=======The Internet Movie Logline Creator  logline story movie screenplay
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======= A Development Tool by and for Screenwriters =======


Need a logline to pitch your script
or to generate ideas for a new one?

Fill in the blanks and you're on your way!

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1. Your Story

Your logline is just another way of telling your story--your whole story, including the end. When someone hears it, they should say, "Wow, what a great story," period.

These three story questions will get at the guts of your movie. Sentence length is limited - if you find you can't add more letters, use fewer or shorter words.

Think very carefully about each question and make sure your answer is short and to the point.

a. WHO is it about?
Hint: the simpler the better. Use adjectives, profession or desires only if crucial to plot.
Avoid modifiers like "who".

....E.g., A boy...

b. WHAT happens to them?
Hint: Start with an active verb. This is the event that propels the story toward the ending.

....discovers an alien living in his shed...

c. WHAT must they do to try and fix it?
Hint: Not too much detail. Pay attention to rhythm. Make clear what's at stake.
....
.. and helps him get home before the Feds catch up to him.

(E.T., The Extra Terrestrial)

2. Your Theme

THEME is what people want to know when they ask that annoying question, "So what's it about?"

Make it a one word answer, as corny as it may sound, like Love, Betrayal, or Prejudice. Philadelphia, for example is a movie about prejudice; Star Wars is a movie about heroism.

If you're not sure, just close your eyes and slug in the first thing that comes to mind. Change it later if you think of something better. Your movie must be about something.

Your theme:.....

3. Your Title

Based on your story and your theme, choose a title for your movie.

Your title:.........

4. What type of movie is it?

Genre:..............

Sub-Genre:.......

5. Rating:.....


Now put the three answers together as a sentence, and you have your movie logline!

Option A:  Click the button below. This gives you an easy to cut-and-paste form containing what you typed in above. However, it also sends a copy to me so I can track how the site is being used. I delete all messages sent this way - I'm not in this to steal loglines. But if you're not comfortable with this, use Option B.

Option B: Copy what you've entered above into a word processor, but don't click the button.




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