When a body washes up on the beach, an anthropologist finds her life on the line to keep a secret that history has long forgotten.

Penpusher Posted on March 18, 2016 in Fantasy.
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Hello, this is more a tag line than an actual logline. A logline doesn’t tease.

Mentor Answered on March 18, 2016.

Logline is supposed to be the pitch phrase and what audiences read to get them to watch the movie, no? I  was always told to tease to gain attention with it. Would you mind telling me why it should not so I might better understand?

And the tagline isn’t what you put on the poster? “She’s keeping history’s secret even if it kills her”?

on March 18, 2016.


true, some apply the word logline to movie guides and there’s nothing wrong with that: movie guides must tease in order to avoid spoiling the movie for the potentials viewers. Moreover, movies in a movie guide… exists ! so the writer doesn’t need to prove that there is enough material to build a story. But here (https://logline.it/howto/) and in all the screenwriting books that I’ve read (Truby, McKee, Snyder, Field, etc) a logline is a tool  to condense a full story in a short sentence. You don’t have to spoil the end of the movie, just giving the main elements. It’s a technique to detect story problems before writing the full script, or to sell a script not to viewers but to movie industry professionals, and they need more than promises and teasing to read the first page of a script (unless the write is well known).
If you have already written the script, I need to know what exacly the movie is about. If you haven’t written the script, YOU need to know exactly what the movie is about – anyway a logline could be the tool to check that.

on March 19, 2016.
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A logline is targeted to movie producers.  Taglines and blurbs are targeted to movie viewers. They are two different market audiences with two different set of interests.

The goal of  tagline or blurb is to induce a viewer to lay down US$10 (and more) and invest 2 hrs of time in the finished film.  And offer an expectation that she will come away with a satisfactory viewing experience.

The goal of a logline is to induce a movie producer to lay down millions of dollars and invest months  of time in making the film.  And offer an expectation that the movie producer will come away with a profit.

In order to reel in a  movie producer, get him to even read the script, you have to bait the hook with a logline that gives him (or her) a clearer indication of what the story is about than is necessary for a movie viewer. So:

Who is the protagonist and what is her character flaw?   Who is the antagonist? (Big, big casting questions.)
What does the protagonist NEED to accomplish — what is her objective goal? (Indicates the genre)
What are the stakes?  What does she stand to gain if she succeeds, stands to lose if she fails? (Is it something that  can engage an  audience’s emotional investment in the protagonist’s struggle? IOW: can this be parlayed into a franchise?)

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Singularity Answered on March 19, 2016.

That does help, thank you 🙂

on March 19, 2016.
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