What Makes Your Logline Interesting for an Actor, Producer, Manager or Agent?

Hosted by Christopher Lockhart

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Christopher Lockhart

Webinar hosted by: Christopher Lockhart

Story Editor at WME

Christopher Lockhart is Hollywood’s foremost story professional. As Story Editor at WME, the world's largest diversified talent agency, Chris curates projects for A-list actors such as Denzel Washington, reading and exploring through piles of screenplays, magazines, books, old movies, TV shows, and pitches in search of potential film projects. Chris began his career at International Creative Management (ICM), where he worked as script consultant to legendary talent agent Ed Limato, who represented industry giants such as Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, Michelle Pfeiffer, Liam Neeson, and Robert Downey, Jr. Chris later moved to the venerable William Morris Agency, which eventually merged with Endeavor to form WME. As an educator and consultant, Chris has lectured around the world on the craft and business of screenwriting, and he has advised on countless feature films. Chris graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in dramatic writing and was awarded the school's Public Service Prize for his dedication to public education. He is an adjunct professor at National University's Professional Screenwriting Program. He has also taught at LA Valley College and UCLA. His writing workshop The Inside Pitch was filmed for Los Angeles television, earning him an Emmy Award nomination. Chris's creative counsel has been used on many hit films such as the 2016 Sundance Film Festival sensation The Birth of a Nation. Chris crossed over into film producing with the cult horror hit The Collector (2009) and its sequel The Collection (2012), which opened in the top ten box-office. He also wrote and produced the award winning documentary Most Valuable Players (2010) which was acquired by OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), and that Matt Roush of TV Guide reviewed as the “Sleeper of the week...Charming and disarming…A genuine treat.” Chris has set up several other projects, including A Rhinestone Alibi at Paramount, and Crooked Creek, a modern noir thriller. Chris is a member of the Writers Guild, the Producers Guild, and the Television Academy. He lives in Beverly Hills, CA and has a ten-year-old son. Full Bio »

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"Amazing seminar loved it. It was the best I have ever watched or ordered!" - Robert M.

"Excellent! Very practical and useful." - Kathi W.

"Chris was clear, concise, helpful, and focused. Loved his enthusiasm and humor." - Lori H.

 

A logline is the way your screenplay is introduced to the world. It’s rare that anyone will read your script without knowing something about it first. Agents, managers, producers, executives, actors, and anyone associated with making movies, rely on the logline for the most basic information about your screenplay.

Often, if a logline doesn’t work, neither does the screenplay. A logline can be used to identify problematic elements of a screenplay, enabling solutions to fix them.

In This Stage 32 Next Level Webinar:

Your host, Christopher Lockhart, Story Editor at WME, breaks the mechanics of a logline to determine what makes one work and open-up a broader discussion on the elements of successful screenwriting.

He interacted live with the class listening to logline pitches and provided feedback on what works and what doesn’t. You will walk away learning how to make your logline stand out to grab the attention of an actor, producer, manager, agent or executive.

Why Chris?

Through his career at ICM and WME he’s read over 60,000 scripts for consideration for A-list talent, such as Denzel Washington. Yes, 60,000. That’s not a typo. Every one of those scripts started with a logline.

Whether you’re in the early stages of plotting your screenplay or have already written fade out, this webinar will help you create an effective logline and give you greater insight into your own work.

What You'll Learn

  • We’ll breakdown the mechanics of a logline to determine what makes one work.
  • From a logline, what catches the eye of an A-list actor, director, manager, agent, executive or producer? What do they look for?
  • A broader discussion on the elements of successful screenwriting and how you can learn that from your logline.
  • A recording of the interactive logline pitch workshop where Chris broke down on the spot what works and what doesn’t in a logline.
  • Q&A with Chris!

 

 

Chris speaking at the Seattle Film Summit with Sean from Broken Road Pictures, Josh Adler from Circle of Confusion and Kevin Parker from Artists First Management.

 

 

About Your Instructor

Christopher Lockhart is Hollywood’s foremost story professional. As Story Editor at WME, the world's largest diversified talent agency, Chris curates projects for A-list actors such as Denzel Washington, reading and exploring through piles of screenplays, magazines, books, old movies, TV shows, and pitches in search of potential film projects.

Chris began his career at International Creative Management (ICM), where he worked as script consultant to legendary talent agent Ed Limato, who represented industry giants such as Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, Michelle Pfeiffer, Liam Neeson, and Robert Downey, Jr. Chris later moved to the venerable William Morris Agency, which eventually merged with Endeavor to form WME.

As an educator and consultant, Chris has lectured around the world on the craft and business of screenwriting, and he has advised on countless feature films. Chris graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in dramatic writing and was awarded the school's Public Service Prize for his dedication to public education. He is an adjunct professor at National University's Professional Screenwriting Program. He has also taught at LA Valley College and UCLA. His writing workshop The Inside Pitch was filmed for Los Angeles television, earning him an Emmy Award nomination. Chris's creative counsel has been used on many hit films such as the 2016 Sundance Film Festival sensation The Birth of a Nation.

Chris crossed over into film producing with the cult horror hit The Collector (2009) and its sequel The Collection (2012), which opened in the top ten box-office. He also wrote and produced the award winning documentary Most Valuable Players (2010) which was acquired by OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), and that Matt Roush of TV Guide reviewed as the “Sleeper of the week...Charming and disarming…A genuine treat.” Chris has set up several other projects, including A Rhinestone Alibi at Paramount, and Crooked Creek, a modern noir thriller.

Chris is a member of the Writers Guild, the Producers Guild, and the Television Academy. He lives in Beverly Hills, CA and has a ten-year-old son.

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Testimonials

Chris was so bang on with his advice for crafting a logline. I redid my two most cumbersome ones within ten minutes after this webinar. In turn, that process has prompted a whole cascade of new scenes to fix everything within those screenplays! - Sarah G.

Chris was clear, concise, helpful, and focused. Loved his enthusiasm and humor. - Lori H.

Excellent webinar. Really helped with my logline. - Martin R.

Very informative. Clarified a lot of questions I've always had regarding loglines. Well worth the money. - Emmit R.

It was very informative and insightful. - Mays S.

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Reviews Average Rating: 5 out of 5

  • Not every Hollywood professional is a great teacher, but Christopher is. This webinar took my screenwriting skills to the next level.
  • I had high expectations and it was better!
  • Amazing the best ever. Thank You.

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