You might think me odd for referring to loglining as a journey After all, loglines are the shortest thing a scriptwriter can write, except perhaps the title. For those of you who are going huh? A logline is that enticing summary that wraps up the theme or message of a film, or the hero’s journey in one mere sentence, two at most, if you’re unlucky. It is that brief description that allows people to immediately recognize the film if done well.
Here, I’ll give you a few example below. See if you recognize the famous films by there logline:
- The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
- A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
- A Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then must retrace their steps in order to find him.
How did you you go guessing them? Share your ideas below.
In the meantime, I’ve been mulling over how to write the most enticing and suitable logline for my script, which is part way through its first draft. I’ve been attempting to write a good one for the last few days. I’ve shared my sour attempts with friends on facebook and have had their suggestions; which were wonderful. And I’ve been tweaking.
Why start so early I hear you asking? Well because I am absolutely terrible at pitching my ideas in short formats, and if I want even a chance at pitching it to time poor industry movers and shakers then I better have a go to logline ready to fire and dazzle.
Because I’m nervous and thoroughly excited, I’ve begun vetting these bitesize teasers early.
Here’s mine below. What do you think? Share your thoughts