Video: Did “Save the Cat” REALLY Ruin Hollywood?


More than one person took issue with my previous video on Save the Cat and story structure. I wanted to revisit the subject in a little more detail and respond to some of the criticism, while making some other points about Hollywood, creativity, and art vs. commerce.

Chris is an author, cartoonist, personal trainer, and nonprofit fundraiser. His work has appeared at The Nib, Salon, the Huffington Post, Upworthy, and Chris lives in Queens with his cat and spends a lot of time running the streets of New York City.


  1. I liked your analogy about the cake. I’ve read Save the Cat but I don’t use a strict formula in my writing although I could see where it might be useful for new writers just starting out. As you said, you need the fundamentals before you do variations. Great video!

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