A step-by-step framework for writing a basic logline.
This course teaches the basics of developing a technically proficient logline. This includes the three minimum components of a well-crafted logline, a protagonist, a desire line, and an obstacle. Then the course builds on these three components to enhance the logline by adding interest, a compelling desire, and a formidable obstacle.
After completing the course, a writer will be able to:
The bonus section teaches how to gauge genuine interest level from a listener when sharing a logline.
This is the introductory course in a series of 5 courses that teaches logline writing mastery. It will help you improve your logline writing skills so you can engage audiences in one to three sentences. This will help you create a logline that is easy to share and gets people excited about your spec screenplay project.
Introduction to Creating a "bankable" logline, Level 1.
This introduction answers the question of what is a bankable logline.
The importance of making a commitment to your personal goals.
The importance of having focus as a writer and allowing creative brainstorming.
Introduction to the three key elements:
First draft template and example.
Pro Tips and Exceptions.
How to make your protagonist more interesting through character, conflict, characterization, and description.
Clarify the desire line through common goals with rooting interest.
Make the desire line more compelling by looking at basic human needs and motivation.
Clarify the main obstacle by identification and elaboration of the conflict narrative type.
Make the main obstacle more formidable through identification of power, control, violence, and other intimidation methods.
My sensei in Bujinkan said that a great teacher is one who can take a skill that requires 20 years to learn and teach it in 5 years. Inspired by that concept, I create courses that I believe will shorten the time it takes to become a great, professional, and earning-a-living writer and movie maker.
I am a professional independent screenwriter, producer, director, and entrepreneur. I produced several short films and my first feature film is in development this year (IMDb). I am in my thesis year of earning an MFA in Professional Screenwriting from National University.
I am a lifelong learner and love movies. I studied screenwriting and filmmaking for over 20 years. In fact, for longer than I worked in my first profession, Information Technology and Software Development.
In the process, I:
* Wrote, directed, produced, and acted in several short films.
* Spent years writing feature screenplays -- and a few good ones. Three in development.
* Read hundreds of books on writing and making movies.
* Attended seminars from gurus such as Robert McKee, John Truby, and David Freeman.
* Currently in the thesis stage of my Master of Fine Arts in Professional Screenwriting.
* Earned a bachelor degree in marketing, which I apply into screenwriting theory.
* Earned a certificate in gamification, which I apply to creating engagement in story.
* Combined my expertise in IT, marketing, and gamification into story design.
* Learned to teach through experiential methods from a master of the form, Clinton Swaine.
* Earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification while working in IT on multi-million and multi-billion dollar projects in the corporate world.
I am a master curator of information. Like many, I took the long path to becoming a professional screenwriter. It started as a dream, then moved to a hobby, and now it is pivoting into a career.
And if I can pivot, then so can you!
Now that screenwriting and movie making is my career, my hobby is to teach others how to pivot into the field as well.
My expertise is in analyzing large amounts of data (such as volumes of classes and books on screenwriting) and converting it into easy-to-learn systems.