So, Join Us! The SoCreate Screenwriting Platform Private Beta

Alli Unger
Help us revolutionize the art of screenwriting!

Over the last few months, we have been blogging a lot about our amazing team and screenwriting tips and tricks. However, today, we would like to switch it up and share a bit more about our NEW SoCreate screenwriting platform! 

Here at SoCreate, we have made it our mission to do things differently. Our screenwriting platform is unlike any other available screenwriting software. Although most of the features are still under wraps until closer to the launch of our Private Beta, we can tell you this much. With our platform, you will be able to: 

  • Easily manage your ENTIRE screenwriting project from inspiration to completion. 
    Eliminate jumping between your brain, paper notes, and multiple programs. The SoCreate platform allows you to do it all. From the moment you have your first idea, through the brainstorming process, the writing, the formatting, the editing, and the final product - you can do it all with us!
  • Forget the frustrations you've experienced with existing software.
    Some other software can sure be complicated and frustrating to use, but we are here to keep it simple. Everything from our user interface to our policies and procedures will be fun and easy to use. We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver our writers a clean, clear, and elegant platform!

  • Allow your creativity to flow in a new, unbounded way!
    You, the writers, are our guides and inspiration through this entire journey. In our research, we have worked closely with screenwriters just like you to understand varying processes and design our platform to serve the needs of screenwriters of all skill levels. It's time to stop letting software boundaries dictate how we write, and start letting our ideas take the reins!

We are in the process of building up our Private Beta list. Although our software is not quite ready for launch, we are planning to release our first rounds of beta this Spring. 

Don't miss out! Help us revolutionize the way screenplays are written. Get the earliest possible access to our platform by joining our beta list today. Use this blog's offer code: IMIN2017

We want perspective and feedback from as many writers as possible, so please tell your friends, family, and colleagues who also love to write all about us! Help us bring SoCreate to the world today!

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Cheers to you, writers!


How To Construct A Killer Logline

Condensing your 110-page screenplay into one sentence is no walk in the park. Writing a logline for your screenplay can be a daunting task, but a completed, polished logline is one of, if not THE most valuable marketing tool that you have for trying to sell your script. Construct a killer logline and wow those readers with the tips outlined in today's "How To" post!

How to Construct a Killer Logline

What Is A Logline?

Imagine you only had ten seconds to tell someone about your new script. What would you tell them? This quick, simplified explanation of your entire story is your logline.

Wikipedia defines a logline as a "A brief (usually one-sentence) summary of a television program, film, or book that states the central conflict of the story."

Why Do I Need One?

Creating a logline is an often tough, but necessary task for writers both pre- and post-production of their screenplays. During the writing process, a strong logline can help guide you and keep you focused. After you are done writing, a strong logline can help you get your screenplay read or sold.

A reader will often decide after reading or hearing the logline whether or not a screenplay is worth their time.

How Do I Write A Great One?

  • Don't forget the basics.

    All loglines should include your story's main character (protagonist), the opposing character of force (antagonist), the main character's goals and the stakes of achieving those objectives.

  • Carefully select each word.

    Nothing turns a reader away quicker than a dry logline. Make use of powerful action verbs and unique adjectives to describe your characters and plot events. Keep a Thesaurus handy for help and inspiration.

  • Be specific.

    Chances are there has been another screenplay written that is similar to yours. Be specific with your logline, and identify what makes your story different from others like it.

  • Avoid asking questions.

    Leave questions out of your logline. It is common for writers to want to use questions to increase suspense, but more often than not, they have the opposite effect. Readers can almost always assume the answer will be yes. There is no point telling a story if the audience already knows how it ends

  • Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

    Just like with your screenplay, your first draft won't be perfect. Embrace the rewriting and editing process. Ask trusted friends or collegues to review your logline and give you feedback. Keep rewriting until you have something you are proud to share.

Check Out These 10 Examples!

  1. The Godfather

    "The agin patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son."

  2. Pulp Fiction

    "The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of dinner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemtion."

  3. Jurassic Park

    "During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok."

  4. There's Something About Mary

    "A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date from back then was a complete disaster."

  5. The Matrix

    "A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers."

  6. Gladiator

    "When a Roman General is berayed, and his family is murdered by an emporor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge."

  7. The Sixth Sense

    "A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know why they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist."

  8. The Hangover

    "Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their missing friend before his wedding."

  9. Avatar

    "A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home."

  10. The Dark Night

    "When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice."

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Want to learn more?

Check out a couple more awesome sources on loglines:

Want to check out some more famous loglines?

Search for your favorite movie or TV show on IMDb! (That's what we did.) Most movies and shows will have a one-sentence description on their IMDb homepage!

Thanks for reading!

It's All About Who You Know: The Writer's Assistant Network

In Hollywood, it is REALLY all about who you know! Screenwriter, Brandon Tanori, has made it his mission to help other up-and-coming writers grow their careers through the Writers Assistants Network.

In our last blog post, we highlighted screenwriter and founder of the Writers Assistants Network, Brandon Tanori. If you haven't had a chance to read about Brandon and his journey to Hollywood, check it out here! But today, we will focus on the amazing networking group that Brandon and his team have built over the last four years - The Writers Assistants Network.

The Writers Assistants Network (WAN), founded in 2014, is an invaluable resource for support staffers working in Primetime TV. The Writers Assistants Network offers biannual mixers and writers workshops that serve as networking and learning opportunities for up and coming writers trying to "make it" in Hollywood. 

Writers Assistants Mixers

The Writers Assistants Mixer is an event that is near and dear to the SoCreate team's heart! We have the wonderful privilege of being the event sponsor which gives us the opportunity to show our support for industry support staff and promote our new screenwriting platform.

WAN has put on seven mixers to date (one in the Fall and one in the Spring) and continues to grow every year. These mixers are highly anticipated events by the entire support staff community. You can bet that if a show airs on primetime television and is written out of LA, there will be someone coming to the mixer from their office! This presents an extremely unique opportunity for industry literary assistants and network executive assistants to meet and talk with people who currently work on shows that they enjoy or aspire to work on someday. 

The mixers can oftentimes offer opportunities that you may not find at other networking events. You may walk away from the mixer with a new manager or a meeting with someone to discuss projects or job opportunities! Our SoCreate team is looking forward to supporting the writing community once again this fall at the November mixer!

Writer Workshops

In 2016, Brandon and the Writers Assistants Network created the WAN Writers Workshop after a friend convinced Brandon to put together and host a writers group. Just like the mixers, what started as a small project blossomed into a full-on writing workshop. The WAN Writers Workshop is a 12-week program that offers ten lucky writers the opportunity to workshop their material with established industry professionals including show runners, show creators, and other EP-level writers. At the end of the 12-week program when the script is at its absolute best, writers will have their material read and potentially repped by an agent from one of the major Hollywood companies.

The future of the WAN Writers Workshops is looking bright. 2018 is set to be an exciting year, according to Mr. Tanori! Among some other exciting developments, WAN is looking into extending its primary writers workshop and developing it into a SECOND workshop that is focused on diversity. 

How Can I Learn More? 

Interested in learning more about the Writers Assistants Network? Be sure to follow them on social media or sign up for their newsletter

We are so thankful for the connections that we have to the Writers Assistants Network! What Brandon and his team are doing for the writing community is truly terrific. 

It is a tough world out there in Hollywood. There are a lot of people who want to see you fail, but it is comforting to know that there are still genuine people and groups out there willing to lend a hand and help how they can. If you are an industry support staffer, we highly encourage you to learn more about the Writers Assistants Network. It could be the key to your big break! 

Cheers to you, writers!