What a Great Logline Looks Like: May 2017 Edition

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

THE WINNER

Our winner is Erik V Wolter & Steve Shear with their logline for THE TRIALS OF ADRIAN WHEELER, a drama:

After losing his arm and brother in Iraq, a kindhearted Marine battling PTSD and the wrath of his bully father stands trial for the murder of Iraqi women and children in a bloodbath he can’t remember.

This logline packs in a ton of story, and it feels both intriguing and timely. It’s easy to see how audiences would be pulled in by this mystery.

About Erik (IMDb – www.loyaltyontrial.com – www.breakthestagethemovie.com) and Steve (steveshear.net  Facebook)

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 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 Trials of Adrian Wheeler is Steve Shear’s first published novel (L&L Dreamspell, 2011). It was awarded runner-up in the San Francisco Book Festival 2015. Filmed Imagination of Los Angeles and Daniel Dreifuss (producer of the Academy Award nominated film NO) took a film option on The Trials of Adrian Wheeler. Erik and Steve have collaborated on a sequel to the screenplay.

Steve’s second published novel, The Fountain of Youth, was just released for publication by The Wild Rose Press on May 19 of this year. He and his wife, Susan, also collaborated on The State vs. Max Cooper and The Steele Deal (published by ArtAge Publications), courtroom plays in which the audience serves as the jury. Both are being produced around the country.

THE FINALISTS

First, we have Brian Bennett with his logline for ESCAPE 2120, a sci-fi:

A detached orphan teen escapes to the future in suspended animation, but when he arrives at a natural utopia, he must evade a lynch mob convinced that he’s the prophesied Devil’s Child.

This logline also packs in a lot of story, and the themes feel universally relatable, as they always do in great science fiction.

About Brian (bb@bennettland.com  bennettland.com @bkbennett)

Brian Bennett is a science fiction writer with roots in the online serialized fiction arena. His passion is creating stories that thrust ordinary, modern-day citizens into fantastic scenarios through elements of science fiction. After publishing five sci-fi novels, he turned to his lifelong love of film to undertake his first screenplay with the feature-length adaption of his most popular work.  He plans to adapt his other novels, and he is currently developing concepts for other original screenplays. When Brian is not at a computer keyboard or tinkering in his workshop, he enjoys a hectic lifestyle with his wife and active teenage children.

Next, we have Charles Bensinger with his logline for RADICAL OPTION, a sci-fi:

“Anticipating the collapse of global agriculture, a fearless biologist spearheading a radical human photosynthesis project finds herself targeted for elimination by ruthless corporate power-brokers intent on seizing control of the breakthrough secrets.”

We like how original the subject matter of this sci-fi is. It would be quite interesting to see this unique thought brought to the screen.

About Charles (newworld@cybermesa.com  peopleofthechange.com Facebook)

Charles Bensinger is an educator and storyteller who expresses his transformative visions for a better world through photography and video, curriculum design, fiction and non-fiction books, and high-action screenplays. His subjects of interest include science and technology, mythology, popular culture, climate change, politics, and most recently – practical alternatives to global apocalypse. Charles has recently published his far-sighted People of the Change Trilogy, (also adapted to screenplay format). He lives a short walk from Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The June 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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