At FiLMLaB, the experiment is you!

Tuesday night. You're in your pajamas, streaming the latest season of MASTER OF NONE. Or GILMORE GIRLS. Or--no judgement--POWER RANGERS: TURBO. About four episodes in, the "Keep Watching" box pops up. If it has been one of those weeks, click the button.

But if you've ever wondered what it is like being on the end of a television show, then this might be your year.

FiLMLaB, Willamette Writers Script to Screen Contest, is heading into its sixth year, and this year we're making some changes.


At FiLMLaB the winner is awarded the ultimate prize: getting their script made into a professional-quality film. But this year, inspired by our desire to see more winners involved in the final product (and by our own Netflix binges), we decided to take the contest to the next level.

This year, FiLMLaB is going to make a pilot for an episodic web series.

Don't know a thing about writing for TV? Don't have an idea for a show? We will help with that. The program will include a "Writing for Television 101" bootcamp, then we'll open for submissions and will select a winner and a writers room.

The winner will get the opportunity to workshop their own webisode concept into a pilot. The runner ups will work together with the winner in a "writer's room" led by a real-life, industry show runner to polish and focus the concept. Together, they will write the final pilot that will be shot by FiLMLaB.

Meet Showrunner F.J. Pratt

F.J. Pratt has been a television comedy writer for twenty-five years, starting on the writing staff for network shows including “Frasier,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy; “Ellen,” the “coming out” season; and ABC’s “Less Than Perfect.” For three years, he was the Executive Producer/Showrunner of “Sullivan & Son” on TBS. F.J. has developed shows for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, Dreamworks, Imagine Entertainment, and Disney. For the past five years, F.J. has been an adjunct professor at the John Wells Division of Writing for the Screen & Television at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and now F.J. has agreed to lend his talents to become FiLMLaB’s first “showrunner.”

Win and F.J. will coach you to a final product.

Announcing Kickoff Workshop of with Randall Jahnson.

The Kickoff Workshop of will be online and FREE. Spots are limited, so sign up now.


So, go ahead. Watch that next "Shadow Rangers" episode. But if you're ready to bring your own TV vision to life, click here to get involved.

Complete rules and guidelines for FiLMLaB are coming soon. Join us on our Facebook page to stay up-to-date.

From the FiLMLaB Blog

Down to the Wire for the Willamette Writers FiLMLaB Script to Screen Competition

By Jenny Schrader | December 19, 2013

OK. This is it. Well, not really. But this is it for the early bird registration for the Script to Screen Competition. You have less than two weeks to get your script in for a measly $20 ($25 for non-WW members), and it can’t take you that long to write a seven page script, can…

2013 FiLMLaB Winner – Coffee. Table. Book.

By Ruth Witteried | November 1, 2013

2013 Winning Script – “Inspiration” (renamed COFFEE. TABLE. BOOK. in post-production) by Barbara Thomas

A Quick Preview of 2014 FiLMLaB Script to Screen Competition

By Ruth Witteried | October 21, 2013

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

By Ruth Witteried | October 7, 2013

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

By Ruth Witteried | October 1, 2013

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…

FiLMLaB Reunion At OIFF

By Ruth Witteried | September 23, 2013

Saturday night found a reunion of the 2012 FiLMLaB cast and crew at The Press Club, a cool little bistro across the street from the Clinton Street Theater where Alis Volat Propriis (written by Haley Isleib) was due to premier that night. For some of us, it had only been a few weeks since we…

She Flies With Her Own Wings

By Ruth Witteried | September 16, 2013

The question I get most about Alis Volat Propriis, the FiLMLaB/Ampersand production directed by Christopher Alley, is how the finished film compares to the script I wrote. If you scroll down in this blog and read the post by 2013 winner Barbara Thomas, you know the FiLMLaB Script-to-Screen process is, like any good collaboration, not…

2012 FiLMLaB A Winner at OIFF

By Ruth Witteried | August 26, 2013

by Ruth Witteried If you follow FiLMLaB or Willamette Writers on Facebook, then you already know that our 2012 FiLMLaB short, Alis Volat Propriis (written by Haley Isleib) was accepted into the Oregon Independent Film Festival in Portland and Eugene. To add to that good news, we found out last week that it wasn’t just…

A Winner Weighs In On FiLMLaB

By Ruth Witteried | August 12, 2013

A Winner Weighs in on FiLMLaB by Barbara Thomas First, I’d like to thank Ruth Witteried for the opportunity to blog about my conference experience. It’s a second draft, so to speak, of all the not-terribly-eloquent things I said during the Willamette Writers Conference. Throughout the weekend I was asked “How does it feel to watch…

A FiLMLaB Inspiration

By Ruth Witteried | August 5, 2013

by Ruth Witteried     The second annual FiLMLaB short, Inspiration, made its debut last Friday night at the Willamette Writers Conference. Scheduled from 7-9 pm, I spent most of the hours preceding it worrying whether author Barbara Thomas would actually arrive in time for her own premier! Flying in from Dallas that afternoon, with…