Logline: Introduction

McKee’s STORY gave me the illusion the logline is one of the last things you ever write. Why?

Because during development, things can change.

Of course McKee is right.

The creative process is unpredictable and you know where you start but you don’t know where you’ll end.


If you are assuming things can change SO much you will have a different logline, you may have a problem. You may not really have a story (yet).

The logline says exactly what your story is, in its purest and simplest form. It states what story you are trying to tell. If that changes, you are basically writing a different movie altogether.

One of the most exciting projects I have worked on had a problem in terms of its structure and POV. Numerous discussions with the writer lead to ever improving versions of synopsis and step outline. But we didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel for quite a while.

One day the writer sent me a new synopsis and at the bottom of the page he had written a logline.

That day not only did we know we had a strong story, the development process suddenly found a clear direction.

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About the Author

Karel FG Segers

Karel Segers wrote his first produced screenplayat age 17. Today he is a story analyst with experience in international acquisition, development and production. He co-wrote Danger Close, the biggest budget Australian film of the decade, and has trained and consulted all over the world, including award-winners and Academy Award nominees. Karel ranks among the most influential people for screenwriting on social media, and speaks a handful of European languages, which he is still trying to find a use for in his present hometown of Sydney, Australia

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