Visual Media

Visual Media for writers is one of Willamette Writers’ most exciting programs

Visual Media can help you in marketing your work in an increasingly visual world.

It encompasses all of the film, television arts, as well as all of the potential that the web holds. That includes useful information about webisodes, book trailers, and social media advice on how to use visual information in your posts and updates.

We’ll be developing our visual media program more throughout the coming months. For now, we offer a screenwriting contest for the short screenplay writer in our FiLMLaB Script-to-Screen Competition, which provides the opportunity to have your short script produced. We also provide the Kay Snow Writing Contest feature length screenplay award, and Cynthia Whitcomb’s Screenwriting workshop twice a year.


FiLMLaB: An Experiment in Screenwriting

Initially a replacement for Actors Lab at the Willamette Writers Conference, FiLMLaB grew out of a desire to expand screenwriting curriculum and promote the growing film industry in Portland, Oregon.

The FiLMLaB Competition‘s primary purpose is to provide the winning screenwriter with real world experience in the business of writing for film, including the unique opportunity to rewrite and collaborate with industry professionals as their short script is transformed into a short film. It is in the process of collaboration, the exchange of multiple artistic visions for the same story that the screenwriter has the greatest opportunity for creative and professional growth.

We recognize that not every screenwriter wishes to become a filmmaker, but all want their scripts produced. A produced script not only legitimizes the writer with an IMDb credit, it serves as a calling card and can create further opportunities for recognition via film festivals. For example, Haley Isleib’s 2012 winning script, Alis Volat Propriis, was the first film out of the FiLMLaBoratory and took home the prize for Best Comedic Short at the 2013 Oregon Independent Film Festival and was a featured film at the Portland Film Festival and Mt. Hood Film Festival. Willamette Writers used the proceeds from the FiLMLaB Competition to sponsor and produce the film, utilizing local talents Christopher Alley, Randall Jahnson and Katie Michels to direct and star.

Christopher Alley and his team at Ampersand Productions returned in 2013 to direct and co-produce Barbara Thomas’s winning script, Inspiration Coffee, Table, Book. Starring Brynn Baron and Greg Alexander, it is a silent film with a whole new set of challenges.

Martin Vavra at Galaxy Sailor Productions directed the 2014 winning script, Unwelcome Guests by Jon Dragt.

While FiLMLaB is still evolving, it has been met with enthusiasm from writers around the world, eager to participate in our unique experiment.

Because at FiLMLaB, the experiment is you.

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