WW FiLMLaB – 2016 Contest Opens Next January

Get your script made into a movie! But you'll have to wait until 2016 since this year's competition is now closed and our winning script's movie will be premiered at the Willamette Writers Conference August 8th, 2015. Thank you to all of our entrants.

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FiLMLaB Updates

Navigating the Notes

Screenwriter Randall Jahnson

Getting notes on your screenplay is never fun. Thirty years of writing scripts for studios, producers, and directors has taught me that. The reason is simple: They only address what’s wrong with your work. Rarely do they applaud what you’ve done right. In fact, they can be so devoid of praise that by the time you’re finished reading them (assuming you’re still upright and sober) you’re left wondering whether you did anything right at all. Notes can be disingenuous too. And contradictory. Confusing. Highly subjective. Illogical. Annoying. Full of inanities. And downright stupid. It’s enough…

De Parrie-Turner Takes Over Programming Reigns at Portland Film Festival

(reprinted with permission from our friends over at Portland Film Festival) With the departure of former Director of Programming, Don Andrews, to shoot and develop his TV series pilot, “The Winnebago Man” in New Mexico, long-time festival volunteer and “Encore IndieFilm Showcase” Director and Founder, Jason de Parrie-Turner is stepping up to fill the vacancy. De…

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Or How A Northwest Trio Hooked The Weinsteins

“Nobody knows anything…” William Goldman’s famous quote about Hollywood, may very well apply to the publishing industry as well; especially during this time of digital expansion and the resulting democratization of creative expression. The tools of production and marketing are available to everyone now, not just studios and publishing houses. What the long term net…

Diary of a Slamdance Festival Juror

Slamdance Winner: "Across the Sea"

by Josh Leake Portland Film Festival’s Josh Leake shares his experience as a 2015 Slamdance Juror. Originally posted via Indiewire, it is shared here with the permission of the author. To learn more about Josh, see his bio at the bottom of the page. Founded by a group of friends in 1995, Slamdance is one…

Governor’s Film Award Recap

Cheryl Strayed

(This article is shared by the author, our good friend Josh Leake at Portland Film Festival. For more about Josh, see his bio at the end of his article) The Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, more commonly known as Oregon Film, hosted its annual film awards on Tuesday, January 6th. Hosted in a…