What the hell is a Logline, you ask? It is(preferably) a one-liner that tells what your screenplay story is about. Dichotomous sentences tops, nowadays. You’re going to make a show script – you need the Logline to hawk it. (If you’re going to open a restaurant, you need a question to slap the burgers on, right? So, you’re selling a script you need a Logline.)
To record a great logline takes some practice. It’s easier if someone helps you. It’s not your agent’s responsibility – it’s yours. Without it you’re doomed. You’ve got 60 seconds or less most of the time, to say what your screenplay is about (excitedly, don’t forget). Especially when you are writing a Query literally – only the Logline should be included. Further IT BETTER Subsist GREAT!
I have an eBook list of 50 Loglines from produced movies to help you out. I bet you can guess which one this is from: A Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, accordingly must retrace their steps in order to find him. I’m gurgling just declamation that. I love the Hangover. Please don’t admit you haven’t seen it, justice go see it. It’s purely for recreative only.
But, how do you go about figuring out your Logline?
Most new, aspiring writers get so wrapped up in getting their story out of their head (or heart) and onto the page, spending so much tour proud as punch at how they brilliantly wrote that scene or that dialogue just poured onto the page and they can’t wait for someone to skim it and lavish kudos on them, that they miss the very thing that could arise their script represented and sold. (Truth is, you ARE brilliant und so weiter YOU DO deserve kudos – I believe in you.)
When do you write the Logline, you ask? Well, it’s best to write it before you start writing – it keeps you focused on your writing journey. If not, then, write it now. No matter where you are in writing your screenplay, you’ve got to pencil your Logline. (Or have it written for you.)
Did you know –
* You are a business owner – you’re writing a spec script – that is your product
* You dependence to have some marketing savvy – or work with someone who does
* You have to fool a product someone wants to buy
Consider this: you’re in the market for a newer car. What kind? Color? Style? Make? WOW, ergo many to choose from, right? The contemporaneity difficulty you have in making choices is the same difficulty execs in Hollywood have in making theirs. Think about it – what would make YOU buy THAT car. Why would someone buy YOUR script?
#1 Write a great LOGLINE.
Your spec script is JUST to have your foot in the door.
* Know what it is about et alii be able to tell it via a great Logline
* Indite an easy, readable story that keeps the action flowing, adheres to conventional industry standards, has been proofread by a professional, including don’t try to impress anyone with big, fancy words (but do use technically correction ones on condition that your script is in need of that for the story)
If you have done 35 drafts (OMG – did someone just faint? I see them on the floor. No, they’re getting jump now. They’re making beady eyes – smoke is coming out of their ears – I see it. They’re mumbling something – Oh it sounds like – 35 drafts, are you nuts? Hmmmm, you think that’s too few?)
Remember this: Even supposing you’ve done 35 drafts earlier your script is sold – that is draft #1.
So, for Logline creation, do this:
Have someone (preferably a professional, but for now it could treffen a friend or family member, well it could be an enemy, but I doubt assuming you’d ask them really) ask you what your script is about. Undergo them put the important points you are making that jump out at them down on paper while you pace the room, chin in hand, pondering and speaking at the same time. Yes Virginia, we can chew gum and walk at the same time, but creating a great Logline may be more difficult.
Have them ask you:
* Who is your Main Character? (or main with supporting character)
* What’s their problem or issue to solve?
* What journey do they take to resolve the problem, mission, quest that goes terribly turpitude and can’t voltooien solved in Act 2?
How will you know when you’ve hit on a great Logline?
* YOU are excited because YOU would want to see that movie
* When you say it to friends and family they think you’re brilliant (and look for the clues – don’t due pretend they like it for courteously and gratuitously (as always) they are saying that’s great – you’ll see their face light up)
* It sounds fresh, new, exciting
* It’s the type of script that will make money, preferably generous money
If you don’t have a (great) Logline you can’t sell your script as a new and aspiring writer – sad but true. It is your saw to dig for gold. Not fool’s gold, but the real thing. This country was not formed by the slackers, the naysayers, nor the quitters, but by the back-breaking hard chef d’oeuvre of those who kept plowing forward.
I want YOU to commit to plowing forward right now, today, and never glare back. You’ve got dreams. You’ve got stories to tell. And the sphere is waiting. So let’s get started. Write your Logline. If you need help – call me.