An arrogant tattoo artist sets off on a cross country journey to track his missing girlfriend only to unravel memories he is refusing to acknowledge.

    Logliner Posted on December 17, 2019 in Coming of Age.
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      Why is the fact he’s a tattoo artist relevant to the story? I’m not suggesting you change it, but we need to understand why that is the part of his existence you chose to represent him in a logline.

      What are the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of his girlfriend? Did she just leave him or was she kidnapped? Her disappearance is the inciting incident so I think it would be worth unpacking this and giving us a little more info. As it’s a “coming of age” film, I’m assuming she wasn’t kidnapped BUT it’s never a good idea to let your reader assume something. It’s always better to make sure the version of the story imagined in the reader’s head is as close to the story you want to tell.

      His goal “to track his missing girlfriend” – what will he do when he finds her. What’s his ultimate goal? To save her? To get back together. This is tied in with the inciting incident. Unpack the I.I. and tell us what his aim is once he’s found her.

      “only to unravel memories he is refusing to acknowledge” – I’m not entirely sure I understand what this means. It seems to be something that happens entirely inside his head so what will this look like on screen? How does it affect his goal? If you want his journey to be one of self-discovery and learning from the past, you need to include physical objects that we can see on screen that are from his past. Does he stay with old friends en route and they discuss his past?

      His internal arc needs to be represented visually on screen. This is usually done by connecting the internal and external arc so that finding an objective goal results in him resolving his internal one.

      What happens if he doesn’t track her down? We need to understand what happens if he fails as then we’ll understand why it’s important for him to start this quest to begin with. Why MUST he find her again?

      I love a good coming of age film and I think the idea of a solo trip across the states, revisiting things that help him learn who he is and why he is, is an interesting one. I think this one just needs a few more details and more visual things so I can picture the whole story in my head. I look forward to seeing where this goes.

      Singularity Answered on December 17, 2019.

      You are right. I guess I need to start by answering what happens if he doesn’t track his girlfriend down or why its so important for him.

      Thanks!

      on December 18, 2019.

      No problem. Happy to help :-).

      Don’t get disheartened either. Loglines are waaaaaay harder than people ever give them credit for but stick with them and you’ll realise how incredible valuable they can be.

      on December 18, 2019.
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        As mikepedley85 said.

        I think the protagonist being a tattoo artist is interesting, would add color and perchance complications to the script.

        But I’m not sure that description belongs in a logline.  Every word in a logline should serve the plot, the protagonist’s objective goal.  Any defining characteristic of the protagonist in a logline should be relevant to the objective goal.  Either it should  pose a problem to the character getting what he wants (aka: a character flaw) or it should be a special skill or ability that he must have to achieve the goal.

        How will knowing how to lay down ink on skin help him find his missing girlfriend?  For that matter, how will his arrogance pose a problem to his finding her?

        >>>.only to unravel memories he is refusing to acknowledge.

        A logline is about what a protagonist intentionally and proactively seeks, what he desperately wants,  not about what he unintentionally discovers or is reacting against, trying to avoid, like unpleasant memories.

        fwiw

        Singularity Answered on December 18, 2019.

        I agree re: the tattoo artist. I want that to come into play within the story. Maybe his journey back through his past is triggered by his tattoos? Or tattoos he’s done for others? Drawing inspiration from Memento.

        on December 18, 2019.

        I added his profession and his main quality to let others know what kind of a character the protagonist is. I don’t yet know or have my doubts if those qualities are relevant to the story in any way.

        on December 18, 2019.

        If you’re unsure then I would say hold off on doing a logline until you’ve figured out all the key elements in your story – otherwise you’ll just get people like us asking questions hahaha.

        A protagonist’s profession is often more carefully thought about than you realise. Neo in the Matrix for example… computer programmer by day, hacker by night. To put it another way, slave to the machines with his day job but fighting against the establishment by night. Kinda makes sense that he’s “the one”, doesn’t it?

        on December 18, 2019.

        Your Matrix reference really puts things in perspective. I know I need to figure out a way to tie his profession into the story somehow.

        on December 18, 2019.
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          emvshah:

          I suggest one way of connecting his tattoo skill to her is that he developed a relationship with her while giving her a tattoo, the best he’s ever done so far. A love story ensues.  And then she mysteriously disappears.  (And the tattoo is unusual, metaphorically significant .)

          Another question: you tag the  story as a coming of age.  How old is he?  What concerns me that he could certainly have the raw talent for ink, but doesn’t it takes years to develop the skill, acquire the experience, build a reputation?

          Singularity Answered on December 18, 2019.

          Dpg. Your tattoo story is very interesting. The protagonist isin his early to mid 20s. So maybe he has been in this business for a few years now.

          on December 19, 2019.
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            I feel like the tatto artist could play a role much like the TV show Blindspot. Maybe his partner is dead and the only clues are tattoos he did but doesn’t remember doing.

            What if murders were happening and the killer was leaving a calling card? A tattoo on his victims that this person is known for doing, and he has to unravel the mystery behind his own design inspirations to unravel the true nature of this killer.

            Basically like others have said why does this person need to be a tattoo artist

            Mentor Answered on December 19, 2019.
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              For me – the profession is neither here nor there– the issue is in the vagueness of the complication — “…only to unravel memories he is refusing to acknowledge…”. Without this being specified I don’t really know what this is about (the core function of a logline…) other than a dude (and an arrogant one at that…) trying to track down his (current?) girlfriend… which is kinda ‘blerrr’. Definitely has potential if you can give us more of what the complication is… or put another way — at the moment there is no “Why..?”

               

              Best of luck with it 🙂

              Samurai Answered on December 22, 2019.
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