Sex Magic, witchcraft, pornography charges, tabloid headlines … In 1950s Sydney, Rosaleen Norton was extremely naughty, but did the scandals overshadow an artistic genius?

    Penpusher Posted on August 14, 2019 in Biography.
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      This is more of a tagline than a logline.

      A logline is designed to sum up the story in one sentence in as fewer words as possible – ideally under 35.

      This site not only has a great Formula page that explains all the different elements making up a logline, but now there is also a logline generator (link in the top navigation).

      Whilst what you’ve written paints an interesting picture of this character, a reader of a logline will need to know more specifically what the story is about. The story could be about a 1950s artistic genius, but it could be set in modern day with an enthusiastic reporter uncovering her life’s work and trying to change people’s perceptions of her.

      With that in mind, and having checked out the formula and generator pages, give us a logline that tells us exactly what’s going to happen in the story. Inciting incident, protagonist, and goal (minimum).

      Only other thing worth mentioning is that the usual practice for using names in a logline is not to as it takes up valuable words and adds nothing. Biographies can be an exception but usually only when the person in question is well known enough so that the name carries weight. It might be that Rosaleen Norton is very well known in Australia so by all means leave it in, but if she’s not that well known, consider using those two words to describe her instead so we know more about who she was. This is assuming that she’s the protagonist. I, personally, like the idea of somebody else looking back on her life and trying to prove that she was an artistic genius and change people’s perceptions of her but I have no idea if this is the story you want to tell.

      Hope this helps.

      Summitry Answered on August 14, 2019.

      Thanks for your comment.  The film is a feature length documentary, currently in post-production. So now I need to rewrite all the loglines etc to sell to audiences. At first, focusing on film festival audiences, who want something a bit different.  I’ll have another crack at it in the thread, using the formula. Cheers.

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        A biography that promises sex, witchcraft, and scandal — what’s not to like?  The challenge is that, based upon what I’ve been able to glean from googling, Ms. Norton’s led a chaotic, rambling life. How to bring a semblance of narrative order to so much disorder, wrangle a coherent plot out of so much incoherence?

        Have you decide on a particular plot strategy?  Like focusing on a singular episode that encapsulates who she was, her struggles to practice her beliefs and her art? Or  perhaps build a plot around an important relationship in her life?  Her tragic relationship with Eugene Goossens seems to be an obvious candidate.

        Singularity Answered on August 14, 2019.

        Thanks for your comment.  The film is a feature documentary and it’s hard to fit the log line formula without sounding naff. In the film, I use the media perspective as the narrative order.  How they hit on her, the progression of media attention, how it lead to Goossens’ downfall and how she got back at the medis.  The journalist is the shadow figure. It’s a mythic journey of a young artist becoming ‘a witch’.

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          I would stay away from question marks in the logline.

          As for the rest, does the lead character have a goal? What does the lead character want?

          Singularity Answered on August 14, 2019.
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            girlbad:

            Thanks for the clarification.  So you are making a factual documentary, not a fictionalized dramatization of her life? (Unfortunately, documentary  currently is not in the list of genres)  If so, I suggest framing the narrative  not in terms of “was notorious”  because that’s inert in terms evoking a sense of dramatic conflict and casts her in the role a passive victim of a bad press.

            Well, she was the  victim of bad publicity, but she was not passive.  She was the protagonist of her own life story, and in any documentary or drama, the protagonist is by definition proactive. So she needs to be portrayed as such, as a rebel who defied conventional norms, an outsider who practiced her art (and her beliefs) in spite of the controversies that swirled around her.

            Singularity Answered on August 15, 2019.
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              Artist, witch, media whore… Rosaleen Norton unleashes a sexual revolution at the most conservative time in Australian history.

              Penpusher Answered on August 15, 2019.
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                Genius or crank? Rosaleen Norton shocked 1950s Australia with her kinky sex life and occult paintings, but today her work seems strangely prophetic.

                Penpusher Answered on August 15, 2019.
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                  Sex Magic, witchcraft, obscene art, a famous conductor… In 1950s Sydney, Rosaleen Norton was notorious, but the tabloid scandals overshadowed her artistic genius.

                  Penpusher Answered on August 15, 2019.
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