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English term or phrase:log line
French translation:pitch
Entered by: Nikki Scott-Despaigne
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14:14 May 28, 2001
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: log line
log line (in movies)
VGP
Local time: 13:09
pitch
Explanation:
Cf Thierry Ardisson dans son émisison 'Tout le monde en parle" qui demande toujours à ses invités (stars de cinéma, écrivains etc. s'ils veulent faire le pitch pour leur nouveau film, livre!

1 - http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/5698/logline.html

WRITING A LOG LINE

The log line (also referred to as a pitch) has a practical function in that it gives the reader an idea of what your film is about, including genre.

Being able to write a log line is one of the hardest parts of the process. If you can't sum up your story in 3-4 lines, then it is quite possible that you don't know what it is about. And if you don't know, how will others know?

Spielberg said it best: "Pitch me, 25 words or less…"

A log line or pitch is the briefest explanation of your story and usually contains one to three sentences.

It contains the basic elements – the protagonist, the conflict, the antagonist and the genre.

Here are three examples of log lines which you can use as a guide to writing a log line for your own films:

"A cynically self-interested nightclub owner must decide whether to risk helping a former flame on the run from the Nazis."
(Casablanca)

"A headstrong farm-boy must learn to become a warrior in order to join a galactic rebellion against an evil empire."
(Star Wars)

"A stubborn, over-the-hill former gunfighter again straps on his pistols to try to make a living, but must contend with a sadistic small-town sheriff."
(Unforgiven)

A log line should always follow the following format:

PROTAGONIST (WITH ADJECTIVE)
PROTAGONIST'S FUNCTION
CONFLICT
ANTAGONIST

The above are just examples from Hollywood. If your log line stretches to three lines, not to worry. As long as it contains the above elements.

© euroscreenwriters 2000

2 - http://cours.cstj.net/511-411-p.l/lepitch.htm

Le pitch
Définition : (Angl.) La présentation verbale d'une histoire ou d'une idée dans le but d'obtenir du financement ou de la vendre. *
De quoi est composé un bon pitch ?
· Une introduction rapide (une phrase ou deux) qui retient l'attention de vos auditeurs;
· Un bref résumé de votre projet : sujet, but, approche technique, budget, ressources, durée, etc. (Cette portion peut être présentée à l'aide de matériel multimédia : illustrations, musique, mise-en-scène, vidéo, etc.);
· Un plan d'action pour toutes les éventualités possibles afin de sécuriser les investisseurs;
· Un mot final qui résume bien l'ensemble de votre présentation.
Comment faire un bon pitch ?
· Soyez intéressants, vivants et actifs. Souriez !
· Parlez clairement et dans un langage correct. Passez clairement mais rapidement d'une idée à l'autre dans un ordre logique et stimulant;
· Soyez prêts à répondre aux questions sans hésitation;
· Soyez prêt à distribuer des documents écrits : synopsis, plan d'action, etc.
Visionnement suggéré : The Player (Altman, 1992).
*Frank, Anne (Ed.), Telling it : Story and Script Development for Canadian Film and Television ,
Bantam Books of Canada Ltd, 1996




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Local time: 13:09
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Explanation:
Cf Thierry Ardisson dans son émisison 'Tout le monde en parle" qui demande toujours à ses invités (stars de cinéma, écrivains etc. s'ils veulent faire le pitch pour leur nouveau film, livre!

1 - http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/5698/logline.html

WRITING A LOG LINE

The log line (also referred to as a pitch) has a practical function in that it gives the reader an idea of what your film is about, including genre.

Being able to write a log line is one of the hardest parts of the process. If you can't sum up your story in 3-4 lines, then it is quite possible that you don't know what it is about. And if you don't know, how will others know?

Spielberg said it best: "Pitch me, 25 words or less…"

A log line or pitch is the briefest explanation of your story and usually contains one to three sentences.

It contains the basic elements – the protagonist, the conflict, the antagonist and the genre.

Here are three examples of log lines which you can use as a guide to writing a log line for your own films:

"A cynically self-interested nightclub owner must decide whether to risk helping a former flame on the run from the Nazis."
(Casablanca)

"A headstrong farm-boy must learn to become a warrior in order to join a galactic rebellion against an evil empire."
(Star Wars)

"A stubborn, over-the-hill former gunfighter again straps on his pistols to try to make a living, but must contend with a sadistic small-town sheriff."
(Unforgiven)

A log line should always follow the following format:

PROTAGONIST (WITH ADJECTIVE)
PROTAGONIST'S FUNCTION
CONFLICT
ANTAGONIST

The above are just examples from Hollywood. If your log line stretches to three lines, not to worry. As long as it contains the above elements.

© euroscreenwriters 2000

2 - http://cours.cstj.net/511-411-p.l/lepitch.htm

Le pitch
Définition : (Angl.) La présentation verbale d'une histoire ou d'une idée dans le but d'obtenir du financement ou de la vendre. *
De quoi est composé un bon pitch ?
· Une introduction rapide (une phrase ou deux) qui retient l'attention de vos auditeurs;
· Un bref résumé de votre projet : sujet, but, approche technique, budget, ressources, durée, etc. (Cette portion peut être présentée à l'aide de matériel multimédia : illustrations, musique, mise-en-scène, vidéo, etc.);
· Un plan d'action pour toutes les éventualités possibles afin de sécuriser les investisseurs;
· Un mot final qui résume bien l'ensemble de votre présentation.
Comment faire un bon pitch ?
· Soyez intéressants, vivants et actifs. Souriez !
· Parlez clairement et dans un langage correct. Passez clairement mais rapidement d'une idée à l'autre dans un ordre logique et stimulant;
· Soyez prêts à répondre aux questions sans hésitation;
· Soyez prêt à distribuer des documents écrits : synopsis, plan d'action, etc.
Visionnement suggéré : The Player (Altman, 1992).
*Frank, Anne (Ed.), Telling it : Story and Script Development for Canadian Film and Television ,
Bantam Books of Canada Ltd, 1996







    Reference: http://cours.cstj.net/511-411-p.l/lepitch.htm
    Reference: http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/5698/logline.html
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Local time: 13:09
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 882
Grading comment
Merci beaucoup. VG
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