Save the Cat!® 3.0 Story Structure Software Is Released

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Based on Blake Snyder’s best-selling books, Save the Cat!® 3.0 story structure software is advanced and fully loaded creative writing tool for screenwriters, novelists and writers.

Software created based on Blake Snyder’s series of #1 best-selling Save the Cat! books


I’m a big believer in Blake’s approach because everything he teaches was proven true in the years of story work I did.”
-- Dean DeBlois, Writer, "How To Train Your Dragon" and "Lilo and Stitch.

Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC announces the launch of the upgraded Save the Cat!® 3.0 Story Structure Software. Writers of any kind -- regardless of age, professional status or experience -- are guided through the story process with this software fully compatible with Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad versions. The software is based on veteran screenwriter Blake Snyder’s series of #1 best-selling Save the Cat! books including “Save the Cat!® The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need” now in its 24th printing, “Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told” (2007) and “Save the Cat!® Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into and Out Of” (November, 2009) published posthumously. Snyder, who passed away in 2009, was considered one of Hollywood’s most influential experts among studio executives, filmmakers and writers on storytelling.

Save the Cat! 3.0, available for retail price of $99.95 (US), can be downloaded or purchased as a CD-Rom from the Blake Snyder Online Store, The Writers Store, Amazon, the IPhone App Store and other retail outlets. An upgrade from previous software versions is downloadable for $29.95. Special discounts are usually available for Save the Cat! books with software purchase.

An admired working writer who made millions selling 13 spec screenplays and two produced films including "Blank Check" for Disney, Blake Snyder coined the landmark phrase “save the cat” to refer to the obligatory scene where an audience meets the hero who does something nice -- like saving a cat -- that makes him endearing. This ritualistic moment, as the audience literally "steps into the shoes" to follow the hero, is the single most important element in any successful story and found in everything from the Bible to a TV commercial.

Snyder’s earnest advice for fellow writers led to numerous publishing, screenplay sales and sincere testimonials. In fact, the film, "How to Train Your Dragon" was dedicated to Blake who consulted on the screenplay. “I’m a big believer in Blake’s approach because everything he teaches was proven true in the years of story work I did,” says the film’s writer, Dean DeBlois who also wrote "Lilo and Stitch."

Save the Cat! Story Structure Software was conceptualized by Bob McFarlane, who is also a screenwriter and made sure the software is fun while helping writers create meaningful stories – including a powerful logline and title, a genre with recognizable traits, a beat sheet with the critical Blake Snyder 15 key beats necessary for every screenplay or novel and the “Board” with moveable, numbered, color-coded scene cards.

The revised story structure software introduces a redesigned interface to resize and/or hide five different templates: the title, logline, beats, Board and the “litter” box; the Board can be arranged into full-board view making the computer monitor into one giant corkboard. Writers can attach photos, PDFs, sound and music files, videos and historical references – all linkable to characters, locations, or scene cards just by dragging and dropping. A new character section can define characters in detail while horizontal and vertical scrolling makes the writer’s life way easier.

Additionally, Save the Cat! 3.0 screenwriting software scene cards have the ability to export into the industry standard Final Draft® screenplay format and back again for perfectly smooth continuity. An extensive user guide and tutorial are included along with Chapter 3 (“The Transformation Machine”) plus a checkable Green Light Checklist from Blake Snyder’s third book “Save the Cat!® Strikes Back.”

Save the Cat workshops and seminars are held monthly in Los Angeles and in numerous other cities. The Save the Cat! weekly blog is an active community of writers who share secrets and insight. Archives include valuable beat sheets from memorable films like The Hurt Locker, Avatar, Star Wars, Memento, The King's Speech, Tangled, Caddyshack and more.

Save the Cat! 3.0 is available in the US and around the world starting October 28, 2011 and December 2011 for iPhone and iPad.

About Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC :
Founded in 2005, Los Angeles-based Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC has become a million dollar franchise with a focus on the entertainment, educational and writing marketplace. The company, led by Snyder’s longtime business partner B.J. Markel, established a development partnership with Final Draft ™ in 2008 because of Save the Cat’s software ability to import Final Draft’s file format for seamless transition from writing to outlining and/or storyboarding. The McFarlane Group, led by Bob McFarlane, is the company’s partner in software.

Since founder Blake Snyder’s untimely death in 2009, the company continues down the path Markel and Snyder had already established, to date selling over 7,000 units of Save the Cat! Story Structure Software versions 1 and 2, along with thousands of Save the Cat! books. Save the Cat! methodology is the basis of screenwriting classes at universities and high schools in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere. New Save the Cat! platforms, apps and books are expected in the coming years that will provide fresh learning opportunities for the creative community.

Produced by The McFarlane Group, Inc.
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