Defining Your Voice as a Director

Weekend Intensive

How do you know the difference between a Tarantino film and a Spike Lee joint? What’s different about the styles of Steven Spielberg and Chloé Zhao? You might call a filmmaker’s visual language and point of view their “cinematic voice” and it can take years to refine.

In this online weekend intensive, writer and director Lindsay MacKay (Wet Bum, The Swearing Jar) will guide you on steps you can take to start developing your voice and visual style as a filmmaker. 

What you bring to the course:

  • a general understanding of filmmaking terminology.
  • some experience in filmmaking in an academic or professional setting.
  • an interest in building a career as a director.

What you’ll get from the course:

  • A breakdown of notable directors’ visual styles
  • A deeper understanding of how visual language can translate to an audience
  • An understanding of the various shot sizes, styles, and perspectives 
  • How to approach designing a frame and placing the camera
  • An approach to choosing your camera and aspect ratio
  • A pathway to discover your own point of view as an artist

This course will:

  • provide tools and techniques that apply to any project.
  • connect you with other creators via a discussion board where you can discuss core concepts and share your work.

Intensive Schedule

Friday, February 23:

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PT

Saturday, February 24:

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. PT

Sunday, February 25:

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. PT

Space is limited. Applications for this course are considered as they are received and applicants are accepted on a rolling basis until the course is full or the deadline has passed, whichever comes first.

Sundance Collab provides accommodations and support services to participants with disabilities. Accommodations and services are designed to meet the needs of each participant. Please email us at to arrange for services.