Loglines and Treatments: How to Write Them (your loglines should...…
Loglines and Treatments: How
to Write Them
These are used to pitch your story in one-two sentences
they reduce the story to a 'hook'
your loglines should...
inidicate the full narrative arc (the story's beginning, middle, and end)
reveal character, goal, conflict and theme.
have an obvious 'hook'
be concise, but through
ending a logline
they should be open-ended. but, when writing industry coverage, include conflict resolution.
examples from The Ramen Girl (2008):
open-ended for pitch: an aimless american woman, abonded by her boyfriend in Tokyo, impulsively decides to train as a ramen chef under a master who is impossible to please
ending a logline (continued)
conflict resolution specified for studio coverage:
an aimless american woman, abandoned by her boyfriend in Tokyo, impulsively decides to train as a ramen chef under a master who is impossible to please, and ultimately discovers her true calling and takes over his shop to carry on his legacy
open-ended for the audience (from IMDB):
An aimless american woman is stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. searching for direction in life, she trains to be a ramen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.
what is a treatment ?
a detailed, scene-by-scene summary of the story
serves as extended outline for those developing story
treatment stage is when all involved may agree upon story structure, tone, message, and selling points
length of tratements
short films, no dialogue: half the length of film (1 page for every 2 minutes)
short films, with dialogue: half the length of film (1 page for every 2 minutes)
short documentaries: no longer than the proposal (3-5 pages)
treatment format conventions
do not use slug lines to set scene
just write the story: no interruptions, no embellishments
use active verbs
what we see on screen should be conveyed in paragraphs without indentations- hit (return/enter) twice between pargraphs