Writing your Documentary Logline is as important as the script itself. Here are logline examples that shows you how in a sentence or two describe your film so that producers and film investors immediately know what your #documentary is about.
The documentary logline should include the The Who, What, When, Why and How.
Here is an example of the documentary logline structure of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune:
The protagonist: 'Cult film director ..'
The goal of the protagonist: 'Cult film directors' ambitious film adaption ...'
The antagonist or obstacle: 'Cult film directors' ambitious film adaption of a seminal science fiction novel'
Examples of Top Box Office Documentary Loglines
America: Imagine the World Without Her
A story that questions the shaming of the US through revisionist history, lies and omissions by educational institution, political organizations, Alinsky, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other progressives to destroy America.
The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.
Grants for Documentary Funding
The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.
20,000 Days on Earth
Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.
A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.
Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.
One Direction: This Is Us
A look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry's meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena.
The Act of Killing
A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
Jackass: The Movie
Johnny Knoxville and his band of maniacs perform a variety of stunts and gross-out gags on the big screen for the first time.
Mistaken for Strangers
Tom Berninger chronicles his time spent on the road as a member of the tour crew for The National, the rock & roll band fronted by his brother, Matt.
A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.
Searching for Sugar Man
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez.
Sex Story: Fifty Shades of Grey
A look at the phenomenal success of novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Follows Justin Bieber with some footage of performances from his 2010 concert tour.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Kirby Dick's expose about the American movie ratings board.
Stories We Tell
A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
The life and career of the legendary Hollywood insider, Shep Gordon.
Physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time -- or perhaps their greatest failure.
An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.
See also Top Feature Film Logline Examples
Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.