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The Logline IV
By Don Vasicek
January, 2006, 13:50

n this screenplay educational series IN will be covering the following course sections of information graciously provided by Donald L. Vasicek:

  • So, You Have A Movie Idea - I
  • More on Your Movie Idea II
  • Emotion and Your Movie Idea III
  • The Logline IV
  • The First Minute V
  • Write The End To Your Screenplay Foremost VI
  • The First Twelve Pages of Your Screenplay VII
  • Page 12 to Page 30 of Your Screenplay VIII
  • Page 30 to Page 45 of Your Screenplay IX
  • Page 45 to Page 60 of Your Screenplay X
  • Page 60 to Page 75 of Your Screenplay XI
  • Page 90 to the End of Your Screenplay XII

Don't miss out on a single issue of IN and how to get your screenplay from the page to the silver screen.

The logline must show what your movie is about. You have about a minimum of five or six words and a maximum of three, five to six word sentences to show it in the logline. The shorter, the better.

If you are serious about writing, selling and getting your screenplays produced, then, you must think in terms of writing lean and mean. Lean and mean is the same thing, as the shorter, the better. This attitude will help you write to industry standards and hone your craft as a screeenwriter.

A key here, is to use active verbs. Use them in your screenplay, use them in your synopses, use them in your treatments and use them in your loglines. The use of active verbs will help you streamline your writing. It will force you to write better descriptions/narratives and better dialogue.

With the logline, think in terms of writing it with a beginninng, a middle and an ending. Think of it the same way as the movie trailers you see on television or in the theater. Think of writing the logline the same way that you read them in television and movie guides.

Start your logline out with the main character. You should follow that with the description of the plot and end it with a hook that seduces people into wanting to read your screenplay.

An example that has been very successful for me with a screenplay I wrote, Catching The Fall, is as follows: A common Joe races the clock to restore his son back to normal after the boy goes brain dead.

Here, you can see who the main character is: A common Joe.
The plot is: races (the key active verb) the clock to restore his son back to normal.
And the ending hook is: after the boy goes brain dead.

So, fix yourself up some potatoes and gravy and get to work on your logline. Next time I'll discuss writing page one of your screenplay.

Thank you for dropping by.
Good writing to you!
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Donald L. Vasicek was a writer/consultant for Warriors of Virtue, screenwriter for The Crown, writer/associate producer for The Lost Heart and Born To Kill. He wrote, directed, and produced Faces, Oh, The Places You Can Go..., Haunted World and the award-winning The Sand Creek Massacre. He writes columns for Hollywood Lit. Sales, Moondance Int'l Film Festival's E-zine, Screenplace, Screenwriters Forum, Screenplayers.Net, Screenwriters Utopia, Ink-On–The-Brain and Spraka & Kinsla (Swedish). Author of How To Write, Sell, And Get Your Screenplays Produced ( and The Write Focus. Web site:

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