To support our community of filmmakers during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the decision to remove the $50 fee for Sundance Collab Master Classes. As we meet this next moment and continue to support artists through our content, we are reinstating a discounted fee of $27 for on-demand recordings.
Both Master Class live event registration and on-demand recording access to this and more than 40 other Master Classes are included in Collaborator and All Access memberships. Upgrade today and get a free 14-day trial.
Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry.
Understanding both the craft of directing and the essential steps for navigating the business are key to maintaining a career as a director. Join accomplished director Ken Kwapis, a two-time Emmy nominee with 11 features under his belt and a diverse array of television credits, as he shares lessons learned from a life behind the camera. Using his book, But What I Really Want To Do Is Direct, as a springboard, Ken will cover three broad areas: 1) Things I didn't learn in film school; 2) How to prepare a scene; 3) Becoming a better student of human nature. In this live and interactive three-hour event, the audience will also have the opportunity to ask Ken about his career, the craft of directing in general, and the challenges aspiring directors face today.
Topics covered include:
- 00:00 - 03:50: Welcome and introduction from Sundance Collab
- 03:51 - 7:58: Introduction from Ken Kwapis
- 7:59 - 8:42: What I didn’t learn in film school
- 8:43 - 12:46: How to be a leader
- 12:47 - 18:54: How to be proactive on your own set
- 18:55 - 24:01: Don’t get trapped at video village
- 24:02 - 29:12: How to give and receive feedback
- 29:13 - 34:00: How to measure success on your own terms
- 34:39 - 47:53: Q&A
- 48:43 - 49:38: How to prepare a scene
- 49:39 - 51:44: The emotional road map
- 51:45 - 53:54: How to give playable notes
- 53:55 - 55:13: Tell your story with pictures
- 55:14 - 01:01:48: Using body language to tell your story
- 01:01:49 - 01:04:14: Shot selection
- 01:04:15 - 01:10:00: Color and light
- 01:10:01 - 01:14:01: The objective correlative
- 01:14:02 - 01:17:58: How to use off-screen space to tell your story
- 01:17:59 - 01:23:12: Transitions from one scene to the next
- 01:23:13 - 01:39:06: Breaking down a scene from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
- 01:39:07 - 02:02:20: Q&A
- 02:03:05 - 02:17:10: Directing Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
- 02:17:11 - 02:21:18: Finding a human connection with the script and recognizing yourself in the material
- 02:21:36 - 02:33:52: Q&A
- 02:33:53 - 02:36:17: Final announcements
Past classes have included Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams on Documentary Storytelling, Finding Dory’s Victoria Strouse on Comedy Writing, Emmy-nominated director Lesli Linka Glatter on Blocking a Scene, The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara on TV Writing, and more.