Tag Archive for FilmLab

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…

New This Year At The Conference

by Ruth Witteried With no new FiLMLaB updates to report I’m going to take this opportunity to write about what’s new at  the upcoming Willamette Writers Conference, August 1-4 at the Airport Sheraton Hotel. First off, notice I refer to four days of conference, not the traditional three. That is because things are happening on…

IT’S L.A. ALL OVER AGAIN – NOT!

by Randall Jahnson I felt like I was back in L.A. It was a hot Friday afternoon and here I was stuck on a freeway, inching along at 15 miles per with every other moron who was Living the Dream.  The sun blazed down on my aging SUV with its inefficient air conditioner blasting away. …

Meet the Talent

by Ruth Witteried It was with great excitement I received my Call Sheet from Ampersand Productions Assistant Director, Anthony Forsyth last week, sent to all cast and crew involved in the FiLMLaB shoot . As an Executive Producer, I would undoubtedly be one of the least useful people on the set, but I was going to try my…

In Case of Flood: Climb Platform(s)

by Ruth Witteried   I met with Luke Ryan in February of this year at his Disruption Entertainment office on the Paramount lot in Los Angeles. A stalwart supporter of Willamette Writers since his days as an MGM executive, Luke has been a consistent presence at our conference teaching classes, guiding nervous writers through the…

Revelation, Story, and Plot in a Script for a Film Short

by Bill Johnson I teach that a story creates movement and the movement transports an audience. This dynamic holds whether the story is a novel, screenplay, play, short story, or short script. The language used to talk about stories often conveys movement: story arc, hero’s journey, plot points. Stories that fail to establish they are moving…

Hollywood Drive & Talk or: Seth Jaret Gets Real

by Ruth Witteried Some days it’s hard to know which way is forward. In this changing landscape of film and publishing, there is no single road to success. Instead, there are several; usually slow and tedious like the I-5 bridge at rush hour. If you’re lucky enough to survive the slog with your dreams intact and…

A Lesson In Production

by Ruth Witteried Last week, Conference Chair and executive producer Stefan Feuerherdt and I “took a meeting” with director Chris Alley and his assistant director, Anthony Forsyth. We met at Palio’s over coffee and pie to discuss pre-production and story elements. Our winning writer, Barbara Thomas, many states away, was unable to join us as…

Pre-Production Begins on “Inspiration”

 By Ruth Witteried FiLMLaB has begun pre-production on Barbara Thomas’s winning short, INSPIRATION. Director Christopher Alley is working out the final script details with the writer and executive producers; scouting locations for the shoot, casting the roles and lining up a professional crew. To give you a sense of scope, let’s take a look at…

What Matters Most in a Short Script

Find out what matters most in a short script with Erik Bork I recently judged five short scripts for the Willamette Writers Conference’s FiLMLaB contest. It took me back to my own challenges in writing a compelling short script years ago in film school.  And I was reminded of the specific elements that some say tend…