What a Great Logline Looks Like: July Edition

The July Logline Competition results are in. Check out these great examples of how to write a logline:

THE WINNER

This month’s winner was Chris Michael Burns with his logline for THE FRIGHT HOUSE, a comedy/horror:

“When the President, a bloodsucking robot, malfunctions and goes on a killing spree, a gang of intrepid teenage history nerds touring the White House must reprogram or destroy him.”

We love how playful and unique this idea is. It’s so easy to picture, and you just know it would be crazy entertaining.

About Chris (@toemichaelburns – chrismichaelburns@gmail.com)

Chris Michael Burns is a cinephile, playwright, and screenwriter based in Toronto. His mind thinks in plot points and he begins every project with a title. His favorite film is Shock Treatment, and he is a student of the art of satire.

THE FINALISTS

First up, we have Dawn Howard with her logline for BABA YAGA, a feature length fairy tale:

When her father sets sail, a precocious girl is sold by her stepmother to a legendary cannibal witch, but the girl finds strength in her mother’s deathbed gift, an enchanted doll.

This feels like a fairy tale on par with Cinderella or Snow White, but with a dark edge. We love how this world feels frightening and fanciful at the same time.

About Dawn (@realdawnhoward – DawnHoward.com)

Dawn Howard is a filmmaker who splits her time between a home in Los Angeles and an organic farm near Cleveland. Her novel The Mend is a best seller for Howard-Hirsch Publishing.

Next, we have Aki Parhamaa with his logline for INTERSECTION, a thriller:

A charming ex-criminal gets into a car crash and wakes up bloodied and bruised, prisoner in the house of a wrathful police woman whose son was killed in the wreck.

Simple, low-budget, character-driven, and super compelling. We’re so curious to learn more about these characters and what they will do to each other.

About Aki (@WriterAki – aki.parhamaa@elisanet.fi)

Aki Parhamaa has studied and been a screenwriter for five years. He studied screenwriting in Oxford, England. His current focus is on feature length thrillers.

We’re taking a few months off from the competition, but don’t worry! We’ll be back in late September for the October Logline Competition. In the meantime, happy writing!

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