Submit a Logline to LA Screenwriter
Script Pipeline is now one of sponsors for the LA Screenwriter Logline Competition, a monthly contest offering logline review to all entrants. Below are some logline tips from LA Screenwriter founder Angela Bourassa. . . .
The Six Cs of a Professional Logline
When you think you’ve written a logline that is worthy of your script, judge it against the six Cs of professional loglines:
Clear – simple to read, easily understood, and grammatically correct. One of the hardest parts of making your logline clear is figuring out how to distill complicated characters and their complicated problems down into one sentence. The key is getting down to the essence of your idea and leaving out the fluff.
Creative – it feels unique OR like a fresh take on a common story. In a perfect world, your idea will feel original AND familiar -- the kind of idea that makes people say, “I can’t believe no one has made this yet.”
Complete – it gets across all of the most important elements of the idea. A character and a crisis alone do not a movie make. Your logline should include a description of your main character, the world, the problem, and the stakes.
Concise – high concept and to the point. Ideally, your logline should describe a high concept idea, range from 30-40 words, and only be one sentence.
Compelling – attention-grabbing and full of emotionally charged language. Your logline should utilize words that elicit strong emotional reactions in your reader. What words will convey your script’s tone? What words will draw readers in?
Commercial – likely to draw the attention of producers, agents, or managers. Unless you’re making a film purely as an art piece, you’re hoping that people will pay money to watch it. That means it’s commercial, so it better appeal to wide audiences.
Once you believe your logline has the six Cs, take it for a test drive with the LA Screenwriter Logline Competition, a new monthly logline contest sponsored by Script Pipeline.