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2014 FiLMLaB: Special Thanks

Are you recovered from the Willamette Writers Conference? Recovered is not the right word, at least not for attendees. Attendees usually finish the three day conference, tired, but elated, full of creative energy and invigorating possibility. If you are a conference organizer or volunteer, recovered is exactly the right word. This year was a particular…

The ‘Guests’ of FiLMLaB’s “Unwelcome Guests”

This is it. The final few days before the FiLMLaB premier of 2014’s winning short, Unwelcome Guests, at the Willamette Writers Conference. If you weren’t aware, the conference has moved this year, from our long time post at the Airport Sheraton, to the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel. WW President, Jenny Schrader gave me the grand…

The Benefits of Being A Ghost: A Writer On Set At FiLMLaB

Being the screenwriter on set is fun as long as you know what you’re in for. If this was a Mozart symphony production, the screenwriter would be the composer and the director would be the conductor. It’s up to the conductor to translate Mozart’s scribbles on paper into music for the ears, music created by…

Serendipity and Synchronicity at FiLMLaB 2014

How has the FiLMLaB 2014 experience been so far? The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of serendipity and synchronicity. One of the first things I was told at the first production meeting was that now that I’d won the contest, we can pretty much do whatever we want to make as good a…

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…

FiLMLaB Open House

On Sunday, February 9th, 2014, from 2-5 pm, Willamette Writers and Ampersand Productions will host an Open House at the Cynthia Whitcomb House for Writers. This will give all of our screenwriters a chance to visit the site where the FiLMLaB Script to Screen Competition will be filmed. You’ll have an opportunity to explore the individual writing…

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…

A Winner Weighs In On FiLMLaB

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     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…

We Made a Hat!

When I got the call back in May that my script had won the FiLMLaB competition, I was ecstatic. FiLMLaB offers what I consider the most rewarding prize possible; the opportunity to put one’s work in front of an audience. The film that will be shown next month in Portland though, isn’t the film I…