Movie Beatdown - Save the Cat Fan Podcast
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A weekly movie analysis and discussion show where film-structure fans James Kennison, John Steinklauber, Paul Godbout and Christian Suddreth look past the actors and special effects to the story itself, identifying the 15 Beats of Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat in their favorite films.
||Clean13 – Toy Story||We’re identifying the beats in Pixar’s 1995 hit, Toy Story! This movie turned out to be a lot more challenging than we first thought. Be amazed as James goes full-on Buzz Lightyear fanboy. Patrons make sure to get your bonus audio content as we dis||7/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12 – Jurassic Park||We’re identifying the beats in 1993’s Jurassic Park. Is Hammond the real protagonist or is he a little flannelgraph god? Is the truck in the tree scene symbolic of how nature can’t be controlled? Tune in! We also announce the winners of our Save||7/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 – Ghostbusters||James and Paul return, identifying the beats in 1984’s Ghostbusters. How can a movie that misses so many beats be such a success? Would it be if released today? Enjoy the discussion! Listen for your chance to win a copy of Blake Snyder’s book,||7/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 – Can’t Hardly Wait||We’re giving the Save The Cat treatment to 1998’s “Can’t Hardly Wait”. This one was a lot of fun… and a lot to learn. Bonus audio for Patreon Supporters here. Can’t Hardly Wait – Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates||2/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09 – Guardians of the Galaxy||James, John, Paulie and Christian beat out Guardians of the Galaxy according to the 15 beats taught by Blake Snyder in his book Save the Cat and Save the Cat Strikes Back. Guardians of the Galaxy – A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to wor||1/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08 – The Princess Bride||James, John, Paulie and Christian are joined by Stephen Schleicher of MajorSpoilers.com as we beat out The Princess Bride. The Princess Bride – A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes,||11/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07 – V for Vendetta||Remember, remember the 7th of November. Okay so we missed it by a day (it was recorded on the 6th). This episode we’re arguing about themes, how many protagonists, and story lines there are. All in good fun.||11/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06 – World War Z||It’s October and we wanted to review a screenwriting train wreck… so with at least 4 screenwriting credits listed in IMDB we chose a film so bad it’s scary. United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the||10/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05 – ParaNorman||This week we’re identifying the 15 beats of ParaNorman according to Blake Snyder’s, Save The Cat. A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. – IMDB With James, John, Paulie, and Christi||10/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04 – LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring||This week we’re identifying the 15 beats of Lord of the Ring: The Fellowship of the Ring with Blake Snyder’s, Save The Cat. A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord||9/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03 – Die Hard||This week we’re identifying the 15 beats of Die Hard with Blake Snyder’s, Save The Cat. NYPD cop John McClane’s plan to reconcile with his estranged wife, Holly, is thrown for a serious loop when minutes after he arrives at her office,||9/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02 – Back to the Future||This week we’re identifying the beats of Back to the Future with Blake Snyder’s, Save The Cat. A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown,||8/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01 – Star Wars IV||This week we’re identifying the beats of Star Wars IV: A New Hope with Blake Snyder’s, Save The Cat. Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire’s world-destroying b||8/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Engaging and fun!
It's cool to look at movies I've seen before in a new light.
Watch it again— for the first time!
This podcast is great for any film fan or aspiring storyteller who wants to learn more about what makes for good stories.
I like how the hosts discuss the parts of the movie and expect to get it wrong sometimes. It makes the show relatable...like I could find the beat :-)
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