Save the Cat!: Why this new screenplay comp deserves to be on your radar
We’re passionate about bringing experiences and opportunities to hopeful filmmakers, and would-be screenwriters can’t do much better than Save the Cat!’s ongoing screenplay challenge. Blake Snyder’s book on the essential tips & tricks you need to write for the screen prides itself on being the only book you need to get your script off the ground, and their current competition is offering even more insight. If you think you might have the next American masterpiece hidden amongst your notes, keep typing, send it in, and you could be in with the chance of gaining some essential networking experience.
One phenomenally lucky Grand Prize winner will win a 3-day trip to LA worth almost $2000, where they’ll have the chance to perfect their pitching skills with industry experts before getting exclusive access to pitch to a real LA production company. Not only does the trip offer insider access and experience, including table reads and a specially designed poster for your project, it could be the start of your Hollywood success story!
All finalists also receive a 12-month subscription to host work on The Black List and INKTIP, plus a poster for your film and access to Save the Cat! 4.0, specialist software that will prove essential for your upcoming screenplays.
Even if you don’t quite make the cut, Save the Cat! is always worth considering. If you’ve got what it takes you could be in with the chance of a lifetime – plus all entrants still receive specialist feedback from their experts. Your script will get 50 points of key analysis plus a review from readers & judges trained in the Save the Cat! methodology.
If you hit the extended deadline on March 15th, you’re getting almost $500 worth of expert feedback for just a $145 entry fee.
Before you start the entry process, don’t forget to tweak your script to perfection with Save the Cat!’s invaluable tricks of the trade. Check out their podcasts for a wealth of insider knowledge, including discussions on story beats, character arcs, and how to write the perfect title.
Don’t sleep on their Beat Sheets either. Here, the masters pick apart classic films and see how they fit within the Save the Cat! format, offering insightful analysis along the way. You can find dissections of iconic masterpieces like Psycho and The Princess Bride, plus recent cult classics like Hereditary and The Haunting of Hill House. Even if you’ve never taken a class on story structure before, their step-by-step studies offer vital and accessible info for amateur scribes.
What are you waiting for? You’re not gonna find a better opportunity for upcoming writers than Save the Cat!, so finish your masterpiece and get your entries in now.