Here are some famous loglines:
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. —The Matrix
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point. —Get Out
A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit. —Three Signs Outside Ebbing Missouri
If you’re interested in more examples, check out the “101 Loglines” site.
What is the difference between a logline and a tagline?
A tagline is more of a slogan or advertisement for a movie. Whereas a logline describes the narrative structure (plot and purpose) of the movie.
For example, here’s a Finding Nemo tagline: There are 3.7 trillion fish in the ocean. They’re looking for one.
Here’s a Finding Nemo logline: A young fish is captured from his home coral. A group of unlikely friends set out to find him, without knowing where he is or even if he’s alive.
Why write a logline?
A good logline can be really hard to write. Not only does it need to be concise in description, it must also capture the feel and action of the plot as well. It is essentially the ultimate short story. No word can be wasted.
Loglines require there to be a story-arc for your course that doesn’t begin and end with content and delivering content. Rather, there’s a compelling story structure that students engage with (and co-construct) as you all work together throughout the term.
Additionally, we find loglines a useful practice in terms of course design in at least two ways:
- describing the experience of the student going through your course; and,
- describing the compelling force for moving through the course all term.
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