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Logline Contest – READ AND VOTE!

So here you are… Some lovely loglines for you to vote on in the Chrimbo Holidays! Enjoy and please do give constructive criticism where you can (if in doubt as to what constitutes “constructive”, click here). I’ve posted as they were in the emails, no corrections etc – some are longer than 25 words. Do you disqualify them?? Well that’s up to you: you’re the judges people, not me!!

The poll will end on New Year’s Day. GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!


A LONG JOURNEY. A neglectful father and resentful son attempt to reconnect as they go on a wild Christmas journey in search of the mythic Christmas Tree. Annelie Widholm, Feature, Family Comedy

A LONG JOURNEY. A malicious stowaway on Santa’s sleigh must prove he’s good or the elves will leave him behind in a lawless village built for naughty children. Joe Cawley, Family Feature

TO THE GRAVE. In a feral future Britain an old man must travel back to his northern home town to take terrible vengeance for a long forgotten injustice. Rob Stickler, Sci Fi Action Feature

DEEP MID-WINTER. Deskbound Angus flees family Christmas enduring cancelled trains, freezing buses, hitching and hiking he reaches his now pensioner crofter schoolteacher. The hungry cows need feeding. Chip Tolson, Road Movie, Feature

A LONG JOURNEY. A shooting star on Christmas Eve inspires an orphaned reindeer to escape from a petting zoo to seek Santa at the North Pole . Sheikspear, Feature, Fantasy

A LONG JOURNEY. Are we there yet, mam? The unborn child can’t wait to be born to begin its proclamations, to the growing annoyance of the parents-to-be … Fi Benson, Dark Comedy, Short

A LONG JOURNEY. December 23rd 1943, James orders: Photograph rocket sites. To return and marry Kathy means taking risks. James’s dies, his 1943 letter arrives Christmas Eve 1993. Ghost Story; nice one tho, despite James’s ditching in the channel and Kathy dying in an air raid. They – and others all return as ghosts. And on their wedding day, the stranger dressed in a Luftwaffe uniform holding the wedding car door open for Kathy and James, salutes them. Ron Shears, TV script

A LONG JOURNEY. When Oil is discovered at the North Pole, a team of evil Prospectors are hunted by a vengeful Polar Bear. Eco-Jaws with fur! An enviro”mental” horror with claws. Mike G. Zealey


THE LAST DAY OF CHRISTMAS. A discredited scientist struggles to expose a Christian fundamentalist biological terror plot before the contaminated Christmas crackers are pulled. Caroline Henry, Feature, Thriller

CRACKERS. After finding a severed finger in his cracker, Geoffrey endeavours to return it to it’s owner on Christmas day, stumbling into adventure along the way. Leon Bell, Comedy-Drama, Feature

CRACKERS. A lost delivery of crack-loaded crackers? Blackmailed Santa Claus has 48 hours to find them before elfish Mr Big adds him to the naughty list. Tom Mitchell, Feature, Comedy

SANTA’S SIDEKICK. When Morgan, the dyslexic crow, gets his dream job helping poor, forgetful Santa, the world wakes up to an unusually brilliant Christmas. Anna Perera, Animation

CRACKERS. This Christmas, be careful what you pull… Two psychopathic sisters deliberately infect HIV with Christmas party one night stands. Sheikspear, Thriller, Feature

CRACKERS. One disgruntled cracker packer. One cracker with extra bang. Holly Mistletoe’s going to kiss them both goodbye before the Queen’s speech. Rach, Thriller, Feature

CRACKERS. After decades of watching the ice melt around his home, Santa Claus finally snaps and travels down to New York on a killing spree. A comedy “slay” ride. Mike G. Zealey

CRACKERS. When legendary Ten-pin bowler Sean le Penn’s arm is irreparably damaged in a freak cracker-pulling accident he must face the biggest challenge of his life and score a strike against the greatest foe he has ever faced, adversity. Alan Salisbury, Comedy, Feature


A CHANGE IN THE WEATHER. A workaholic TV weatherman gets more than expected when both his estranged, pregnant daughter, and the biggest storm in 50 years, show up for Christmas. Laura, Comedy Feature

WHO’S CHILD IS IT? After one hellacious Christmas eve Santa returns to the north pole where elves’ court determines who’s the father of the newborn found in his sleigh. Dennis Goldberg, Feature, Comedy

A CHILD IS BORN. A defrocked Priest regains his faith whilst trying to save the newborn Daughter of God from a Devil worshipping sect. Sheikspear, Feature, Thriller

A CHILD IS BORN. As Jose and Maria celebrate the arrival of their new baby, Saviour, a series of angels appear claiming paternity rights, including the brightest angel, Lucifer. Fi Benson, Short, Dark Comedy

GENE DELETED. Kidnapping the geneticist was the easy part. Now all she has to to do is create the ultimate weapon and free her imprisoned son. Elinor, Thriller, Feature

WORMWOOD. A suspicious young doctor takes matters into his own hands when he starts to believe that a child he helped to deliver is not human. Tom, Supernatural Thriller, Short


THE STOCKING KILLER. Christopher Mass hates Christmas. Against advice from his psychiatrist, he descends into his own tinselly hell to discover who is bumping off department store Santas. Chip Smith, Comedy Thriller, Feature

DEAD BEAT IN DAKOTA. “Christmas Eve, New York: John Lennon, desperate to recover his Muse, feverishly conjures her up – and three ghosts he must face, to win her back.” Norman Revill, Feature

THE WHISPERING DARK. A man travels to an isolated village where he struggles to discover the truth about the mysterious encounter that drove his folklore-obsessed grandfather insane. Tom, Supernatural Thriller, Feature

NEMESISTER. A boy is convinced his younger sister has acquired evil superpowers so he desperately tries to stop her before she destroys the family, and herself.
Danny Stack and Sam Morrison, Family/Comedy Feature

DICKENS ON WOMEN. The story Charles Dickens never dared tell. His own. David Anderson, Historical Romance Feature.

CONFRONTATIONS AND REVELATIONS. After getting married over Thanksgiving weekend, a rich CEO learns that his new wife is a single mother of three. Robert Hogan, Comedy, Feature

NAILED. An adulterous trophy wife believes she’s in the clear when she meets her blackmailer’s demands, only to discover there’s a far higher price to pay. Alexandra Denye, Short, Thriller

CONFRONTATIONS AND REVELATIONS. A young Priest descended from Christ’s bloodline confronts Satan via a coded passage in the book of Revelations. Sheikspear, Feature, Horror

SECRET CHRISTMAS. Christmas is dead. The renegade celebrants imprisoned. But Grace Goodyear stubbornly ‘believes’; soon she’s ‘Most Wanted’ and accidental rebel leader. The fight for Christmas begins… Andrew Bernhardt, Family Feature

LAST TANGO IN RUSHOLME. A group of amateur ballroom dancers fight to save their practice hall from the clutches of anunscrupulous developer at Christmas. Pete Spencer, Comedy-Drama, Feature

HOPES AND FEARS. When an escaped psychiatric prisoner takes refuge in a dentist’s office on Christmas Eve, his hostages are forced to confront their own hopes and fears. David Bishop, TV Drama


STARLIGHT. A stranded, self-obsessed movie actress rediscovers her lost values when she reluctantly agrees to star in small town’s Christmas pageant. Sheikspear, Rom-Com, Feature

STARLIGHT. It’s Christmas Eve. Goldie, Frank and Myrtle, insurance agents specialising in victim compensation, see a bright light shining to the East. They follow it … Fi Benson, Dark Comedy, Short

STARLIGHT. Night time burns on Twinkle and the fuzzybeams have eaten all the starblock. So Bunny Carrot-top’s gonna make the Candyfloss Run to save their skin. Rach, Sci Fi Animation Short


Sorry guys, couldn’t decide where these went and you didn’t tell me! 🙂

SANTA’S SACK. When a depressed Santa and Mrs Claus face sexual dysfunction difficulties they turn to renowned LA plastic surgeon, Dr Biggar Knobs, to help out Santa and save Xmas. Will Santa get his hole in time to pop down some chimneys? The marvellous Dublin Dave aka DD, Short Film

UNTITLED. Santa has traveled a million miles to deliver your gifts this Christmas. He just wishes he’d remembered his trousers. Dom

Thanks to the prolific Bang2writer Chris Younger for the following:

SANTA’S SWEATSHOP. Elves make all the toys, right? WRONG! Every year Santa stops time, kidnaps all the naughty children and forces them to work in his sweatshop making all the toys for Christmas, and some Nike trainers to give Santa some drinking money. Not a comedy. Santa could be Chris Walken or Anthony Hopkins.

SAINT NICKED. While on a secret drinking spree, Santa is arrested for drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer. When he can’t prove who he is, he’s sent to Guantanamo bay as a terror suspect. Hilarity does not ensue! Think Midnight Express meets Miracle on 34th street.

NORTH POLE DANCER (An educational drama). A stripper stows away aboard Santa’s sleigh and taken back to the pole. There she teaches the elves how to pole dance and makes them realize that Christmas doesn’t have to be wholesome, it can be sleazy too!
Alternatively, change stripper to prostitute and call it “Ho! Ho! Ho!”. 😉

NORTH POLE NIGHTS. David Hasslehoff is Santa! While the elves make presents, Santa solves crime with the aid of his ex-alcoholic sidekick Rudolph. Is someone stealing all the ice or is global warming for real? A buddy comedy.

THE NIGHT THE REINDEER DIED. Terrorists invade the north pole, massacre the reindeer, behead the elves and hold Santa as a hostage. Who can save Christmas? Van Damme? Seagal? Chuck? Britney? Rooney?


As you will see, quite a few didn’t specify a title or used the theme-as-title, so watch out when you’re voting that you vote for the RIGHT one! ; )

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16 thoughts on “Logline Contest – READ AND VOTE!”

  1. Oooooh, love these things! Didn’t get my arse into gear for writing a logline this time, sorry ‘bowt that, but let’s see…

    Eye catching ones for me are:

    NEMESISTER. You can tell Danny and his writing partner are pros with that, gives us all we need to know at this point and is intriguing enough for me to want to know more at the same time.

    NAILED. I like this a lot, makes me think of FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES for some reason, though the “higher price to pay” seems a little too vague, I want to know a little more, but otherwise, nice pitch.

    However though those were my “highly commended”, I voted for
    Anna’s SANTA’S SIDEKICK. I’m a sucker for animation at the best of times but Xmas is perfect and I love the story behind this.

    To everyone else who were more organised than me in getting a logline in – well done!

  2. No probs Lady Muck! Happens to the best of us and I am queen of all Dozy Mares… ; )

    Thanks for that feedback Anya – will see if something is wrong with the poll, though it’s most likely to be a blogger thing. Trying again later is the most likely remedy I would think.

  3. Like anya, I apologize to Lucy for not getting an entry in this time.
    It’s difficult to choose just one logline but I’m rooting for the orphaned reindeer who escapes the zoo to find Santa in the North Pole.
    This logline is so well written because one can visualize the entire story in the logline alone.

    Imagine his lonely existence, living in a petting zoo (certainly filled with bratty children tugging his ears), his desire to find a home, then inspired by a shooting star he decides to escape on a journey to find Santa – who we all know loves reindeers.
    Very sweet. I hope the little guy makes it, don’t you?

  4. A few of these seem a little fragmented… I like the notion of Ron’s ghostly WW2 figures at weddings for example, but not really sure it’s a logline as such, think we need some of this information clarified more.

    Think my vote will go to Peter’s Tango in Rusholme… The conflict is clear and it’s got a “nunscrupulous” developer in it! ; )

  5. Well done Lucy for urging us all to create all these interesting concepts!
    My vote goes to DICKENS ON WOMEN.
    I liked David Anderson’s economical use of words.
    Does just what it says on the tin
    My very close runner up is Fi Benson’s STARLIGHT, reads like a quirky dark laugh.
    (Thanks to AnneOfCleves for voting for my STARLIGHT logline. Anne, I’ll let you know if the little Reindeer makes it…)

  6. Thanks for the comp, Lucy – good fun and interesting ideas. I’ve enjoyed several, Last Tango In Rusholme suggests much laughter, on balance go for Fi and her three entries and voted for the angels squabbling over paternity.

  7. Thank you, Sheikspear, for your (much-needed!) kind words about my Dickens logline. I’m actually developing this idea right now as a spec TV script. Once again, Lucy gives me a creative boot up the butt!

    My personal favourite of these loglines is Peter’s Last Tango in Rusholme. I can see lots of fun in this one.

    Well done everyone who entered. Let’s see if we can take these ideas further in the new year.

    Dave Anderson.

  8. I cannot resist the wonderfully grotesque image of a severed finger in a Christmas cracker so my vote goes to Crackers by Leon Bell.

    Good stuff.

  9. As one of the few on the last day with ‘Nil Pwunts’ well done to the winner – and the good news is I have rewritten the Logline and drafted a Treatment – what fun Christmas can be.

  10. Bad luck Nonny Mouse on not getting any points, but the poll ends roughly at midday tmw so there’s still time yet! Great news though that you’ve got so much done over Xmas, that’s way more than I’ve done…

  11. Whew. Made it in time. Lots of good ones but it was Fi’s paternity one that got my vote. That floozy Mary has some explaining to do.

  12. It’s a no-brainer:

    A LONG JOURNEY. A shooting star on Christmas Eve inspires an orphaned reindeer to escape from a petting zoo to seek Santa at the North Pole . Sheikspear, Feature, Fantasy

    Oh, and I’m already halfway through the treatment… 😉

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