Just like English has become the international business language, Save the Cat! has become the language of storytelling! When famed screenwriter/producer Blake Snyder suddenly passed away 10 years ago this exact month, the world lost one of its most iconic and cherished writers who created this language of storytelling and whose work spanned from Hollywood to here in the UK and everywhere else.
From working with Steven Spielberg to writing masterpieces like Disney's "Blank Check", no topic or storyline was off limits to Blake when it came to his writing and the advice he gave to other screenwriters to learn from; It was in his own teachings that Blake's words are celebrated today and live on.
His book "Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need" was the number one selling book among screenwriting manuals on Amazon. The book describes in detail the structure of the monomyth or hero's journey, providing a by-the-minute pattern for screenwriting. His other works, "Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told", and third book, "Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into… And Out Of" have left a lasting memory in every writer who has opened the pages.
"Confessions of a Shopaholic" screenwriter Tracey Jackson, whose film grossed over $108 million at the box offices, had this to say about Blake's teachings and books: "There was no one more gifted in the art of story structure than Blake Snyder. He could tell you in two minutes why something didn't work and in another three how to fix it. And unlike many with a great gift, he was not miserly. He felt it was his calling to help others help themselves and took great pride when those he helped found success. He made all those he met feel special and encouraged them all in their dreams."
All this month to mark the 10th anniversary of his passing, the Save The Cat! company has been releasing new products to honor Blake's legacy at www.savethecat.com