In this section we are publishing the loglines from the participants of the Circalit / Story Department “First Draft Script Contest”. Our judges have reviewed the loglines and give you their considered feedback. It may help you craft a powerful logline.
by The Judges
“A drug addict and a devoutly religious woman, inextricably bound by individual tragedies, must overcome their respective addictions to find new meaning for their lives.”
The judges’ verdict:
Steven: “We have a juxtaposition that is not credible here: A pious woman “inextricably bound” to a drug addict? Doubtful premise on its own … Now, if the addict is her SON, then we have a credible drama happening here. But not between two people who have zero obvious connection with each other.”
We have a juxtaposition that is not credible here…[a] doubtful premise.
Jack: “This sounds like an interesting story, but calling religion an addiction might lose you the religious audience. Maybe the woman has to lose her narrow minded views or relax her bigotry.”
Maybe the woman has to lose her narrow minded views
or relax her bigotry.
Adrian: How are the lives and the stories of the drug addict and religious woman connected?
Time to Pass Go
“Singleton Jo, 30, is dealt a lucky card: she wins a dream romantic holiday for two to Paris. The only person she can take is her over-sexed, high-on-HRT mum, Margaret.”
The judges’ verdict:
Jack: “It probably doesn’t need the phrase “is dealt a lucky card”. And the fact that her companion is her mother could use a little build up. How about – “When a thirty-something woman wins a romantic holiday for two in Paris the only person she can take should be disqualified for three reasons – she is over-sexed, she is high on HRT and she is her mother”. ”
The fact that her companion is her mother could use a little build up.
Dave: “I know the main character and what kind of obstacles she will face, so there is conflict. The inciting incident is clear and I can see from the tone of the logline that there will be comedy. I do wonder why Jo would not take somebody else – the only person she ‘can’ take is a little problematic – I’m not sure if she really would choose her mum to go with her, that’s my only issue, the believability and would I empathise with somebody who would put themselves into that situation. If there is a real reason for her going, and I could accept it, then good. But I like the logline. . ”
The inciting incident is clear and I can see from the tone of the logline
that there will be comedy.
Robin: “I love this. We’re told who the characters are and what the conflicts are. But also it’s a very good comic premise that hooks you even though there’s little story given.”
If you have an opinion on any of these synopses or the feedback from the judges, please share it with us in the comments below. Please keep the discussion constructive. Even if your first instinct may be subjective, try to give us as objective a reply as possible. The objective is to all (that includes us, judges) learn from the exercise.