Two Key Elements
Log-lines consist of two key elements: a repeating formal sentence structure and an element of contrast. The following examples, taken from successful movies, demonstrate the effective use of these elements:
‘Honour made him a man.
Courage made him a hero.
History made him a legend.’ Rob Roy
‘Imagine if you had three wishes, three hopes,
three dreams,,,and they all came true.’ Aladdin
‘Someone said “Get a life” – so they did.’ Thelma And Louise
‘This is Benjamin…He’s a little worried about his future.’ The Graduate
‘A story of Love Laughter and the Pursuit of Matrimony.’ Muriel’s Wedding
‘Don’t breathe. Don’t look back. The Dark Side of Nature.’ Twister
‘Everything is Suspect. Everyone for Sale. Nothing is what it seems.’ L.A. Confidential
Log-lines contain two key features—formal repetition and contrast. Log-lines are used for marketing purposes but they are also useful, if conceived early, as indicators of your story’s through-line.
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