Yesterday I answered a question about loglines. So today I wanted to give you some examples of loglines. Why, you ask.
Well, reading loglines is an interesting exercise because — if you don’t know how the movie unfolds — you are forced to imagine where the story might go.
Also, more importantly, observe how these long three-act feature movies can be summarized in two sentences or less. As a writer, you will have to do the same for your story. A logline is an important “elevator pitch” if you are pressed for time.
Logline Examples from Produced Screenplays
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION – Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
RUSHMORE – A precocious private high school student whose life revolves around his school competes with its most famous and successful alumnus for the affection of a first grade teacher
THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS – A press agent, hungry to get ahead, is pushed by a ruthless columnist to do cruel and evil things, and is eventually caught in the web of lies that he has created.
BIG NIGHT – Two very different brothers promote their struggling 1950s New Jersey Italian restaurant by inviting Louis Prima and his band to take part in a sumptuous dinner there.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL – Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor’s daughter, from Jack’s former pirate allies, who are now undead.
THE HANGOVER – A Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then must retrace their steps in order to find him.
BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY – An Iowa housewife, stuck in her routine, must choose between true romance and the needs of her family.
Loglines Examples from Unproduced Screenplays*
*These scripts have not been made into movies yet.
THE BABYSITTER – A lonely twelve year old boy in love with his babysitter discovers some hard truths about life, love, and murder
THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE – A nerdy high schooler, who fancies himself an amateur photographer, attempts to create a “Swimsuit Issue” featuring his high school classmates in hopes of raising enough money to go to summer camp.
ROTHCHILD – A young, well-educated loner kills the members of his mother’s estranged family one-by-one in hopes that he will inherit the family’s vast fortune.
THE CASCADE – Based on the documentary style film “The Day Britain Stopped” directed by Gabriel Range, an oil tanker collides with an Iranian patrol boat in the Strait of Hormuz, triggering a chain of tragic disastrous events.
You can see other logline examples from unproduced screenplays here: http://5e22c74089f3ead9fb3a-826e8a392aaf48b70eb85d8703df9872.r30.cf2.rackcdn.com/2014_black_list_rev6.pdf