Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a logline, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
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- A logline is a sentence that sums up your movie.…This is not to be confused with a tagline,…which is a marketing statement that's just catchy,…like Alien's famous tagline, "In space,…"no one can hear you scream."…But this isn't really telling you anything…about the story of the film, really.…A logline, on the other hand, is a one sentence summation…of what the film is about.…Think about how movies are summed up in cable TV listings,…or IMDb, in the newspaper, or Netflix or whatever.…These are essentially loglines.…When writing a short film, or a feature film,…I always recommend starting with the logline.…
This really is the first step in my mind…to writing a story.…Now, one little sentence sums up all of…the main elements of the story.…It briefly describes the protagonist,…it describes their objective and their obstacles.…The logline, Heather, my co-writer and I, came up…with for The Assurance was, "Alone in the wilderness,…"a child struggles to understand the role her…"sister plays in the salvation of their dying world."…
. Make sure to watch the first installment to learn about the background of the project and to get an overview of the role of the producer. Watch the follow-up episodes to learn more about pre-production, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking. This is a one-of-a-kind educational experience you won't find anywhere else.
- Finding your story
- Building a character arc
- Identifying story beats
- Borrowing from archetypes
- Writing a fantasy film
- Using screenwriting software such as Final Draft and Adobe Story
- Polishing the script
- Understanding screenplay formatting
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Appropriate for all
1. Story Basics
2. Getting Ideas
3. Creating a Fantasy World
4. Writing the Story
5. Writing the Screenplay
6. Improving the Script
7. Rewriting the Script
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