Welcome! In todays article we will have a look at what a logline is, how you can write a logline and most importantly, the most iconic logline examples.
Over the years loglines have been one of the most important parts to the screenwriters arsenal, it really can be overlooked but provides producers an insight into the script and they may even decided whether it’s worth their time, just by reading a logline.
This is why it’s so important to understand how to write a logline that will do your script justice.
What is a logline?
A logline is a detailed and compact description of what your script is and contains the premise of the story and the core conflict surrounding the protagonist. The logline is used to engage the reader and is even used by production houses to decide whether or not to read a script.
Yep it’s that important!
Another reason to nil your logline is for scriptwriting contests, usually in the earlier rounds when they have an abundance of scripts the logline is used to decide on which scripts to shortlist for the next round of the contest.
A poor logline can really let you down.
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How do I write a logline?
Writing a logline is a skill in itself and you need to contain four core factors to make it stand out. The first part of the logline needs to show what the movie is about, who the protagonist is and their goal. You’ll then need to include the inciting incident, mixed with the conflict of the movie.
Four key ingredients:
- Who is the protagonist(s)?
- What is their goal?
- What is the inciting incident?
- What is the conflict?
Read our ultimate guide on how to write the perfect logline. Then scroll below for some of the best logline examples. These loglines have tempted millions to view their movies and you should definitely deconstruct them. It’s a fun exercise, and you’ll start to understand the formula to an iconic logline.
READ MORE: How to write a logline: The ultimate guide
The most iconic logline examples
Let’s have a look at some of the most iconic films and the loglines that accompanied them. These will give you an idea of how to write your own logline and an idea of what can sell a movie to a producer. The logline is the gateway to reading your script, it needs to be compelling and tell a story within itself.
Here’s a few of the best logline examples, enjoy!
“The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.”
“A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.”
The Shawshank Redemption
“Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.”
The Lion King
“Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.”
“After a simple jewellery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.”
Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.
A human soldier is sent from 2029 to 1984 to stop an almost indestructible cyborg killing machine, sent from the same year, which has been programmed to execute a young woman whose unborn son is the key to humanity’s future salvation.
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The Jungle Book
Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.
We hope this article on iconic logline examples was of interest, let us know in the comments what you think!
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