Your entries in the May Contest thrilled us! It was an extremely high-caliber of work and it was a truly difficult decision to make on the winning entries.

In case you were wondering, our judges used a scoring system to help their decision process. Loglines were scored across the following categories:

– Overall Concept
– Writing Skill
– Character with a Flaw
– The Existing Situation
– The Big Problem
– A Hint of the Future to Come

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image28845038That should give you a big hint about what our judges are looking for when they read your entries. A couple of other pointers that may help:

– Use sentence case for your entry, do not use all caps, title case, or lower case (this makes it easier to read and understand).

– Include your project’s title at the beginning if you wish.

– If English is not your first language, please have a native English speaker proofread your logline before entry. Whilst translate programs on the web are a good resource, the nuance, tone and grammar of English are often lost.

– Go through our scoring system above and check that you’ve covered all bases. There were some great concepts entered in May that were unfortunately lacking a detail or two. For example, if you use the phrase “save them”, make sure we know what they’re being saved from. If you use the phrase “must become”, then ensure you explain why. “Young woman” – what kind of young woman?

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by Andrea Miranda 2012

– On that note, it’s definitely better to talk about the kind of person your character is, rather than their name. Be aware of the trap of overused character phrases, as well. We had a few “young woman”, “overbearing wife”, and “famous actress” characters appear in May’s contest.

– Find a concise way to communicate why your concept is different to all the similar films before it.

– Find the balance between too many words and not enough words. A great logline has an emotional journey, but using eight commas in one sentence is probably too many commas.

 

Phew! That’s a lot to squeeze into so few sentences, and hence why we started running this contest. A great logline is an art all of its own!

For Example

Back to the Future: An accident-prone teenager and an absent-minded scientist battle to save the future after the teen travels back in time and prevents his parents from falling in love.

 

Don’t be shy, get in touch with us if you have any questions. Only two more days to enter our June, TV Series/Pilot category, so warm up those fingers and enter now!