frenzy, coming soon to a monitor near you!

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