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.

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...

Scripts that Sold in 2012: What are the Common Elements?

We screenwriters want to sell our work, naturally. This, of course, is very rare. How rare? Well, in 2012, according to The Scoggins Report’s “Year-End Spec Market Scorecard”, there were 132 “spec sales” – or scripts that sold — in the entire year. And this matched a 15-year record HIGH from...

Submissions Insanity #1: The Basics of Online Script Submissions

Every writer knows there are insane people out there making submissions to unsuspecting agents, producers, filmmakers and Execs – but very few believe s/he personally is one of those offending scribes. After all, if you’re not mailing rubbish bins or posting scripts under toilet doors, then *you* gotta be okay, right?...