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Logline 200 - Pluto

A mission to the edge of the universe finds a strange realm that seems to be populated by Earth's dead. When leaving proves more difficult than arriving, the crew starts to wonder if they really did fly there - or if they're all dead.

Logline 199 - Maiden

When his family moves to rural Maine, a teenager meets the spirit of a young girl who had drowned in the lake. She slowly seduces him into helping her drown others, claiming it will help her move on to the next life.

Logline 198 - Molehill

The prom queen, bored to tears in the summer before college, makes it her project to get her overweight loser classmate in shape for college.

Logline 197 - Just to Try It

A pair of deli workers kill a man, just to see what it's like. The guilt proves more intrusive than they expected, and they both deal with the stress in different ways.

Logline 196 - & Associates

A rookie lawyer stumbles upon a massive scandal at her new firm; when it's made clear she can't stop it, she decides the only option she has is to kill everyone involved.

Logline 195 - The Chauffeur

An elderly french tourist visiting Florida gets carjacked and forced to drive a group of bank robbers in a massive police chase.

Logline 194 - I'd Like to Tell You

A white-collar wageslave starts his new job after a year-long soul-searching trip across South America, but has trouble adjusting to normal life again.

Logline 193 - Sam's a Boss

A high school sophomore switches schools due to being bullied, and does his best to reinvent himself at his new school.

Logline 192 - The Size of the Fight

When an international assassin's brother dies, he gives up the game to take in his niece and nephew. But he's still got his share of enemies...

Logline 191 - Once in a While

A newly widowed seamstress leaves the big city to retire to a quiet village, taking her three children with her. All four of them have trouble adapting to life without their husband and father, and without city comforts, and struggle to find where they fit in this new life.

Logline 190 - Brutal

A 7-foot-tall brawler who's never lost a fight declares that he'll take all challengers. When a 5-foot-nothing twerp with a chip on his shoulder takes the challenge, rather than crushing him, the brawler takes him as a student.

Logline 189 - The Dragonslayers

A group of thieves and criminals prepare for the ultimate heist: stealing from a stellar dragon's planet full of treasure, right under the dragon's nose. However, when the dragon wakes up on the warpath mere days before they can launch their heist, they realize they're the only ones in the galaxy who are prepared enough to kill the dragon before it can wreak its havoc.

Logline 188 - Or Alive

When an infamous bandit turns himself in for the reward money, the sheriff has to decide if the bandit really does want the money to help his sick family, or if there's something more nefarious in the works.

Logline 187 - The Pack

When a vigilante starts hunting members of a violent gang, the gang leader has to resort to desperate measures to save his friends.

Logline 186 - 18 hours, 22 minutes

An Antarctic research team loses contact with the rest of the world, bit by bit. They struggle to determine what's happening, if it's going to happen to them, and what they should do about it.

Logline 185 - Sooner or Later

An elite psychic agent works to prevent a nuclear holocaust by killing the leaders of the free world. Meanwhile, a counter-psychic works to stop her - whether by force, or persuasion.

Logline 184 - The Businessman's Son

When a high-stakes salesman's son is kidnapped, she runs the negotiation like one of her sales - to the kidnappers' chagrin.

Logline 183 - Really?

When a a kid sees his next door neighbor robbing a convenience store, rather than turn him in, he blackmails him into helping with chores and homework. And when he needs some extra money, he knows who can help him find some...

Logline 182 - The Empty Throne

An heirless queen abandons her throne to risk his life slaying the dragon that's terrorized his people.

Logline 181 - White Peace

Two warring lords, once childhood friends, both press for peace, but their vassals refuse to forgive their enemies.

Logline 180 - Trust Me

A homeless man who lives in the woods finds a pile of dead bodies - but the only people who believe him think he's the one who killed them.

Logline 179 - Embarrassed to Even Ask

The biggest nerd in the world is worshipped by legions of geeks, has two wildly successful podcasts, his own board game company, and is completely miserable. But a chance encounter with an insecure gym rat - who loves his work - gives him a chance to reinvent himself.

Logline 178 - Fuel for the Fire

A lone hiker starts hearing voices in campfires, urging him to start more fires.

Logline 177 - Service Animal

When a civilian gets blinded in a warzone, it's up to his faithful dog to get him to safety.

Logline 176 - To Each His Own

When a retired clown being held hostage accidentally ends up arrested with the robbers holding him, he winds up being the only one with the unique skills necessary to break them all out.

Logline 175 - Hair of the Dog

When a hitman's mob boss won't let him retire, he retires anyway - and just keeps killing everyone sent after him.

Logline 174 - Empyrean Blue

A spy deep behind enemy lines sets up a cover identity as an itinerant farmhand... And winds up liking their fake life more than their real one.

New 3-page treatment!

So, I'm doing more than just loglines again. I'll say one more time, I'm not sticking to any particular schedule anymore (other than trying to keep with a logline every weekday), so I don't promise a new one each week or anything like that. I am already working on my next one, though, so we'll see what happens.

3-Page 27 - By the Sword

Did I actually write the logline for this one? I actually don't think I did. Oh well. Basically, this is just an idea I head for a first act, and then I came up with the rest of the movie to go with it. Very bottle-episodey, maybe should be a play instead of a movie, but whatever.

Logline 173 - Victim

An international sensation: teenage kidnap victim escapes, beats kidnappers to death. But adjusting to life as a killer - even a popular, justified one - proves to be the greater challenge.

Logline 172 - The How

When a revolutionary accidentally kills her entire team while making a bomb, she goes off the rails and stops caring about anything but the Cause.

Logline 171 - Big Shark

When a rookie saleswoman lands the biggest sale of the decade, she has to fight tooth and claw to keep the credit for herself - without losing the sale to the company's competitors.

Logline 170 - Destined

When the prince destined to save the world from a great evil dies in a training accident, his peasant lover sets out to slay the evil herself.

Logline 169 - It Ain't So Bad

An elderly doctor enters hospice care, ready to die, and he winds up having a great time. No stress, round-the-clock care... if only he weren't dying.

Logline 168 - The 'Zine

A bored high school teacher starts a subversive magazine with his detention students. Things get complicated when they become a nationwide success.

Logline 167 - The Peace of the Grave

When the greatest of the Five Martial Masters embarks on a quest to kill the other four, his niece travels with him in an effort to persuade him to stop - or at least understand why he's doing it.

Logline 166 - The Deep Places

When a 20th century hunter unwittingly kills the god of the island he's visiting, the dark spirits in the water are unleashed.

Logline 165 - Smash Hit

When a former action star beats up a dude in a barfight, he develops a taste for real violence, and soon finds himself in a world of underground fighting, and even outright murder.

Logline 164 - Staunch Supporter

An important politician runs away, hiding from his responsibilities in a small rural town in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile, a wannabe blogger finds fame leading the search.

Logline 163 - The Smuggler

An imprisoned pirate with a knack for violence is offered a full pardon if he smuggles the crown prince safely through enemy territory.

Logline 162 - Buffalo

A retired sheriff kills a murderous bandit; but when he finds the bandit's two starving kids, he takes them in as his own.

Logline 161 - Oracle

When a deep-space exploration crew finds their own ship from one month in the future, drifting in space with themselves dead inside, they have to figure out what happened before the month is up.

Logline 160 - The Complete Idiot's Guide to Demonology

A girl and her brother summon a demon just to see if they can. Once it's there, though, they have their hands full stopping it from being destructive and evil.

Logline 159 - A Matter of Time

When a band of guerilla scouts see that the military is on its way to their base in overwhelming force, they have to get back first in order to warn their brothers.

Logline 158 - Failure of Imagination

A wandering gun-for-hire agrees to spare his target in exchange for payment, but soon finds it difficult to keep his former target from revealing he's actually alive.

What I'm doing

This blog is basically just a place for me to post whatever I'm working on, because pretending other people are reading it makes it easier for me to stick to a structure.

Logline 157 - How Small a Spark

When an office drone finds an unaddressed note implying his wife is having an affair, he lays waste to his life looking for proof that may not even exist.

Logline 156 - Heartstrings

A struggling performer stows away on a foreign trading vessel, and rebrands himself as an outcast royal. Things get tricky, though, when a wave of sympathy leads to calls for his host nation to help him take back his throne.

Logline 155 - No Man is an Island

After both of their wives die, a man and his father move in together and have to adjust to their new life together.

Logline 154 - Bleed

When a paramedic on his way home from work gets caught in the middle of a gang shootout, he soon finds himself shanghaied into patching up wounded gang members on the frontlines.

Logline 153 - Apostate

When a reviled villain returns to her long-abandoned monastery, claiming repentance, her victim's former apprentice has to decide if she's truly had a change of heart, or if it's all part of another plot.


I've been working on a screenplay with my wife, tentatively titled Figment. It's about an illusionist who takes his dead rival's daughter as his apprentice. We're almost done with the first draft, and it's been a novel experience in a couple ways I thought were worth writing about.
First, this is the first thing I've written with a partner, and it's the first time my wife has officially done any writing. I've been trying to convince her to give it a shot sometime because of how big a role she has in my writing anyway; I told her, she doesn't have to do half the work, just a little bit more than she was doing already, and she'd deserve a spot on the cover page.
So I am doing most of the work, especially on the first draft. We talked out the outline together a lot, and now I've been doing the actual writing, while we discuss what I've written occasionally. The plan is for her to take a larger role in the editing; it'll basically still …

Logline 152 - Rat

After a dead underboss's daughter convinces the Family that the boss responsible for her father's death is a rat, she has to find the real rat before the Family figures out her lie.