log·​line ˈlȯg-ˌlīn How to pronounce logline (audio)
variants or less commonly log line or log-line
plural loglines also log lines or log-lines
: a simple synopsis of a screenplay, film, novel, etc. that is used for pitching (see pitch entry 3 sense 3c) or promotion
You're not telling a story in a logline. You're presenting the core concept of your script. You don't need to delve into twists, character arcs, and plot. You're simply conveying the core idea—the initial seed from that which the plot, characters, twists, turns, and ensuing conflict grows.Ken Miyamoto
The new series "tells the story of one year within the walls of the palace of a modern European regime as it begins to unravel," according to its official logline.Charna Flam
There are many formats you can use to write a good logline. (The one I currently use is: "When _____ happens to [your hero], he must do _____ in order to solve his problem.)"Linda Venis
[Brad] Pitt himself gave [screenwriter Steve] Conrad producing notes to help push the narrative beyond the surface gimmick. … But in spite of its bankable star and juicy log line, the film never went into production.Yohana Desta

Examples of logline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The logline states the show is set in Washington, DC, whereas the film took place in Los Angeles. Joe Otterson, Variety, 22 May 2024 The indie outfit has landed North American rights to The Unknown, and appropriate for its title, its logline is currently unknown. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2024 According to the logline, the film follows the supernatural events surrounding Vero Airlines Flight 298 from New Orleans to Seattle. Brent Lang, Variety, 7 May 2024 According to the new series logline, when one of their dearest friends dies suddenly, the OG residents of Melrose Place gather to honor the deceased. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 11 Apr. 2024 With a clever title style playing on ‘over’ and ‘L’ for love, the drama thriller explores how and why abusive control, sometimes mistaken for love, can be the greatest danger in a relationship, and what if ‘the one’ is the one who could destroy you?’, reads the logline. Annika Pham, Variety, 6 Apr. 2024 According to its logline, a lonesome Frankenstein enlists the help of Dr. Euphronios to create a companion for himself. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2024 According to the logline, Maria then embarked on a questionable relationship with her stepbrother Raffy. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 Details on the project, written by Murphy, Jon Robin Baitz and Joe Baken, are being kept under wraps — ABC didn’t even provide a logline for the show. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History


log entry 1 + line entry 1, originally in reference to the line in a TV program log that summarizes the plot of a show

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of logline was in 1982

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“Logline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logline. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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