Oct 16 - Dec 12
Directing: Visual Storytelling
Registration is now closed for this session.
Bill Dill, ASC

Course applications are now closed. APPLICATION DEADLINE WAS: Thursday, September 23 at 2 p.m. 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. Designated 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 per session, with a participant-to-advisor ratio of 12-to-1. To apply, you should have a film or series for which you would like to develop a lookbook in the course.

“Amazing course. Amazing instructor. Amazing advisors. I've recommended the course to everyone.” - Meedo T., Culver City, CA, USA


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: Eight weeks, October 16 - December 12
  • SCHEDULE: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. PT
    • Extended first class session: Saturday, October 16 - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. PT
    • No Class: Saturday, November 27
    • Extended last class session: Saturday, December 4 - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between Dec 6 - Dec 12

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 accessibility@sundance.org to arrange for services. 

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...
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Asher Jelinsky is a Los Angeles based director and writer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Their latest film MILLER & SON was shortlisted for the 92nd Academy Awards and won the gold medal Student Academy Award, the BAFTA Student Film Award, and the Cannes Lions Young Director Award. Asher’s short films have garnered awards and nominations at over 70 film festivals around the world including Clermont-Ferrand, BFI London, and Palm Springs among others. more...
Samir Oliveros was born in Bogotá, Colombia. At 25 he launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his first feature, BAD LUCKY GOAT, shot in Old Providence in the Caribbean. The film premiered at SXSW in 2017 and went on to play over seventy festivals including BFI London and TIFF Next Wave. He recently completed his MFA in Directing at AFI in Los Angeles. His thesis, CACTUS BLOSSOM, was awarded with a DGA Jury Prize. more...

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