If you’re wondering how to write a logline for a screenplay, you’re not alone. Having an awesome logline is one of the most important factors in promoting your screenplay. It can get the attention of film producers and industry executives. And once your film is produced, the logline can be used as a starting point for marketing the movie.
Let’s face it. Writing a logline sucks. You’re tasked with distilling an intricate, character-driven plot into one sentence. And how is this even possible… Especially when every aspect of your story is important?
How To Write A Logline
The fastest way to write a logline is by not writing a logline. When your screenplay reaches the point when it’s ready to be read, your next step is to pay a few bucks to find a reader and get screenplay coverage. You can often find people who will read your screenplay on Los Angeles Craig’s List, our friends at WeScreenplay, and even Fiverr. The coverage report will usually include a review of your script, a short synopsis, and a rough logline.
Consider getting at least three different people to give you coverage. Not only will this help you refine your logline, but the reports will also help you spot holes in your story. For example, if multiple people read your script and have no idea what it’s about, then you need to go back and reevaluate your screenplay.
Once you’ve addressed the rough areas in your story, compare the loglines from the coverage reports. Take what works to create your own version. It’s best to keep things simple. How simple? Some copywriters recommend that promotional material needs to communicate at an elementary school reading level. (Let that sink in.)
Here’s a famous logline: “A teenager goes back in time to save his parent’s marriage.” I’m assuming you instantly know this movie without naming it. And I’m also assuming you’re serious about screenwriting. So building off this info on how to write a logline, make sure to check out this screenwriting class.