Sept 15 - Nov 14
Directing: Core Elements
Registration is open until August 18, 2021
Rebecca Murga

Course applications are now being accepted. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 18 at 2pm PT. 

Acceptances start after the deadline, and occur on a rolling basis.


Learn the core elements of directing fiction films—from pre-production to working with actors and more—with experienced directors as your guides. During this live, online course intended for those new to directing, you’ll learn how to assemble your crew, work with actors, and translate work from script-to-screen by directing and filming a scene.


In class sessions, you will analyze clips from full-length feature films that exemplify important concepts, complete interactive exercises, and discuss concepts and raise questions with others in your course. Weekly homework is reviewed by your course advisor and is designed to prepare you to direct and shoot your exercise scene. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your scene and questions you may have about the field.


By the end of the course you will:

  • understand the creative role of the director in every phase of production.
  • analyze a script and break down a scene.
  • learn the fundamentals of directing actors including casting, rehearsal, and on set work to obtain the best possible performances.
  • block a scene.
  • use tools for mapping your shoot, such as storyboards and lined scripts.
  • learn the fundamentals of creative storytelling in post-production.

This course is ideal for:

  • those new to directing.
  • documentary filmmakers making the transition into fiction work.
  • directors without formal training who would like to sharpen their skills with professional guidance.

Course enrollment is approximately 50 participants per session, with a participant-to-advisor ratio of 12-to-1.



COURSE DETAILS

The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live. If you have any questions about the course, please email collab_courses@sundance.org.


  • DURATION: Nine weeks, September 15 - November 14
  • SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 9am - 11am PT
    • Extended first class session: Wednesday, September 15: 9am - 12pm PT
    • No Class - Production Week: Wednesday, October 20:
    • Extended last class session: Wednesday, November 3: 9am - 12pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between Nov 8 - Nov 14
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 18 at 2pm PT


Sundance Co//ab 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 accessibility@sundance.org to arrange for services. 



TO APPLY

Click the yellow “Apply Now” button on the top right of the page.

Instructor
Rebecca Murga is a Chicago-born, Latinx filmmaker who produces and directs films, commercials, and documentaries for clients such as ABC, CBS, HBO, Mundo FOX, AT&T, and A&E Networks. She is currently the Director of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW), a hands-on training program committed to increasing the number of women and gender non-binary artists working professionally as narrative screen directors. more...

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