What a Great Logline Looks Like: January 2017 Edition

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

THE WINNER

Our winner is Erik V Wolter with his logline for Footsteps of My Father, a war drama:

When a German immigrant faces deportation for alleged Nazi ties during World War II, his combative teenage son takes on the FBI and fights to clear his father’s name.

This idea is certainly timely, and it feels like a new approach to the WWII story. The logline itself is clear and packs in quite a bit of story in minimal space. A truly excellent logline.

About Erik (IMDb – www.loyaltyontrial.com – www.breakthestagethemovie.com)

Erik V Wolter is an author, screenwriter, producer, and founder of EVW Entertainment. Erik’s first movie Break the Stage is scheduled for release early 2017. The movie is Erik’s adaption of his YA novel of the same name. Erik’s first book, Loyalty on Trial: One American’s Battle with the FBI, is a nonfiction historical documentation of how his German American father was prosecuted for imagined disloyalty during WWII. The screenplay adaptation was a Finalist in the historical category of the Page Awards. The screenplay Footsteps of My Father was a finalist in the family drama category of the 2015 Screenplay Festival, a finalist in the 2015 BlueCat Screenplay contest, and is the top uploaded script on the Black List for 2016 in the War genre. Erik’s screenplay adaptation of Steve Shear’s novel, The Trials of Adrian Wheeler, is in development with Filmed Imagination. He is represented by The Barry Perelman Agency.

THE FINALISTS

First, we have Jay Fisher with his logline for THE CANYON, a horror comedy:

A disgraced PTA mom with a penchant for lying must convince her neighbors that body-snatching creatures are replacing everyone in their gated community with murderous doppelgängers.

The character and setting are what make this idea particularly funny and intriguing. There’s plenty of room for farce as well as horror in an idea like this.

About Jay (jay.w.fisher@gmail.com – Instagram – Twitter Facebook Vimeo)

Jay Fisher is an aspiring screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He loves scary movies, Texas barbecue and his dog, Charley.

Next, we have Alan Johnson with his logline for I HATE LEBRON JAMES, a comedy:

A Cavaliers stadium vendor who grew up with LeBron James blames the star for all all of the disappointments in his life and attempts to ruin James by beating him in a game of HORSE during the All-Star Weekend.

A simple concept with unique characters, a clear goal, and plenty of opportunities for humor. It would be very tough to get a movie like this made, but the bold concept will make an excellent sample script.

About Alan (On Comedy Writing Podcast)

Alan Johnson is a writer and comedian in Los Angeles. Alan has written for places like Cracked and Howler Magazine. He also hosts the podcast “On Comedy Writing,” which can be found on iTunes.

The February Logline Competition is now open! We have wonderful prizes from Script Pipeline, Virtual Pitchfest, WeScreenplay, The Hollywood Pitching Bible, and Talentville. Get your loglines in for detailed feedback and a chance at great prizes.

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