Scribe wrote 'Blank Check,' 'Stop! Or My Mom...'

Screenwriter Blake Snyder, author of a popular series of screenwriting guides, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 4. He was 51.

Snyder started writing for kids’ TV and then co-wrote screenplay for “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot” and “Blank Check” before writing “Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need” in 2003.

“Save the Cat!” became a bestseller, and he followed it up with, “Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told,” in 2007. Snyder had just finished his third book, “Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into… And Out Of,” which will be published in late 2009.

His method of breaking down stories was widely referenced by screenwriters, studio execs and producers. Snyder taught screenwriting seminars around the world at schools including UCLA, Vanderbilt, Chapman and the Beijing Film Academy. His books are also used in screenwriting classes.

Born in Evanston, Ill., Snyder was the son of television producer Kenneth C.T. Snyder. He started doing voiceover work at an early age. After graduating from Georgetown U., he began writing for the Disney TV series “Kids Incorporated” before making the transition to feature film.

Snyder is survived by his mother and a sister,

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