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Family Feature Film Pitches – Read over 100 family loglines

What is a family film?

First the difference between this genre and children’s movies: Children’s films are made specifically for children and not necessarily for the general audience, while family films are made for a wider appeal with a general audience in mind. They stick with a G or PG format. It’s basically a movie that can been seen by everyone that almost always has a feel-good or happy tone and ending.

This is a genre that will be around as long as families are around. Every week the studios will premiere a film that an entire family will be able to see.

Read now over 100 family film pitches and loglines. All original copyrighted stories:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/family_feature_film.html

Send in your FREE Logline today to his network. Accept any story type or genre:
http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

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Here’s an example of a family film logline pitch:

Title: FLIES AND GUYS

Written by: Fred Iden

Genre: Family comedy

Type: Feature Screenplay

Logline: Struggling through a poor man’s midlife crisis is challenging but will a crazy dream help our hero realize there’s no place like home… before his wife throws him out?

WGA#: 1238062

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Since the 1990s, many family films have been animation movies. Many of these films appeal to kids at their intellectual level while also giving the older audience (the parents) plots and jokes that they can also relate with. In the last 25 years, the list of solid animation movies with family themes is endless. Studios like Disney and Pixar (with the help of Industrial Light and Magic) has amazed the storytelling world with the way they can cross generations with their movies.

The hard part about writing a family film is to not insult the older audience with “childless” plots and situations, while not being too mature and plots too difficult to follow for the younger audience. Some call writing a family screenplay the toughest thing to do because you’re attempting to engage many generations.

Please enjoy reading all of the Family Movie Loglines:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/family_feature_film.html

Thanks
Matthew Toffolo, WILDsound

FANTASY Feature Films. Read over 140 pitches and loglines of new fantasy scripts

LOGLINE PITCH:

Title: THE IRON MAIDEN

Written by: Don Unruh

Type: Feature Screenplay

Genre: Fantasy

Logline: Following a near-fatal accident, a world famous cycling champion begins to realize that she is living in an alternate reality, somewhere between Heaven and Earth.

This is an example of the 140 logline pitches on our network. Read them all here:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/fantasy_feature_film.html

Submit your own logline in any genre or type for FREE here:
http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

There is a Holiday Special for Fantasy Screenplays. Submit your script formally to the festival and get it performed by professional actors. Garner FULL FEEDBACK:
http://www.wildsound.ca/fantasycontest.html

Fantasy Movies are defined as stories with fantastic themes and out of this world situations. They are plots and settings that are not reality, either in the world that the film take place, or the supernatural and magical events that take place on Earth. The genre is distinct from Sci-Fi films, but the genres tend to overlap a lot.

Fantasy films often have an element of escapism, magic, myth, wonder, and the extraordinary, which separates the genre from the rest.

In the history of movies, fantasy films really didn’t get going until the 1980s when film-making technology, plus the studios putting more money into their films, gave the genre a whole new shelf life. This was due to the audience interest in watching these types of movies, so the risk for the studios was warranted.

In the last 10 years, the most financially successful films (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pirates/Caribbean movies for example) have been fantasy movies. And the trend should continue into the next decade.

So make sure to read the many new screenplay loglines today. Some that will be at a theater near your in the upcoming years:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/fantasy_feature_film.html

– Matthew Toffolo, WILDsound

ADVENTURE NOVELS. Read over 100 logline pitches of books in the adventure genre

An adventure is an event or series of events that happens outside the course of the protagonist’s ordinary life, usually accompanied by danger, often by physical action. Adventure stories almost always move quickly, and the pace of the plot is at least as important as characterization, setting and other elements of a creative work.

– Critic Don D’Ammassa

That’s a perfect definition of what an adventure novel is all about. Of course, these books are crossovers for other genres, one of the more popular in the last 150 years is the Children’s and Teen Adventure series. The pace works for young readers as the plot moves the story quickly while they fall in love with the protagonists and imagine that they are them.

They are also many examples of crime, sci-fi, western, spy, and mystery series also adding this genre to the mix. While keeping those genres intact, the tone and pace of the plot in hand also makes those adventure books.

Take a look at over 100 new pitches of Adventure Novels:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/adventure_novels.html

Example of an Adventure Logline:

Title: DRAGONBRIDE

Written by: Raani York

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Type: NOVEL

LOGLINE: “DRAGONBRIDE” is a YA Fantasy Adventure in which Shalima, the only Magician on Earth, will have to marry the Golden Dragon without knowing that this is only the start of a deadly mission she, her husband and her party will hardly ever return from.

Or, you can watch our Video Pitch Loglines where we turn the idea into a movie. Example is here:

Hope you enjoy.

Submit our FREE Logline today in any genre or type (feature, TV, short story etc..)
http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Or, submit your Video Pitch Logline and we’ll make your pitch into a movie

Thanks

– Matthew Toffolo

COMEDY TV SHOW Pitches – Read over 100 loglines of Sitcom TV PILOT shows

Submit your FREE Logline/Pitch today of any genre or type (feature, novel, short story etc..)
http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Ever since the birth of television, sitcoms have dominated the airwaves.

The basic definition of a TV comedy sitcom is recurring characters placed in humorous situations.

Episodes are generally 30 minutes in length, but there has been some exceptions through the years.

The birth of sitcoms where we re-live the world of the same characters under humorous situations can be derived from the 19th century, or perhaps before, when comedy sketches were presented in travelling variety shows. Some of the sketches become so popular, the performers would write “new episodes” so they can bring back the characters the audiences loved so much. Fast forward to the birth of television and it became the staple to bring these characters into the homes of the entire world, almost like they would a part of your family.

Read over 100 TV comedy pitches and loglines here. I’m sure more than a few will hit the airwaves in the upcoming years:

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/comedy_tv_shows.html

Example of a logline pitch:

Title: ALMOST LEGIT

Written by: Miriam Goodspeed and Ellen Schnur

Type: TV PILOT SCRIPT

Genre: Comedy

Logline: Almost Legit is a sitcom pilot in which two beautiful madams, who owned Tampa’s most infamous escort service, decide to reform (sort of) and go (almost) legit with a health and beauty spa only to face a jealous rival who will stop at nothing to destroy them.

Or, you can watch a Video Pitch of a TV Sitcom here:

Enjoy.

– Matthew Toffolo

How to write the best logline for your script/story. Plus, FREE LOGLINE SUBMISSIONS

Submit your LOGLINE for FREE to the WILDsound network and its social networking centers.

http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

A great way to increase your presence and get your story out to the world. This network averages over 90,000 unique visitors a day. Your logline will receive their own individual page, and linked from the various outlets on this network where many producers and agents venture. Then we will send you an email when someone is interested and you can go from there.

You can also pay $15 more and we’ll turn your pitch logline into a movie. Watch recent and past loglines made into a film:

LOGLINE BASICS

Brevity is an absolute necessity of creating a good logline. You should go through many drafts to make sure every adjective is the most perfect and evocative and above all accurate. Get out your thesaurus find the best words for the job. You can’t afford a single extra character.

Choose your focus carefully. You need to pinpoint the most important through-line of your story. What you pick must be dynamic: you need to describe action, conflict, challenge.

The easiest way to phrase your logline is to state the genre, an attribute of the main character, and what the character needs to achieve to meet a challenge. Of course, you may see your script as a slice of life or a series of vignettes or something else that doesn’t lend itself to a clear statement in this form, but attempt it.

For example:

“The Last Thing She Did” is a romantic comedy in which a ditsy writer struggles to overcome her reliance on a dead friend’s advice in order to meet a deadline.
Try to avoid generalities. You want to nail what makes your script unique, so don’t waste your time comparing it to previously made films. Save that for your marketing pitch.

Your logline doesn’t need to tell the ending of the story. It just needs to impel a producer or reader to make the effort to open it up. Show you have an interesting and unusual protagonist who must meet an unusual and interesting challenge, and you’re already ahead of the game.

So you say your script doesn’t fit into an easy category of genre or have a single or readily defined hero or heroine. That may be the way you think of your story, but another reader might have a different impression. Try describing the action of your script to a friend and see what shakes loose. It’s fine to know you’re written a masterwork that defies description, but you won’t have much luck getting it made unless you can find SOME way to explain it.

A Word about Plot and Character Vs Theme

The best loglines focus on character with an emphasis on the major conflict or challenge that forms the central arc of the plot. It’s good to include whatever details make your story the most unique: an unusual setting or antagonist for example.

You may be tempted to make your logline about the script’s theme instead but I recommend against this. Producers are interested in the practical matters of who, what, where, when and why. They are less interested in your philosophy on the nature of life or the specific demon that drives your hero’s quest.

In my opinion, the easiest way to write a good logline is in the form of:

[Film Title] is a [genre] IN WHICH a [protagonist] struggles to [challenge to overcome].
Problematic loglines often use passive language and the word about, which can find you expressing your intentions instead of the action. Something you want to avoid at any cost is a logline that focuses on how you intend the viewer to feel instead of what they’re going to see.

For example (don’t do):

“The Last Thing She Did” is a transcendent human comedy about the way we connect through laughter and memories.
Nice, but it doesn’t tell us a single thing about the script. We don’t know who the characters are, what it’s about, where it’s set, and we’re vague on the genre. When you use a logline, remember you are pitching your story to practical people who want to know if they can make your script into a film that they can sell. Save your beautiful writing for your dialogue, and your writer’s commentary

– Matthew Toffolo