The Logline or What is your Story About?

A Logline [also called the One-line] is a one sentence description that distills a screenplay down to the single dramatic concept of the story as succinctly as possible.

First question, is it Log Line or Logline? My spell checker hates Logline, but I have seen it spelled and used both ways for years, so for this article I will be using Logline.

A Logline can serve two purposes:

The Logline can act as a guide during the writing process. If the story isn’t fitting the Logline as you are writing, then you need to step back and examine what you have written. The Logline describes the essence of the story and the screenplay should follow that path. Many writers believe that if you can’t explain your story in the confines of a Logline, then you do not really know your story.

The other very important purpose of the Logline is the use in selling the screenplay to producers. A great Logline can capture the interest of whom ever hears it. Making them want to read the script and hopefully falling in love with it enough to buy it and produce a great movie. The Logline will be an important part of your screenplay marketing package.

The Elements of a Great Logline:

The Protagonist

The Goal of the Protagonist

The Antagonist or Obstacle

Logline Examples:

Star Wars – Luke Skywalker, a spirited farm boy, joins rebel forces to save Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader, and the galaxy from the Empire’s planet-destroying Death Star.

Paranormal Activity – After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Hidden FiguresBased on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.

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John Morgan Risner John has been featured in several magazines and television programs including Great Day Live and ABC News with Diane Sawyer, talking about screenwriting, movie making, the James Bond films and the Oscar nominations. John is also a film historian, specializing in horror films and is an expert on the James Bond films and novels. John Morgan Risner is available for speaking engagements and seminars for writing groups,workshops and retreats, comic and movie conventions, and of course screenwriting and film festivals. Please send an email to for rates and scheduling. In his role as senior story analysis and head writer at Screen Writer Ink, John has over ten years as a Screenwriter, Screenplay Analysis, Story Consultant , Writing Mentor and is a Screenwriting Instructor at two major universities. This experience combined with his Degree in Screenwriting and Film Production, plus experience as a producer, director and actor, makes John uniquely qualified to analyze stories and screenplays to provide guidance to writers and producers looking to create high quality marketable novels and screenplays . The expert staff at Screen Writer Ink not only provides writing and mentor services to writers, but also manuscript analysis and editing and full screenplay analysis and coverage. Screen Writer Ink is available to producers and production companies for rewriting assignments, script doctoring and complete screenplay creation. Specialties: Screenwriting, Producing,Ghost Writing, Directing, Story Creation , Acting, Writing, Film Production, Speaker, Instruction and Analysis. Please send an email to for further information

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