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Save the Cat!® 3.0 Story Structure Software Is Released

  (November 01, 2011)

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 01, 2011

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 Snyders series of #1 best-selling Save the Cat! books including Save the Cat!® The Last Book on Screenwriting Youll Ever Need now in its 24th printing, Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriters 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 Hollywoods 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.

Snyders 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. Im a big believer in Blakes approach because everything he teaches was proven true in the years of story work I did, says the films 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 writers 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 Snyders 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 Snyders longtime business partner B.J. Markel, established a development partnership with Final Draft in 2008 because of Save the Cats software ability to import Final Drafts file format for seamless transition from writing to outlining and/or storyboarding. The McFarlane Group, led by Bob McFarlane, is the companys partner in software.

Since founder Blake Snyders 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.

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