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Topic: Loglines - 3 sentences?
Posted By: BarbaraFL
Subject: Loglines - 3 sentences?
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2006 at 2:43pm
 
Do you think a three-sentence logline is too much? Or should it never be more than two?



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Posted By: ABEAR111
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2006 at 3:12pm
I've always heard the shorter the better - one sentence if possible - even a word if it's intriguing enough.


Posted By: gmercer
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2006 at 3:38pm
The shorter the better is best but 3 sentences is hardly long - from my research you should stay within a paragraph. I find if I try hard to be economical with my words I can usually edit a logline to a sentence or two.
 
One word logline? I'd have to say practically impossible - in this contest you need 2 just to get the genre and subject - of course if I combine the genre and subject and create a new word my one word logline could be FANTADOW or WINDASY - lol.
 
Anyway I hope everyone's having better luck than I am!
 
glenn


Posted By: Chris Messineo
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2006 at 3:59pm
The rules specifically state the logline cannot be more than two sentences.

Chris


Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2006 at 4:08pm
Originally posted by Chris Messineo Chris Messineo wrote:

The rules specifically state the logline cannot be more than two sentences.

Chris
 
Oh whew, thanks Chris!
 
darn
 
About the one word logline -- I don't think it should ever be one word. You can't get industry people to buy your work if they don't know what your work is about. I get tempted to write teaser-type ones as well, though.


Posted By: AndyHeck
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2006 at 6:34pm
Shorter is better.  Think about your idea being shopped from person to person to person to person.  Ever play telephone? 


Posted By: gmercer
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2006 at 9:48pm
Now I know why I lost my heat last year, my logline was 3 sentences. Damn those rules!
 
glenn


Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 23 Jul 2006 at 3:44am
Originally posted by AndyHeck AndyHeck wrote:

Shorter is better.  Think about your idea being shopped from person to person to person to person.  Ever play telephone? 
 
Yeah, last year mine was one. I think it will have to be two this year or it would be a horrifying run on, but it looks like I better leave a lot of time to write the logline!


Posted By: ABEAR111
Date Posted: 23 Jul 2006 at 10:58am
Originally posted by BarbaraFL BarbaraFL wrote:

Originally posted by Chris Messineo Chris Messineo wrote:

The rules specifically state the logline cannot be more than two sentences.

Chris
 
Oh whew, thanks Chris!
 
darn
 
About the one word logline -- I don't think it should ever be one word. You can't get industry people to buy your work if they don't know what your work is about. I get tempted to write teaser-type ones as well, though.


Actually a producer once told me that about the one word, forget who he was quoting, I will try to find out.  The point is, you are trying to intrigue people who have piles of pitches thrown at them every day.  The less it takes you to explain, the more they know that you know what your story is really about and if it's intriguing to them, the more likely they are to read/consider it.


Posted By: spiffyvictory
Date Posted: 24 Jul 2006 at 8:38am

Want an example of a short and sweet logline?

Snakes on a Plane.
 
'nuff said.


Posted By: ABEAR111
Date Posted: 25 Jul 2006 at 12:53pm
That's what I get for being such a smart*** about the one-word logline - I can't get mine under 30! 


Posted By: Chris Messineo
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2006 at 3:58am
Originally posted by ABEAR111 ABEAR111 wrote:

That's what I get for being such a smart*** about the one-word logline - I can't get mine under 30! 
Look on the bright side, at least you have a story to have a logline about.
 
Chris


Posted By: Willie
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2006 at 4:54am

"Snakes on a Plane" = $2.00 DVD Bin

Other DVDs in the Bin
"Elephants on a Boat"
"Glockenspiels in a Tree"
 
 


Posted By: 2184pro
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2006 at 6:25am
Originally posted by Willie Willie wrote:

"Snakes on a Plane" = $2.00 DVD Bin


Other DVDs in the Bin"Elephants on a Boat"

"Glockenspiels in a Tree"

 

 

    

...of course, I'd write a movie like that for Hollywood money $$$. Something that sounded cool like:

Clowns in a Car
or
Ducks in a Row
or
Bananas in a Bunch
or
Cows in a Herd

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Check out my other videos. http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=2184pro


Posted By: Willie
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2006 at 1:28pm
I can't say I would write anything for money - sometimes your mind just doesn't work that way.  Your ideas are what you care about - though I could write Clowns in a Car (providing it's the old bug they're getting out of).  I'm nostalgic that way...



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