What a Great Logline Looks Like: April 2017 Edition

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

THE WINNER

Our winner is Mitchell Gray with his logline for FULL MOON PARTY, a comedy:

“After his heartbreak goes viral, a neurotic philosophy student travels to Thailand where his cowardly decision to abandon a brilliant new soulmate prompts a mad dash to reunite before she leaves the country.”

This logline packs in so much story using fun, creative language. The tone is clear, as is the commercial potential.

About Mitchell (mgray@wordmerchant.ca)

Mitchell Gray is the founder of Word Merchant Communications, a writing consultancy based in Vancouver, Canada. He recently completed a humorous memoir, My Infinite Lameness, and is polishing his screenplay, Full Moon Party. He has won a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation award for his creative non-fiction and teaches academic and business writing at the University of British Columbia. Mitchell believes that the greatest storytellers have unparalleled insight into the human mind, and he has been studying human consciousness and its wonders and treacheries for more than a decade. His favorite films are simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking. He’s drawn to the unsung heroes struggling their way through the epic challenges of love, friendship, and staying sane.

THE FINALISTS

First, we have Nicole Newby with her logline for THE BOOK GUARDIANS, an hour fantasy pilot:

“After discovering their mother is alive and trapped in a magical library in NYC, two outcast teenagers follow the clues inside a treacherous storybook world to find the power-hungry villain who holds her captive.”

This idea feels incredibly creative. Nicole has created an entire story world that it’s easy to imagine the characters exploring for multiple seasons.

About Nicole (masterquil7@gmail.com  @imaginemagic89 magicinkstudios2016.com)

Nicole Newby currently lives in Virginia and works as a freelance writer. She attended Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, where she earned her Bachelors in English. Nicole attended grad school at Full Sail University, where she trained to become a screenwriter and earned her Masters in Creative Writing. Much of Nicole’s writing career is spent doing freelance gigs. She recently started her own freelance writing service called Magic Ink Studios 2016, where she edits existing screenplays and acts as a ghostwriter for other producers and screenwriters. Her goals are to get a full time job in publishing, get a literary agent, and from there write for the big and small screens, though she prefers to write for television.

Next, we have Linda Hullinger with her logline for HER SOUL INTENTION, a supernatural comedy:

With a borrowed comatose body and the help of a guilt-ridden musician, a mischievous ten-year-old soul is given three days on Earth to prevent her mother from marrying the wrong man.”

Like the others, this logline uses language to great effect, making a somewhat complicated setup feel simple and engaging.

About Linda (lindahullinger67@gmail.com)

Linda Hullinger is an award-winning screenwriter and published author. She’s had short stories, articles, and essays traditionally published in magazines such as Woman’s World, Over My Dead Body, and Night Visions. In 2012, she won two Hallmark writing contests in which her essays were published in their anthology. That same year, she published two middle-grade novels and several short story collections. In March 2017, she won and was also a finalist in the 13Horror.com screenplay contest with two of her short screenplays. Currently, she is completing a horror feature.

The May 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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