A medical engineer struggles to return to earth after debris crashes into the space shuttle, leaving her drifting alone in space. GRAVITY

dpg Singularity Asked on November 9, 2015 in Examples.


The IMDB summary/logline is : A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit. (22 words, 136 characters).  Short enough, but the IMDB entry targets a different market, movie viewers rather than movie makers (producers, directors, actors, agents)  And what movie makers want to know differs from that of a viewing audience. (For example, what actors and their agents want to know  first and foremost is if there is a leading role they might want to consider.)

Even though the IMDB entry indicates it’s a dual protagonist film, when I consider the factors of screen time and role prominence it seems to me the plot clearly belongs to one character, the female medical engineer.  Hence, for the purposes of  a logline, I would consider her to be the protagonist.

on November 9, 2015.
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The elegance of the concept can be seen in the brevity of it’s logline, though I can’t say I found this to be an incredible story. It was an incredibly well made film with a strong high concept at it’s base, one that stands as a shining example of technology used to enhance story telling. However, in it’s most basic form, it’s a simplistic survival story with a marginal inner journey.

I digress!

I would switch the order around in the logline to reflect the plot more accurately:
” After debris crashes into her space shuttle and leaves her drifting alone in space, a medical engineer struggles to return to earth.”

Nir Shelter Singularity Reviewed on November 9, 2015.

Definitely a good example of a high concept, one that a reader can immediately grasp and that invokes visuals of the struggle.

I like your polish.  I framed mine to place her dramatic problem 1st — which I take to be the story hook — the cause 2nd.  Whatever.

And, yeah, a marginal inner journey.  Frankly, it seemed contrived to me, inserted into the script because, well, that’s the way a story is supposed to be constructed.

One man’s opinion.

on November 10, 2015.
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