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Friday, June 26, 2009

The Almighty Logline

From my little foxhole here I can view the carnage as hopeful screenwriters get blasted to pieces by the industry's bristling defenses. And what's causing the most casualties right now? The logline. Or rather misunderstanding of the logline.

Beginners have a hard time understanding just how huge the logline is. Most of them can't even understand WHAT a logline really is. A logline is very simply, your story distilled into one or two sentences. We'll get into WHY the logline is so important later on but for now just believe that it is vital to your screenwriting career. I've had my representation for now almost two years and now it is a an ingrained habit, before I start a new project I come up with a logline and run it by the managers. If it doesn't get them excited, then it's unlikely that the full script will change their minds. This past summer judging scripts for PAGE Awards, has really driven for me just how important the logline is. Usually the better scripts had the better loglines. The good loglines were the mark of somebody who just got "it." The people who struggled with the logline usually struggled with other aspects of screenwriting and storytelling.

Respect the logline. Or Hollywood's defensive works will reduce you to a pile of goo!

1 comment:

  1. great post. saw you linked from UNK's twitter feed and couldn't resist. looking forward to reading more from your blog in the future.

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