How a Black police officer infiltrated a Ku Klax Klan chapter with a Jewish partner who eventually became its leader.
Does this logline break the iron-clad rule that a logline should never give away how a story ends? Does “…who eventually became its leader” constitute a spoiler?
I would argue that if it does, this is an instance where breaking the iron-clad rule is justified.
The Prime Operative of a logline is to pitch the script, make logline readers want to read it. I submit that this logline fulfills the Prime Operative by pitching not 1, but 3 story hooks. 1] A Black man infiltrated the KKK. 2] With the help of a Jewish partner. 3] And his partner ends up leading the chapter.
It’s a case of the truth being stranger than fiction.
I see the “spoiler” as the 3rd beat topper to the joke the two PO’s played on the KKK.
You raise a good point. I considered presenting it in the present tense. I opted to use the past tense to underscore that the script is based upon events (in the past). To say, “This really happened folks – it’s not fiction.”
If it were a fictional story, then , yes, I would have used the present tense.