Go behind the scenes to learn from Sundance Advisors in our Conversations from the Labs series. This collection of videos will deepen your understanding of all the creative disciplines that are supported through our Labs including Feature Film Directing and Writing, TV Writing, Emerging Media, Documentary, Producing, Film Music, and Theater.
In this video, screenwriters and multi-media artists Jon Raymond, Maya Daisy Hawke, Melissa Painter and J.R. Cole share their approach to building character, emotion and story in their work. In reviewing curated clips, we learn ways of introducing characters and the concept of building them from the inside out. They discuss how and when to introduce backstories, so that characters are developed to resonate with the audience. The panelists also recount how they locate themselves in their work and characters and the vital role feedback plays in their creative process.
Other conversations in the series include those with editor Dylan Tichenor, actor/director Ed Harris, writer/director Karyn Kusama, writer/director/producer Kasi Lemmons, cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, and others.