I pulled this from the Save the Cat! Strikes back Greenlight checklist:
► Is this the best title to tell us what this story is visually and emotionally? Does it “say what it is”?
► Can you pitch this in a minute?
► Is what you pitch being delivered in the script?
► Does it grab the audience and keep them wanting more?
► Can you easily tell your story through its key beats?
► Does the tone tell us what kind of story this is without giving away too much?
► Does the Opening Image put us in the right mood for the type of movie it is?
► Do we get a clear picture that this Opening Image is the “before” shot?
► Is there a thematic premise being raised?
► Do we know what this story will be about on the inside?
► Is it primal for all audiences?
► Do we know who the hero of the story is?
► Is this hero as far back as possible when we first meet him/her?
► Is the hero and his/her world rife with problems? What are they and are they clear?
► Is something done to our hero?
► Does it force our hero into action?
► Is it believable?
► Is there a valid argument for the hero?
► Is it the hero who has the debate?
► Does it give us insight into the hero's emotions?
Break Into Two
► Is it a clear act break that tells us our hero is moving into a new world?
► Did the hero make a proactive choice to move into Act Two?
► Does the hero have a clear goal as he/she enters Act Two?
► Who or what is the B Story?
► Does the B Story have a spiritual lesson to teach the hero?
► Does it provide a needed breakaway from the A Story?
Fun & Games
► Does it show the promise of the premise?
► Do we have enough set pieces?
► Is there a touchstone scene that defines what this movie is all about?
► Is there a clear false victory or false defeat?
► Are the stakes raised? Is there a time clock?
► Is there a public outing or a party that exposes our hero and forces him/her to declare his/her new way of being?
Bad Guys Close In
► Does the quest become harder for the hero?
► Are there enough external and internal forces attacking the hero? What is the awful truth the hero cannot admit?
► Do we see the hero being stripped of his/her comfort zone one piece at a time?
All Is Lost
► Is there a whiff of death, physically or emotionally?
► Does it feel like the hero's lowest point?
► Is the All Is Lost as devastating a blow to the hero as we can make it? And what is his shard of glass?
Dark Night of the Soul
► Does the hero confess his/her flaw, secret, or ugly truth, and have a moment of clarity? ► Does the B Story prompt our hero into Act 3?
► Is the Theme Stated re-enunciated at this point?
Break into Three
► Is it a clear act break?
► Does the hero move the story through the act break?
► Does our hero have a new goal?
► Is there a storming of the castle which our hero leads?
► Is the Act 3 world the synthesis of Act 1 and Act 2 worlds?
► Is the B Story clearly resolved?
► Is it the opposite of the Opening Image?
► Do we get a real sense of transformation for our hero?
► Is this the right way to end the story?
Raising the Bar:
► Does every scene move the plot forward through conflict and emotional shifts?
► Do all the minor characters play a key role in our hero's growth, and do they change and learn a lesson as well?
► Is there any line, scene, or character that is cliché, and is there any place where we can push what is expected?
► What is new about this movie and, given its genre, does it move the art forward?
► Who is this movie for and does the script do anything that veers from that target audience?
Snyder, Blake (2009-11-23). Save the Cat!® Strikes Back (Kindle Locations 2205-2228). Save the Cat! Press.