Here’s your chance to make a movie


Attention Tualatin writers: I have a very cool opportunity for you! I am a Tualatin resident and the new film coordinator for the annual Willamette Writers Conference. Not only will I be bringing in about a dozen LA agents, managers and producers to hear your pitch at next year’s conference (August 1-3, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center), I am also heading up the extraordinary FiLMLaB script-to-screen competition!

Here's your chance to make a movie


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  1. Mary, thank you for this article. I like to write and frankly had never thought about screenwriting, but upon reading your article and checking out the contest it sounds like a fun winter project. Also, the length of the writing isn’t overly intimidating for a first-timer. I’m just wondering if there are any other storyline criteria/themes preferred other than the story taking place at the Willamette Writer’s House. For instance is comedy or drama usually preferred? Is it preferable to have a story that incorporates writing or Portland culture? Thanks for your volunteerism!

  2. Thanks for your feedback on the article! This is a perfect contest for someone who wants to try his hand at screenwriting! I personally think humor has its advantages but any genre will do. The WW house is only the setting…you can make WW part of the story or simply use the house as the setting (by making it a generic home, etc.). I know our office manager Bill Johnson is holding a workshop on how to write short scripts in a few weeks. It might be a good thing to attend, just to get your sea legs. Be ready to get addicted, though…I used to write novels until I discovered screenplays and now I will never go back!
    You also might try going to the blacklist (google blacklist) and read other screenplays to get a feel for it. It’s a great medium. Please feel free to e-mail me at maryandonian(at) if you have more questions. THANKS! Mary


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