What You'll Learn

Learn the key elements and purpose of each of Blake Snyder's 15 story beats, as illustrated by 2 acclaimed films and 1 smash-hit TV series:

  • the international hit KNIVES OUT 
  • the award-winning JOJO RABBIT
  • the first season of THE MANDALORIAN


In 15 short videos, one for each story beat, you'll see how the writers structured their very different stories in a very similar fashion.

This Course Includes

  • 15 videos—one for each of Blake Snyder's 15 story beats
  • a downloadable PDF of the Crash Course's Essential Vocabulary, including Promise of the Premise, Stasis = Death, the Moment of Clarity, and much more
  • a free preview of Beat 1: OPENING IMAGE


Course Curriculum

  • 2

    CRASH COURSE ESSENTIALS

    • Save the Cat! Crash Course Essential Vocabulary

  • 3

    Beat 2: THEME STATED

    • See the key elements of the Theme Stated Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 4

    Beat 3: SET-UP

    • See the key elements of the Set-Up Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 5

    Beat 4: CATALYST

    • See the key elements of the Catalyst Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 6

    Beat 5: DEBATE

    • See the key elements of the Debate Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 7

    Beat 6: BREAK INTO TWO

    • See the key elements of the Break into Two Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 8

    Beat 7: B STORY

    • See the key elements of the B Story Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 9

    Beat 8: FUN AND GAMES

    • See the key elements of the Fun and Games Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 10

    Beat 9: MIDPOINT

    • See the key elements of the Midpoint Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 11

    Beat 10: BAD GUYS CLOSE IN

    • See the key elements of the Bad Guys Close In Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 12

    Beat 11: ALL IS LOST

    • See the key elements of the All Is Lost Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 13

    Beat 12: DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

    • See the key elements of the Dark Night of the Soul Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 14

    Beat 13: BREAK INTO THREE

    • See the key elements of the Break into Three Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 15

    Beat 14: FINALE

    • See the key elements of the Finale Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

  • 16

    Beat 15: FINAL IMAGE

    • See the key elements of the Final Image Beat in KNIVES OUT, JOJO RABBIT, and the first season of THE MANDALORIAN

Instructor(s)

Cory Milles

Cory Milles writes Young Adult novels that seek to capture the power of story to transform his readers. When he’s not writing, teaching, or listening to his collection of movie scores, he can usually be found reading more on the craft of writing or analyzing story beats in films, TV shows, or video games. He is an editor of Save the Cat!® Goes to the Indies and the author of New Miller's Grove, Legacy, Paradox, Redemption and The Reboot. One of his passions is helping writers tell the story they were born to tell. If you're interested in developing your story, he'd love to schedule a consultation with you!