I wanted to let you know that since STC! was recommended to me some four years ago, I have written 10 screenplays. Blake’s understanding of what makes a good story great as well as his ability to put down in simple language exactly why stories work hit a cord in my brain.
Most importantly, my screenplays have been read by friends, co-workers, and total strangers and they all hold up as being fun, quick, engaging, and… here’s the best part… ORIGINAL. I say this because I’ve heard some criticism of the Cat! as being a “cookie cutter” template to churn out stories while sacrificing originality. I call BS on that.
If you do the work… take the time to apply the basics to your story… look at your big Board and go through hundreds of sticky-notes… YOU will succeed.
I directed one of the screenplays this last summer [Smothered, intentionally cheesy trailer above]. It had a million dollar budget and we shot it in 14 days without going over budget. I take some credit for that but wanted to also thank you guys for helping me to structure stories that can be shot on a budget. The structure offered in STC! also translates to the production schedule. Good stuff.
We are slated to film the second movie in Louisiana in January. Another of mine. This is a dream come true.
Thanks again for opening my eyes to structure that cannot fail. I am a huge STC! fan (not to mention the books that followed… the software… everything)!
Yeah… the actor. The actor who was stuck for 35 years in the realm of bringing other people’s dreams to the screen until I became a Cat! fan