How To Write A Logline

Posted: August 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

Another good one from THE SCRIPT LAB!

How To Write A Logline

Just before elections, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer fabricate a war to cover up a presidential sex scandal. – Wag the Dog (19 words)

Wow! Now that’s a logline, and when it comes to getting someone who matters to read your script, the logline is GOD.

It’s the single most important sentence you’ll write, that – if done properly – can be the difference between your script getting sold or tossed in the trash.

When an asteroid is headed for Earth, an elite blue-collar deep-core drilling team is sent to nuke the rock and save the world from Armageddon. – Armageddon (25 words)

A dysfunctional family takes a cross-country trip in their VW bus to get their seven-year-old daughter to the finals of a beauty pageant. – Little Miss Sunshine (23 words)

The thing is, in Hollywood, nobody reads. Scripts live and die everyday from “the pitch”.

There’s a big difference between a logline used to explain your story and the one used to “sell” your script.

So you must think of your logline as a “marketing tool” and follow these three fundamental tricks of the logline trade:

(1) Be brief, under 25 words if possible, 

(2) Stay simple, yet incredibly enticing, and 

(3) Be direct, no hinting allowed

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