A micro pitch, also known as a logline, is a short summary of a script. It is a single sentence of ideally 25 words or less that sums up your entire picture. It should hook the reader in, entice them to read more, find out or maybe invest in your idea.
The micro pitch serves two main purposes. For the writer it focuses and distills the ideas contained within a feature film script. When writing it stops them straying away from the core narrative. When it comes to selling the script it helps to grab the attention of the reader and encourages them to read on.
The micro pitch is often starting point for the whole production. Provided by one of you not only will it form the basis of the script but it will win you a guaranteed share of any potential future profits.
Below are a couple of examples of micro pitches and their respective films:
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by a corrupt prince, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
A precocious private high school student whose life revolves around his school competes with its most famous and successful alumnus for the affection of a first grade teacher.
An Epic tale of a 1940s New York Mafia family and their struggle to protect their empire, as the leadership switches from the father to his youngest son.
In Hollywood they say that you can make a bad film out of a good script but you can never make a good film out of a bad script.
Make sure you start your script the best possible way.