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10 Tips for Writing Loglines

10 Tips for Writing Loglines
Loglines are tricky things – distilling 120 pages of script into one sentence and imbuing it with the power to summarise, titillate and intrigue is a surprisingly difficult task. As a writer it can be hard to develop a good logline because you are invested equally in each part of your work – identifying the crucial story elements and leaving everything else out feels like you aren’t doing your script justice. But remember, a good logline is crucial to selling your script; in a covering letter, in a pitch, in the 30 second window you have with an executive when you accidentally meet on the Great Wall of China. That being the case it is vital that you develop a good logline for your magnum opus, something with sizzle and pop, but also, crucially, something that tells the audience what the script is about. The difference between a logline and a tagline A tagline is a piece of marketing copy designed to go on posters to sell the film - In space no one can hear you scream (Alien) 1. 2. 3. 4. Related:  filmFilmmaking

A Massive List of Upcoming Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About Oakley Anderson-Moore 02.11.14 @ 9:00AM Tags : britdoc, creativecapital, documentary, features, filmindependent, financing, grants, ifp, itvs, macarthurfoundation, narrative, screenwriting, sundanceinstitute It seems like every week a grant deadline flies by, and you find yourself looking forlornly at the expired application for free money, mumbling “coulda been a contender.” To give everyone more time to work on your films and scripts — and a little less time researching how to fund them — scroll through the list below to find relevant opportunities for your narrative films, documentaries, and screenplays with deadlines this Spring. It’s hard enough to find grants, let alone decipher which ones might be relevant to your current project. Documentary In the documentary world, grant money tends to be earmarked for films that address important issues of our time, but granting agencies have an array of ideas about what those are! Southern Documentary Fund In-the-Works Program Deadline: Feb 17

Christmas Traditions, Christmas History, Christmas Around the World, The Chri... Short Film Production Fund Tales from the Kraka Tower: A hilarious new Web series that's like Awkward Black Girl for academics. Still from YouTube It’s Lakisha Wisniewski’s first day in the “Diversity Department” at Kraka University, and there to welcome her is Dr. Kimball, the school’s self-proclaimed “diversity specialist.” A white woman decked out in a dashiki and kufi, Dr. Kimball fails to recognize a photo of Angela Davis—“Is she a rapper?” Follow This is but one of the facepalm-worthy scenes in the first episode of the new Web series Tales from the Kraka Tower, created by University of South Florida MA student Aphrodite Kocieda, who also plays Lakisha. Kocieda—who just defended her MA in communication with a thesis about race, gender, and the “Slutwalk” phenomenon—worked with no budget and cast her grad-student friends in the series, which she created to stimulate discussion about exclusion in academia, an industry we often think of—erroneously—as a “politically correct” fortress of progressivism. As for that title, and its critical reference to the term some racists believe is equivalent to the n-word?

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Welcome to Eric Chang's Official Website - Réminiscence Filmmaker Magazine | The Magazine of Independent Film The credits roll, there is applause, and not too many people walked out. The festival premiere of your debut film is over. You relax, a year’s worth of stress magically departing your body. Sure, there will be tough times ahead; distribution is difficult. But, for the moment, you congratulate yourself on a job well done. But don’t relax too much, warn a trio of festival heads. “The secret magic of film festivals is that they offer audiences direct communication with the artist,” says Sundance Film Festival Director of Programming Trevor Groth. So how can directors ensure that their festival Q&As are as charming, thoughtful and inspiring as possible? Take it seriously.

Strange Tips To Get You Writing I’m writing this because I cannot start writing. So many times I jot down a script idea - a character, a setting, an inciting incident – but nothing becomes of these. Instead, I procrastinate. Sound familiar? Yet, somewhere in this procrastination my mind thought up some wacky ways to start writing that I think I’ll try and could be useful for you, fellow screenwriters. Some may seem incredibly obvious, but hopefully some new things will be discovered. So sit back, relax and enjoy the strange ideas I’ve conjured up (then after reading this, immediately put them into action) Do not just explore, get lost. Do your research. Go back in time. Shut down your pc/mac, delete your scriptwriting software, it’s time to pick up pen and paper or invest in a typewriter. Don't just come up with a character, become your character. This is so silly, this is so daft. Use your senses. Do not go to a place and scribble down what you see. Don’t just ask ‘what if’ but ask ‘so what?’ This one speaks for itself.