By Ruth Witteried
It is a beautiful May Monday, following a stunning weekend where many of us salmon bellied Portlanders stepped away from our writing to get outside and soak up some free vitamin D. Whether you found yourself fishing on the Columbia, biking along the Willamette or tending your garden . . . .
Okay, enough of that nonsense.
You’re here to get news, specific news regarding the final outcome of our short screenwriting contest. Our Celebrity Judges have spoken. Without further ado, the 2013 FiLMLab Script-to-Screen winning script is:
“INSPIRATION” by Barbara Thomas! Her script about a writer resorting to extraordinary measures when his favorite writing spot is threatened, won over our judges with its strong imagery and unique style. In the coming weeks, Barbara will have the opportunity to work closely with director Christopher Alley to see her vision realized as pre-production and filming begin, and to debut her short film at the Willamette Writers Conference.
On behalf of the Judges, the Conference Committee and Willamette Writers Board, I congratulate all of our finalists for submitting inventive scripts within the very limiting constraints of the contest, and making our judges job harder for them. Join us in congratulating all of them with special congratulations for our winner, Barbara Thomas, on a job well done.
Best of luck, Barbara, as FiLMLaB moves forward with your script!
Ruth Witteried is Film Coordinator for the Willamette Writers Conference and Excecutive Producer of last year’s winning short, “Alis Volat Propriis.” She teaches Introduction to Screenwriting at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. You can follow her on Facebook at SitYourAssDown, or on Twitter @sityourassdown1.