When a colossal monster attacks New York City, a partygoer and his friends must rescue his girlfriend in the middle of the chaos while documenting the events. — Cloverfield (2008)

    Penpusher Posted on June 10, 2019 in Examples.

    Cloverfield (2008)

    on June 10, 2019.
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      Gemini Silver,

      This is an interesting example to discuss.  At 23 words,  your logline is succinct and does the job of laying out the basic elements of the plot.


      The unique element about the movie is not so much the plot nor the monster. Rather, I’m guessing what sold movie tickets was how the script was shot,  the cinematic technique used  in the filming  It’s all shot from POV of the protagonist’s hand-held video camera. (Like “The Blair Witch Project”, which made a mountain of money for the directors/writers.)

      If this were a logline for an unproduced spec script by an unknown writer without any representation or contacts in the business, I doubt if it would get the script read.  Why?  Principally, IMHO, because the logline has no story hook, nothing  truly unique, nothing that stands out from the glut of monster movies with fair damsels in distress.

      I am inclined to believe that the script got read because the writer had already established himself in the business.  He wrote and sold 15 scripts for TV series over a four year span.(according to IMDB).  He had an agent to field this script. He had contacts and friends in the industry whom he could  — and no doubt did -pitch the story to.   That, IMHO, is how he got the script sold and made.

      Singularity Answered on June 10, 2019.

      This is an example of a logline I’ve always wanted to bring to the table for a long time.

      Even with projects like “The Blair Witch Project”, “Chronicle”, “Paranormal Activity”, and “Searching”, I always wondered how people could write effective loglines for movies with such a unique cinematic technique (found footage) and get their projects off the ground. As someone who is currently writing, this is one topic that should be discussed by anybody who is looking to get their own found footage projects off the ground.

      on June 11, 2019.
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        I agree with dpg, I think your logline works, however, I do wonder if you could add the part where they document the events.

        Singularity Answered on June 10, 2019.
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