Jun 14 - Aug 22
Directing: Workshopping Your Feature
Registration is now closed for this session.
Michael Kang

Course applications are now closed. APPLICATION DEADLINE WAS: Monday, May 24 at 2pm PT. 

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

Expand on your director's toolkit with experienced directors as your guides. In this live, online course, you will shoot a scene from your feature script, after lessons on translating your work from script-to-screen, breaking down your story, directing actors, and visual storytelling. 

In class sessions, you will focus on analyzing scenes from films and will review exercises with classmates and course advisors. Weekly homework designed to move your prep work on story, visuals and performance forward is reviewed by your advisor. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session with your advisor focused on your project. 

By the end of the course, you will: 

  • Understand the foundations of storytelling (objective, obstacles, conflict).
  • Improve your understanding of the character journey.
  • Develop a character analysis for your script.
  • Create a thematic statement for your project.
  • Hone your project logline and short synopsis.
  • Breakdown a scene from your script and complete a scene analysis.
  • Learn what to look for in key collaborators.
  • Develop language and a process for working with actors. 
  • Craft language and an approach to visual storytelling.

This course is ideal for:

  • Directors ready to make a feature film who want to dive deep into their creative prep work with the guidance of an experienced filmmaker. 

Course enrollment is approximately 36 participants per session, with a participant to advisor ratio of nine to one. To apply, you must have a feature film screenplay that you plan to direct (you do not need to have written the screenplay) AND have completed at least one fiction short as Director OR have completed Sundance Co//ab’s Directing: Core Elements.


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, June 14 - August 22
  • SCHEDULE: Monday, 10am - 12pm PT
    • Extended first class session: Monday, June 14, 10am - 12:30pm PT
    • No class: Monday, July 5
    • Extended last class session: Monday, August 2, 10am - 12:30pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between Aug 16 - Aug 22

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. 

Michael Kang is a director who prides himself on having successfully met a wide range of challenges from directing scenes in languages he doesn't speak to once working with a cranky bear that was overdue for hibernation. His first feature film THE MOTEL premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. THE MOTEL is the recipient of the Humanitas Prize as well as was also nominated for Best First Feature Film by The Independent Spirit Awards. more...
Matthew is a writer and director in Los Angeles. His feature film KRINGLE TIME premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival and will be released in 2021. His short films, MOONSHOT (2016) and DÍRA (2014) have screened in festivals across the US and overseas, earning him numerous awards for his work as a director, screenwriter and editor. His feature screenplays continue to enjoy perennial placements in competitions and festivals including ScreenCraft and The Austin Film Festival. more...
Lise Raven is a US/EU filmmaker. Her debut feature LOW, set in the gritty world of the Brooklyn boxing scene, was screened internationally. more...
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Ian Truitner’s foray into directing combines service in the U.S. Army with theatrical stage production. Ian’s first few short films were created leveraging those amalgamated skills, resulting in numerous festivals and lead to his first feature film, CUTTING ROOM, which premiered at the Milan International Film Festival and was one of the early films on the Netflix streaming platform. His second feature, TELEIOS, premiered at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival, was a multi-award winner at festivals worldwide and distributed in North America through Screen Media Films. more...

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