Ruth Witteried

As Visual Media Director, Ruth Witteried works with all programs based in the visual arts, including screenwriting and film production. As Executive Director of the FiLMLaB competition and project, she produced the 2012 FiLMLaB short, Alis Volat Propriis, winner of the 2013 OIFF Best Comedic Short; 2013′s Coffee.Table.Book.; 2014's Unwelcome Guests, and in 2015, The Return of Bug Eyed Bill. She acted as Film Coordinator for the Willamette Writers Conference from 2011-2013 and occasionally teaches screenwriting at Clark College. She currently is Executive Director of Willamette Writers' FiLMLaB. You can follow her on Twitter @sityourassdown1 or Facebook at FiLMLaB. Contact her. (visualmedia@willamettewriters.org)

Top Five Finalists for 2014 FiLMLaB

While we wait to find out who our Grand Prize Winner will be for the 2014 Willamette Writers FiLMLaB competition, you might be interested in learning more about our top five finalists:   Xavier Chavez is a screenwriter that has been active in a local screenwriters’ group and volunteering with the Willamette Writers’ Conference. He is experimenting…

BREAKING NEWS: LUKE RYAN NAMED CEO, THE ALCHEMISTS

Luke Ryan, a perennial favorite at the Willamette Writers Conference is now CEO. Check it out: http://www.thewrap.com/luke-ryan-ceo-the-alchemists-brazilian-company   Fortunately for us, Luke loves Willamette Writers and will once again be joining us this August at the Doubletree Hotel. Is your project right for The Alchemists? Find out at the conference!

FilmLab Finalists Chosen

Congratulations to all who submitted their short scripts into the 2014 Willamette Writers FiLMLaB Competition! Our first round judges had their work cut out for them! But in the end, they were able to narrow it down to these top five finalists (in alphabetical order): BEK by Elisa Graybill MIDNIGHT KISS by Xavier Chavez SIX MONTHS OF WONDER WOMAN…

FiLMLaB Update

Monday we’ll make our announcement with the names of the TOP FIVE FINALISTS. Our LA judges will read and rank these top five scripts. Film Chair Mary Andonian will personally contact winners to let them know when they will hear from Film Production Coordinator Jackie Blain (who will provide production notes) and Ampersand Productions. (Director Christopher…

COUNTDOWN TO FiLMLaB COMPETITION!

FiLMLaB’s Script to Screen Competition Closes at Midnight, March 1, 2014. Thanks to all of you who came to the Open House last Feb 8 to check out our set location. Whoever wins the FiLMLaB script to screen competition will have his/her script filmed at the Willamette Writers’ Cynthia Whitcomb House in West Linn! Contest Closes this…

A Quick Preview of 2014 FiLMLaB Script to Screen Competition

Before I can tell you guys anything about the latest and greatest FiLMLaB script to screen competition, I first need to say thank you to Ruth Witteried. I know I have ginormous shoes to fill. I hope I can do half the job you have done these last few years. *Sniff* Okay, let’s get down to…

Three New Things in FiLMLaB

We had two pieces of good news this weekend from FiLMLaB AD Tony Forsyth. Item #1: the little film that could, Alis Volat Propriis, was accepted into the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival November 8-10 in Hood River, Oregon. You will remember Alis from previous columns as our 2012 FiLMLaB experiment and more recently as OIFF’s 2013 Best…

Screenwriting Tips

Willamette Writers encourages writers of all genres to enter the FiLMLaB Competition–even those who have never written a screenplay before. Screenwriting has generally accepted conventions and guidelines. Below are some valuable resources as well as links and screenwriting tips to make your short screenplay the best it can be: Our weekly FiLMLaB blog offers tips about…