How To Write A Logline For A Screenplay

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 critical factors in promoting your script. To help you out, we broke the process into some simple steps.

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.

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Writing a Logline

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‚Ķ

Especially when every aspect of your story is important?

The Fastest Way 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.

Getting Screenplay Coverage

Consider getting at least three different people to give you coverage.

This will help you refine your logline, and the reports will help you spot holes in your story.

For example, you must reevaluate your screenplay if multiple people read your script and do not know what it’s about.

Refining Your Logline

Once you’ve addressed the rough areas in your story, compare the loglines from the coverage reports.

Take what works to create your version. It’s best to keep things simple. Focus on the core conflict, the main character, and their goal.

Make it so a fifth-grader can understand.

Famous Logline Example

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.

Writing a logline can be challenging, but it’s crucial for promoting your screenplay. By following the steps outlined in this article and seeking screenplay coverage, you can refine your logline and enhance the overall quality of your script.

Remember to keep your screenplay logline simple, compelling, and reflective of the core elements of your story.

With a strong logline, you’ll increase your chances of capturing the attention of industry professionals and taking your screenplay to the next level.

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ARTICLE BY Jason Brubaker

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