What a Great Logline Looks Like: May 2016 Edition

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

THE WINNER

Our winner is D.K. Johnston with his logline for A CAUSE FOR DIVORCE, a comedy:

“A recently retired couple struggling to transition to a less frantic pace of life decide to fake their own divorce to trick their self-involved children into coming home to Alaska for the holidays.”

This idea is incredibly high concept and original. It’s so easy to imagine all the things that could go wrong with this plan — so many opportunities for great comedy! Who wouldn’t go see this during the holidays??

About D.K. (dk.trisevenpictures@gmail.com www.trisevenpictures.com – @dkjohnston  Facebook)

D.K. has been working in film & television production for over ten years. He began his career in broadcast journalism for the local NBC affiliate in Anchroage, Alaska. He helped produce a number of narrative short films, sports videos, and commercials before graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a BA in Tele-Communications. He then relocated to Los Angeles to continue his education. After graduating from the New York Film Academy’s MFA program, he and his wife Katie returned to Alaska where D.K. worked full time as an Assistant Director and Production Manager for feature films and commercial productions while continuing to write, direct, and produce short films in Alaska, one of which was “Cause for Divorce” written by D.K. and his wife Katie. After its completion the two decided to also write the feature length version of the film, for which the current logline was created. Now living in Denver, D.K. continues to work as an Assistant Director, writer, and producer, and is looking to produce the “Cause for Divorce” feature here in the near future.

THE FINALISTS

First, we have Douglas Fisher with his logline for MAGNITUDE, a thriller:

An impulsive female agent for the EPA’s criminal division must hunt down a disgruntled seismologist who plans to trigger a massive earthquake along the east coast after discovering a hidden fault.

This logline is very well-written and presents new and unexpected characters for a disaster movie. Making it a thriller rather than an action/adventure helps this idea feel fresh and exciting.

About Douglas (innerblitz@gmail.com  @dougfisher4)

Douglas Fisher has been living in NYC for the past 19 years. He is currently an Associate Creative Director for a technology consulting firm. Douglas spends his days designing visually, so thinking about the structure and elements of a screenplay provides a refreshing balance and a different type of challenge in terms of creating. Watching movies has become not just a form of entertainment, but a course of study. Keeping track of where act breaks and plot points occur has become habit. Some of Douglas’s favorite movies include Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Poltergeist, Die Hard, Goodfellas, Seven, Boogie Nights, The Usual Suspects, Zodiac and True Romance.

Next, we have Brent Beath with his logline for DOWN AND OUT IN PEORIA, a dramedy:

“Having crashed and burned as an adult, a former teen star returns to his backwoods hometown to find the one person he thinks will still love him — his old stalker.”

I feel like I know this character so well from this logline, and he would be fascinating and sad and hysterical to watch. This feels like a stand-out indie dramedy just waiting to be made.

About Brent (bbeath@gmail.com)

Brent Beath has worked in all areas of TV and film, from post and VFX to development and production. Since moving to the writing side, he’s been script coordinator on several network dramas. In addition to his film and television writing, he has directed plays and short films.  He continues fixing a string of old cars, promising his wife they’ll be collectible some day, and lives with her and their dog in Los Angeles.

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

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