The 48 Hour Film Project

Loglines

After you complete the film you will submit a logline on the Wrap Up Form, which you turn in with your final paperwork on Sunday. Your logline will go into our Film Catalogue and will go to the judges to help them remember the film.

What's a logline? It's a very short, catchy summary of the story, usually not longer than one sentence.

Here is an example:

"Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl seeks a way home to Kansas, befriending along the way a scarecrow without a brain, a tin woodsman without a heart, and a lion without courage."

A logline is not the phrase that might appear on a movie poster. That's a tagline.

This is a tagline:
"Every second counts when you have 48 hours to make a film."

This is a logline:
"Brilliant filmmakers fight the clock to produce a film in only 48 hours."

Some advice on writing a good logline:

  • The logline's job is to provide a quick sense of the story and make us want more.
  • It presents the major plot of the story without character intricacies and sub-plots.
  • It is the story boiled down to its essential essence.
  • Many writing books encourage you to write the logline before you write the story, to clarify the intent of the story from the start.

And here are some links if you want to find out more: