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Logline Contest: We Have A Winner! Nov 01

There were some great entries to the logline contest, but there can be only one winner. And that winner is PlucharC!

Here’s the winning logline:

One man finds out how far he will go to find his girlfriend’s cat that he traded on Craigslist for a case of what he insists is really good beer.

PlucharC even came up with a great title: “Even Trade”

I can picture Zach Galifianakis being tasked by his girlfriend to find a good home for their cat that they’re forced to give up, and making a stupid, yet inspired, decision. It’s funny, original and sounds like a premise that could actually work if executed correctly.

Zach Galifianakis

"No seriously, it's *really* good beer."

Congrats PlucharC. You’ll receive an autographed copy of Michele Wallerstein’s book: “MIND YOUR BUSINESS: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career.” I’ll be in touch to collect your mailing information.

Thank you everyone for entering!

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9 Responses
  1. Andrew says:

    Hmm, I really don’t get this logline that just won. Is this a movie I would like to see? Nope.

    Does not read like a movie? Sorry, I find it soooooo($) one dimensional and boring.

    So Trevor, have another logline contest by Christmas. Hopefully a big budget one will win.

    Sorry man, I really did not like this logline for a movie to spend $10 dollars.

    This is my appeal to you. I demand a “recount” LOL.


  2. Trevor Mayes says:

    Haha! Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll be in the running next time.

    Nope, it’s not a big budget logline, but it sure was funny and original and felt like something that could actually be coming to a theater near you… and if executed correctly, with the right actor of course, could be a hit.

    Look at Zach Galifianakis’ upcoming movie — DUE DATE, also starring Robert Downey Jr. It’s basically a contrived reason to have two comic foils (and A-List Hollywood actors) stuck on a cross country trip together with some wacky adventures. Hilarity (and most likely box office success) ensues.

    I know I’ll be in line to buy a ticket.

  3. Scott says:

    Even Trade?

    I’d call it Save the Cat.

    Thank you! I’ll be here all week to punch up scripts…

  4. Andrew says:

    Trevor, Trevor, Trevor,

    I gave it serious thought – that logline really sucks.
    Sorry, just one writer to another writer, this is my honest opinion
    and I expect the same from you – and you liked it. I respect your opinion.

    But this winning logline – really SUCKS. Yes, SUCKS like a tarpit.

    Sorry- this is coming from a guy (ME!) who read and watched WATCHMEN over 20 times, my opinion might not matter, ever. So don’t pay too much attention to my opinion. It sucks too.
    But rest assure Zack Snyder’s Sucker Puch will not suck like this logline –

    Life sucks and happiness eludes us, and what few moments of pleasure we get … all, they don’t understand what it’s like being you, and what good would it …


  5. PlucharC says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for hosting the contest and for the book!

    Andrew, I’m sorry you didn’t like it!

  6. Trevor Mayes says:

    PlucharC — On behalf of Michele and I, you’re very welcome. Thanks for submitting such funny loglines — as that was key to the judging criteria for this particular contest.

    Andrew — that’s a lot of complainin’ for someone who didn’t even enter the contest. Which logline do you feel should have won?

  7. Andrew says:

    I was going to enter but changed my mind. I took my logline and got a group of freinds interested…. .0000000999999 % chance of them making it (ha!, YES I know, ideas are a dime a dozen, but so is faling in love with a stripper, lol)

    Anyways, before I get in trouble from the MODS, basically its an R-rated action-high concept- adventure-thriller and very dark. It will cost minimum 80 million dollars to make.

    Here is the logline that I did not enter –

    The marriages of three freinds – a model, a call girl, a nun – are tested after they discover they are all pregnant from the same man – a Russian sleuth.

  8. Hi Everyone: This contest was great fun for Trevor and me. There was a lovely spirit of enthusiasm and excitement from our contestants.
    I was so happy to send my signed book to PlucharC. His very funny log line, that properly included the selected words, was terrific. It was short and to the point.

    Congratulations to everyone who participated. Following through on an opportunity is one of the most important rules for success in Screenwriting!

    All the best,
    Michele Wallerstein

  9. Segun says:

    Congrats PlucharC… I feel bad I didn’t get to enter back then…

    Andrew, your logline that will cost 80 million dollars to make actually SUCKS… It just SUCKS… A nun and a call girl’s marriages threatened, cmon? For a guy that is quick to diss someone else’s work, I expected more from you… Sorry man, I think I’d go and see Even Trade anyday than go see just another dark thriller that will probably end like Watchmen…

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