Mar 2 - Apr 25
Directing: Visual Storytelling
Registration is now closed for this session.
Bill Dill, ASC

Course applications are now closed. Application deadline was Tuesday, February 2 at 2pm PT. 

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

Learn how to tell your story visually and hone your unique creative voice with experienced instructors as your guides. In this live online course, you will develop an in-depth lookbook showcasing your visual style for your film or series.

In class sessions, you will review clips that demonstrate exemplary visual storytelling, learn about the fundamentals, complete interactive exercises, and discuss core concepts with course advisors. Weekly homework designed to prepare you with the critical tools to employ an intentional visual approach to your work will be reviewed by your advisor. 

By the end of the eight-week course, you will: 

  • examine your script from a visual perspective.
  • make visual decisions and determine the style for your project.
  • practice techniques for communicating your vision to different audiences.
  • know how to apply tools for research and pre-visualization.
  • understand the fundamentals of composition, camera movement, color, lenses and lighting and how they shape your story.

This course is ideal for: 

  • directors, writers, producers and early stage DPs seeking to learn the language of visual storytelling. 
  • directors and producers seeking the tools to make visual decisions and/or gain confidence in communicating their vision and presenting their project. 

Course enrollment is approximately 50 participants, with a participant-to-advisor ratio of 12:1. To apply, you should have a film or series for which you would like to develop a lookbook in the course.


The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.

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 to arrange for services. 

  • DURATION: Eight weeks, March 2 - April 25
  • SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 9:00am - 11am PT
    • Extended first class session: Tuesday, March 2, 9am- 12pm PT
    • Extended last class session: Tuesday, April 13, 9am- 12pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between Apr 19 - Apr 25
Bill Dill is an award-winning cinematographer. His first feature film, SIDEWALK STORIES, won international acclaim at film festivals worldwide, including the Berlin and Swedish Film Festivals, and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Prix Du Public at that festival. In addition to his numerous other feature film credits, his work in television includes the American Playhouse production of FIRES IN THE MIRROR, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. more...
Tim S. Kang, a New York & Los Angeles-based cinematographer, works as a director of photography in the motion picture industry on narrative, commercial and documentary projects. His list of commercial clients include: Cover Girl, Disney Interactive, DreamworksTV, NBC Universal, Vanishing Angle, & YouTube. He also has photographed multiple independent narrative features, shorts, web series, and documentaries. more...
Born and raised in Bermuda, Kalilah attended Stanford University where she studied Psychology and Film Studies. A growing interest in the film industry led her to a film production course in Los Angeles where her love of the motion picture camera was born. more...
James moved from Chicago to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory, where he received an MFA in Cinematography. For the past 15 years, he has been shooting independent features, short films, web series, interviews, documentaries, and commercials. His work has been featured at the MOCA, LACMA, the Hammer Museum of Art, the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), BFI London Film Festival, Festival de Cannes, Festival of Nations in Austria, and the Brooklyn International Film Festival. more...

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