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  • A Logline is the shop window of a screenplay.

    A Logline is the shop window of a screenplay.

    Is the subject of this weeks Blog at http://www.ronaberdeen.com/?p=965
    Ron Aberdeen
    http://www.ronaberdeen.com/
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3609083/

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    Re: A Logline is the shop window of a screenplay.

    ...I think the biggest mistake is trying to write the logline after writing the screenplay...
    (we need a "thumbs up" smilie)

    For my 4th script I figured it out by myself: logline before screenplay.

    Now it's the rule. It's followed by a very detailed outline. Usually while slogging through the logline I get the title, though sometimes the title goes through an evolution before finalizing as late as halfway through the outline.

    What I've not been doing is a good synopsis. Personally, I've not required one to get to the script stage, but occasionally you need a marketing tool somewhat between the one paragraph logline and the 110 page screenplay.

    Just recently, querying a script, I was asked for one (a synopsis) and had to scramble to make one from the finished script. It wasn't TOO difficult, but some of us may consider following the process of

    log == synopsis == outline/treatment == script

    If the logline is the store window, as Ron suggests, the synopsis is the free sample or test drive. I can fully understand the reader's reluctance to invest in 110 pages when they're so busy.

    Have some punchy logline and, if possible, a synopsis as well.

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