FiLMLaB Introduces The Three Amigos!

You have a lot to do this month. December can be hectic, noisy and distracting; not at all conducive  to your writing schedule. You get through the month as best you can, scribble a page or two between shopping and wrapping and swear to do better in the New Year. Maybe you even take a bold step and attend the #FiLMLaB kickoff on January 6th and vow to toss your hat in the ring and write your first short script. On January 7th you realize: This shit is hard.

But fear not. To paraphrase The Three Amigos:

Lucky Day
Wherever there is writer’s block, you will find us.

Ned Nederlander
Wherever there are too many pages, we’ll be there.

Dusty Bottoms
Wherever short form is threatened, you will find…..

Lucky Day, Ned Nederlander, Dusty Bottoms
The Three Amigos!

FiLMLaB’s very own Three Amigos are here to help. On Saturday, January 10th, Screenwriter Randall Jahnson, Director Martin Vavra and 2014 FiLMLaB winner Jon Dragt are combining their talents for a one time only Short Form Workshop at Robinwood Station in West Linn.

Randall Jahnson

Randall Jahnson

Martin Vavra

Martin Vavra

Jon Dragt, author of Unwelcome Guests

Jon Dragt

In this two and a half hour class Randall will utilize Jon’s original winning script  as a tutorial (as well as his post-win rewrites based on director notes) in form while Martin takes you through the director’s process of script evaluation, identifying problems, creating shot lists and storyboarding. Jon will be there to provide a first hand account of his own experience in the (FiLM) lab and share his advice of facing your own, personal El Guapo:

Lucky Day
In a way, all of us has an El Guapo to face. For some, shyness might be their El Guapo. For others, a lack of education might be their El Guapo. For us, El Guapo is a big, dangerous man who wants to kill us. But as sure as my name is Lucky Day, the people of Santa Poco can conquer their own personal El Guapo, who also happens to be the actual El Guapo!

El Guapo, for writers, takes many forms: indecision, insecurity, lack of ideas, too many ideas, fear of failure to name just a few. When tackling a new form like short scripts an army of El Guapos may take up residence to thwart, intimidate, or otherwise shut down your creative process. FiLMLaB’s Three Amigos will help you to treat your El Guapos like the “… sons of motherless goats…” they are.

The Experiment Begins: Short Form Workshop
Saturday, January 10, 2015
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Robinwood Station
3706 Cedaroak Dr, West Linn, OR 97068
Members fee:  $15.00 Non-Members fee: $20.00

*Advance registration required (so we can get the scripts to you!)

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. ( 


  2 comments for “FiLMLaB Introduces The Three Amigos!

  1. December 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I want to know which one is which… I’m guessing Randall’s playing Lucky Day?

    • Ruth Witteried
      December 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Well, we’ll let you decide how the cast FiLMLaB’s Three Amigos….all very versatile fellows to be sure!

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