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
“Shaken by the death of her role model a self doubting young woman finds a new heroine, but is this replacement the answer to her happiness or the path to self destruction? “
The judges’ verdict:
Steven: “Firstly, a young woman who is “self-doubting” is all too common and ordinary sounding. Big yawn just there. A better approach would be to vividly contrast the two idols she has. For example, “a vivacious teen girl must recover from the death of a free-spirited and influential aunt. She finds her next idol in the form of a foul-mouthed. anarchistic, bad girl. But will this choice be her undoing?” ”
A better approach would be to vividly contrast the two idols she has
Adrian: “There is no need to ask the question. If the new heroine is the answer to her happiness, then there isn’t much of a story. It’s probably the path to self-destruction. Then how does she redeem herself?”
There is no need to ask the question
Jack: “Sounds interesting and sets up a good morality tale. “Finds” makes it seem a bit too easy. How about “searches for”? ”
“When a 70 year old KGB sleeper agent loses the will to kill, he decides to become his target’s guardian against assassination instead.”
The judges’ verdict:
Adrian: There must be something more than just not wanting to kill anymore. There must be some driving force behind him deciding to take sides with the target and actively stopping the assassination.
There must be some driving force behind him deciding to take sides with the target
Steven: “Sounds like “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” meeting “The Equaliser”. 70 is a bit old for the protagonist unless the logline specifically pointed out that he is fit (or, at least, very very wily). However, this concept could work despite the poor logline. A better one would be “a coughing, drunk, veteran KGB agent uses his decades-long unblown cover to maneuvre against an assassination plot being organised by his former superiors.””
70 is a bit old for the protagonist unless the logline specifically pointed out that he is fit
Meg: “I like the concept but need something more to hook me onto the protagonist, I need something to reveal more of his character. The stakes are great though.'”
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.