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Willamette Writers meeting

January 6, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Willamette Writers

On Tuesday, January 6th, at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Willamette Writers presents a special program devoted to FiLMLaB 2015.

FiLMLaB, now in its 4th year, already boasts an award-winning short film from year one, Alis Volat Propriis, by Portland writer, Haley Isleib. FiLMLaB Coordinator and Exec. Producer Ruth Witteried picks up the gauntlet in 2015 with her eye on even greater glory for a new short film production. Ruth has invited filmmaker Martin Vavra and 2014’s winning writer, Jon Dragt, to take the walk of fame across the Old Church stage and answer questions you haven’t even thought of yet.

If you missed this year’s screening of Jon’s Unwelcome Guests at the August conference, fear not. We’ll view this super fun short at the meeting and also, if time allows, the world premiere of an additional FiLMLaB video.

You’ll be asking yourself, “Could those be my figments of my imagination up there on the silver screen?” They certainly could be.

Ruth is going to make it easy for you. Come to the meeting. Watch the film. Ask questions. Get answers. Write a seven-page screenplay. That’s right, seven pages.

Or less! It doesn’t have to be seven pages. It can be five or six, or any number up to and including seven. But seven is the magic number because seven pages of script is usually shootable in a weekend—and weekends are when those great Portland filmmakers are free from their day jobs at Grimm and Portlandia.

If you can write a feature-length screenplay in 30 days with the mini-movie method (Spike Lee wrote his first script, She’s Gotta Have It, in a lot less time than that), you can probably write seven pages in seven days and still have a day to rest. Once you get creating, there’s no telling what you can accomplish, so make 2015 the year to get ‘er done.

The 2015 FiLMLaB contest winner will see their short film debuted at the Willamette Writers Conference in August at a free event that will be open to the public. Getting the chance to see your work come to life on the big screen is priceless, but there are many other perks to winning, not the least of which is the opportunity to work with a director and be on set while your story is filmed. Check the FiLMLaB Blog at http://willamettewriters.com/wwfilm/ for the latest information on contest rules, script limitations and guidelines, or on Facebook at FiLMLaB, and Twitter @WWFiLMLaB.

Mark your calendars for the membership meeting, January 6th. We roll out the red carpet at 6:30 folks, and the celebrity sightings start soon thereafter.



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January 6, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Jenny Scrader


The Old Church
1422 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR United States
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