What a Great Logline Looks Like: October Edition

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

THE WINNER

Nicola Ralph with her logline for INTO THE UNKNOWN, a sci-fi/horror:

“An interplanetary rescue mission becomes a fight for survival when the stranded crew — morphed by an alien parasite — attack, giving one rescue crew member a murderous idea.”

We love this logline because it’s high concept, contained, and full of potential for all sorts of terrifying scenarios.

About Nicola (@NicolaRalph1 – ralph.nicola@yahoo.co.uk)

Nicola Ralph is a sci-fi/horror writer from the Northeast of England. This year she has been named a Finalist in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest and a Quarter Finalist in the Screen Craft Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest with her script, Into the Unknown.

THE FINALISTS

First up, we have Natalia Lopez-Woodside with her logline for DEAD RINGER, a horror/suspense:

When her troubled, long-lost sister shows up on her doorstep, an increasingly paranoid art therapist becomes convinced her sister’s actually an ancient doppelganger bent on consuming her young daughter.

We love this idea because it is incredibly marketable, low-budget, AND has three female leads. An idea like this would have serious commercial appeal, and the story is super creepy!

About Natalia (@Taliana83 – Facebook)

Natalia Lopez-Woodside is a Toronto-based screenwriter whose scripts usually dwell in the realm of supernatural horror and urban fantasy. She studied TV Writing and Producing at Humber College and is a recent Scriptapalooza semi-finalist. She’s also had a short story published, a 10-minute play produced, and has story-edited on a documentary video.

Next, we have Jennifer Null with her logline for LOVE AND BLOOD IN THE THIRD REICH, a drama:

An idealistic German teen is forced into a Nazi training school, separating him from his audacious Jewish girlfriend until he discovers her years later as a prisoner under his reluctant command at Auschwitz.

Complicated characters and even more complicated relationships. This idea has all the markers of great drama, because it takes these two people to their absolute limits.

About Jennifer (jennifersmu@gmail.com)

Jennifer Null is the winner of an ISA international competition for a scholarship to study screenwriting at the New York Film Academy. She is also the author of Mord am Thereisenstein, a stageplay that was produced in Germany and sold out three seasons. Her short fiction has appeared in the First Lady Murders anthology edited by Nancy Pickard, and she worked for several years as a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News.

Jennifer graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, and with departmental honors from the Texas Christian University creative writing program. She also holds a Juris Doctor from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas.

The November Logline Competition is now open! Get those loglines in for detailed feedback and a chance at great prizes. And Happy Halloween!

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