Last week, I discussed how a logline has to promise something, but I didn’t really define what a logline is or how you would use one. So for those of you who were lost last week, fear not! Hopefully, we can clear some things up today.
A logline is a way to break your story down to its lowest common denominator. You’re trying to give me the elevator statement version of your story. What’s an elevator statement?
Let’s say you and I get onto an elevator together, and I ask you what you’re working on. You can do one of two things. Read More »
You know what a logline is? It’s a simple tool you can use to break down a story into its essence. You use it to find the core of your story, which helps you write better, but a logline is also be used to get people interested in your story.
That’s pretty powerful. But there’s a catch: you have to promise me something.
See, a lot of people will make their loglines vague. This stems from one of several problems.
The writer doesn’t have a core to his story.
The writer doesn’t want to give too much away.
The writer is trying to put too much of the scope of his epic story into too small a space.
All three of these tend to produce loglines like, ”A hero must defeat the darkness within himself before he can conquer the darkness in the world around him.”
Let’s take a few movies and see what happens when we use that formula to write a logline, shall we? Read More »
You know, editing doesn’t just mean video! We’re doing some of that, as Ruth and I are each editing a DVD of Handicrafts Made Simple, but I’m also “editing” a short script.
It’s a short that we wrote a couple years ago and then shelved. We haven’t looked at it since, but several months ago I got some feedback on it from some great folks over on ChristianFilmmakers.org. That gave me a direction for improvement. A few days ago, I started to rework the story a little, and now I have a finished treatment. Hopefully, I’ll get going on actually writing the screenplay very soon.
By the way, here’s a Celtx tip. I discovered the other day that you can add a Novel to any Celtx project. So I added a Novel to write my treatment in. Handy to have everything in one project.
We’re all together again for a big shoot. Remember the Handicrafts Made Simple title card that I shared earlier? We’re shooting the next two DVDs in the series. So far, we’ve shot four sessions for the first DVD and things are going splendidly. Why? We have a secret weapon! Read More »