How to Create Loglines, Queries, One-Sheets

Loglines, Queries, and One-Sheets are elements a screenwriter uses to promote their screenplay. A logline is a simply one to three sentences telling what the screenplay is about. A logline needs to grab whomever it’s told to so they immediate understand the concept. A query is used by a screenwriter to solicit a read from either an agent, manager, or producer. While most queries today are sent via email, a query can still be accomplished by writing an actual letter to an agent, manager, or producer and sending through the U.S. Postal Service or done over the telephone. One-Sheets are very brief breakdowns of your screenplay but also include the screenwriter’s name, title of screenplay, contact information, genre of screenplay, and logline all fitting on one page.

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Submissions Insanity: Query In 10 Steps

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! NEWSFLASH: querying is any screenwriter’s first port of call in getting a script request. The good news is, it’s easier than ever to query producers, filmmakers and agents in this age of the internet! However, very few screenwriters actually DO query...

Submissions Insanity # 11: How To Win Screenwriting Competitions

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! If you enter the word “screenwriting” into Google, you’ll discover from its Autocomplete function that after “software,” “competitions” is the second most popular search term on the web. But how do screenwriters WIN or place highly in screenwriting competitions, my Bang2writers...

Writer’s Edge: The Best High Concept Idea Ever

Having sold eight High Concept projects myself, I can appreciate a great idea when I hear it. The best one I’ve ever heard is a movie script called, Top Ten that sold for seven figures. Every time I’ve told the logline of that movie to my writing students, each one of...

Visual Mindscape: A Query Letter to Incite

Before I get into the Query Letter I have something that I want to share with you. Those of you who know me and my work are aware that I have been fortunate enough to have every screenplay I have written either produced or optioned (and I don’t mean the Danny...

Drive the Story with One Big Problem

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Most successful movies are about one big problem, which takes the whole movie to solve. Pretty simple, really. Coming up with an original story concept – or an approach to a true story – is largely about figuring out what that...

Visual Mindscape: The Kinetic Logline

Edward Albee once said “Any play that can be described in one line should be only one line long.” I couldn’t agree more, but the reality is we need loglines to help sell our scripts, and they are not going away, at least not in my lifetime. As I was so...

Notes from the Margins: Cracking the Executive Code

By Danny Manus Ever feel like executives are just speaking a totally different language than you are? That they are on a different page? Are you getting mixed messages and not sure what the right thing to say or do is? Are you wondering if, when the exec said “I love...