Star Wars Save the Cat beat sheet
Tiny rebel ship verses the might of the gigantic Empire
“Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope”
The situation is dire, a hero is needed before all is lost.
Two droids escape with plans and land on the same planet as Luke, the farmer
Buys two droids which have a hidden message
“You can waste time with your friends once your chores are done”
Obi Wan asks him to learn the ways of the Jedi but he refuses
Break into Two
Mos Eisley Space port. Luke is completely out of his element. Criminals want to fight him and they have to negotiate a deal with a smuggler.
Luke yearns for adventure at the start of the film and meets Han Solo who lives a life of adventure but Luke believe his morals and ethics are corrupt. Han thinks he’s just a farm boy. They don’t respect each other. Ultimately they will earn each other’s respect. Han will display he is a moral character to Luke and Luke will prove he’s not just some stupid farm boy “Great shot kid that was one in a million”
Fun and Games
Escape tattooine, make Hyperspace, begins Jedi training, Alderaan destroyed,
Captured by death star
Bad guys close in
Leia is to be killed, They rescue her and barely escape the pursuit by the storm troopers
All is lost
Ben commits a form of seppuku and allows Vader to strike a fatal blow.
Dark night of the soul
Whilst Luke mourns the death of his mentor he must fight an attack of tie fighters and the Empire is tracking them. “It will be a day long remembered, it has seen the end of Obi Wan, it will soon see the end of the rebellion.”
Break into three
After analyzing the plans they devise an attack which requires a near impossible shot from an x-wing. Ticking clock introduced here in the form of the death star coming into range from behind Planet Yavin
Gathering the team
Pilots board their X wings, Artoo installed on board, Han asked to join but refuses. All fighters call in, Red five standing by.
Dog fights with tie fighters over the death star and attempts at making the shot on the exhaust port. It’s not easy and rebels are killed, Luke is nearly killed twice
High tower surprise
The team leader makes the shot but it just impacts on the surface (No Princess – the symbolic reward) and then he’s killed
Dig down deep
Luke has to step up and be the one who makes the shot. He loses his wingmen and Artto and is the Rebels only hope.
Execution of new plan
Use the force Luke. He’s going to attempt the shot without targeting computers. Han shoots the fighters on Luke’s tail and Luke makes the shot.
Luke has been transformed into the honored hero and the rebellion rejoices