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Save the Cat!® Beat Sheet Workshop
March 11 - March 19$395.00
Start with an idea and finish with the 15 beats of your story in this live workshop for writers.
In this live Zoom workshop with 4 sessions over 2 weeks, you’ll learn the essentials of developing a compelling film or novel, along with your pitch—based on the Save the Cat!® methodology.
A MAXIMUM OF 8 STUDENTS MEANS YOU WILL BE GUIDED BY THE INSTRUCTOR STEP-BY-STEP, BEAT-BY-BEAT.
This class is for all storytellers, no matter your medium. The beats will apply whether you write for the screen or the page.
4 Zoom sessions, each 2.5 hours in length:
Saturday, March 11, 2023: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM pacific
Sunday, March 12, 2023: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM pacific
Saturday, March 18, 2023: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM pacific
Sunday, March 19, 2023: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM pacific
Your instructor is Ben Frahm. Ben began his professional career selling the script “Dr. Sensitive” to Universal Studios (with director Tom Shadyac attached) and serving as a story consultant on the critically acclaimed film How to Train Your Dragon for DreamWorks Animation, for which he was given a studio credit. Most recently he optioned a script, “48 Hours in Vegas,” to producer Bobby Cohen at Imagine Entertainment. Ben worked as a story editor and director of development for Blake Snyder and is the founder of the New York City Save the Cat! writing workshops.
Currently teaching at Syracuse University, Ben has developed a class at the Newhouse School called The Writers’ Room, where students write spec screenplays for Hulu, under the development deal of writer, director, and producer Jeremy Garelick at American High. He is also the co-creator of the first ever BIPOC Filmmaking Award at Newhouse and helped cultivate a relationship with the Oscar Micheaux Film Festival in Los Angeles, that honors and celebrates diverse storytelling.
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ABOUT THE BEAT SHEET WORKSHOP
Over the course of 2 weekends, you will:
- Learn the difference between a pitch and a logline, and why you must nail each one.
- Lock down your logline with the Save the Cat! mini-story template to get out of any logline jam.
- Learn the 15 key beats found in any story to make yours resonate with what is “primal.”
- Crack the “Magical Midpoint”—the secret of every story’s power.
- Find out why the Opening Image and the Final Image are your way to “doublecheck the math” of a hero’s transformation.
- Practice your pitch and improve your technique in front of a friendly group of fellow writers eager to help you succeed.
THE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
- Find your story according to Blake’s four elements of every successful logline.
- Learn to “beat out” your story using the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet (the BS2).
- Pitch your pillar beats: Opening Image, Catalyst, Break into 2, Midpoint, Break into 3, Final Image
- Discover the five steps that make a great finale.
- Pitch your story to the class using the 15 key beats every successful story must have.
TESTIMONIALS FOR THE BEAT SHEET WORKSHOP
“If I had to come up with a simple and poignant way to describe it, I’d call it the only workshop that you’ll ever find in Hollywood that encourages your story’s individuality.”
— Ebony Jones in her review on Coverage, Ink. Read Ebony’s entire review here.
“I loved taking the Save the Cat! workshop with Ben in NYC. I was working on my second Lemoncello book at the time and it went on, after great input at the seminar, to become a New York Times best seller. In fact, I use what I learned from Ben and STC! in all the middle grade novels I write…and one, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, even became a movie on Nickelodeon last fall! Thanks, Ben!” — Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times best-selling author
“Whether you’re aspiring to start your first screenplay or you’re an established writer looking to work out some new material, the Save the Cat! workshop offers tools for success. Early in my career, Ben and STC! helped my understanding of story structure, which is information I still use every day on every draft of every script I write.” — Jordan Gershowitz, screenwriter and producer, Warner Bros, Disney, and Nickelodeon (The Good Catholic, Random Tropical Paradise, Total Frat Movie, Temps, and writer for Tom & Jerry TV)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Should you choose to cancel, a full refund will be given if a written cancellation notice sent by the registrant is received by Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC 10 days or more prior to the event.
- Registrants canceling less than 10 days prior to the event will not receive a refund.
- Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC reserves the right to cancel an event at any time for unforeseen circumstances or emergencies and will give as much advance notice as possible. Should that occur, Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC will send the registrant a full refund. If Blake Snyder Enterprises, LLC does cancel, it will not be liable for trip cancellation expenses, such as travel or hotel arrangements.
*A writing team working on a single project will be counted as a single writer at a special fee. If you write with a partner, email BJ Markel for a special price.
If you have any questions about the class, please contact BJ Markel at [email protected].