Posts tagged save the cat

The logline is the awesome trailer that you see in the theater. 'Oh, hell yeah...I'm gonna watch that!'. It's the appetizer. It gets attention. Back in the day, it was a letter. Literally...a letter. I sent a bunch of letters in the past. Like a Civil War soldier in a Ken Burns movie. Now, you can just email stuff and find producer contacts off IMDB. It's not that hard. Just be cool. A lot of the time...might not go forward, but...

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Screenwriting Night School 101: SAVE THE CAT/DOG/KID/WHATEVER

If you have a protagonist, that you want the audience to immediately like...regardless if it's a violent person, or emotionally resistant, or kinda scary-looking...Have him/her be nice to an animal or a child or someone elderly right away. The reader is on-board with whatever happens in the next 90 pages. Or 120 pages, if you don't want to sell it. 

Save the cat, save the dog, save the kid.

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