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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/Interdisciplinary Media, Documentary, Producing and Film Music.

In this video from the 2021 Directors Lab, Founding Senior Director Michelle Satter leads a discussion with veteran Cinematographers Robert Elswit (Michael Clayton, There Will Be Blood), Bradford Young (Ain't Them Bodies Saints, When They See Us) and Charlotte Bruus Christensen (A Quiet Place, The Hunt). They explain their preparation process, collaboration between a director of photography and a director and the impact of camera and lighting on storytelling. Each DP provides insight into using cinematography to tell their stories, sharing clips from The Hunt, shot by Bruus Christensen; Untitled, a short film by Young; and Michael Clayton, shot by Elswit.

Other conversations in this ongoing series include those with editors Michelle Tesoro, Joi McMillon, Teri Shropshire & Dylan Tichenor; cinematographers Stephen Goldblatt, Robert Elswit, Brad Young and Charlotte Bruus Christensen; writer/director Miguel Arteta, writer/director Walter Salles, writer/director Randa Haines and more.

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