Log line

log line or logline is a brief (usually one-sentence) summary of a television program , film , or book that states the central conflict of the story, while providing a synopsis of the story plot , and an emotional ” hook ” to encourage interest. A one-sentence program summary in TV Guide is a log line. [1]


Narrative elements often referenced in a logline include the setting , protagonist , antagonist , inciting incident , conflict and goal . [2]


Charlie Brown is finally invited to a Halloween party; Snoopy engages the Red Baron in a dogfight; and Linus waits patiently in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin.

-  Logline for It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown [3]

A talented but irresponsible teenager schemes to steal his college tuition when his wealthy father refuses to pay for him to study acting at Juilliard.

-  Logline for How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater [4]


  1. Jump up^ Brewer (2014, 29)
  2. Jump up^ “Writing a Logline” . Graeme Shimmin . Retrieved 2017-09-13 .
  3. Jump up^ “Logline” . It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown . TitanTV . Retrieved 2005-10-25 .
  4. Jump up^ Brewer (2014, 29)
  • Brewer, Robert Lee, ed. (2014), 2015 Writer’s Market , Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books , ISBN  978-1-59963-840-9