Go behind the scenes to learn from Sundance Advisors in our Conversations from the Labs series. This collection of 90-minute videos will deepen your understanding of all the creative disciplines that are supported through our Labs including Feature Film Directing and Writing, TV Writing, Emerging Media, Documentary, Producing, Film Music, and Theater.
In this video, two filmmakers, Randa Haines and Miguel Arteta, share their approach to directing. Reflecting on her experience directing THE DOCTOR, Randa recounts how charting her character's journey informs all production choices from lighting through costumes and set design. Using a scene from his feature, THE GOOD GIRL, Miguel illustrates the importance of knowing the heart of a sequence and reviews the 12 ways filmmakers can communicate with an audience. He stresses the need to "beware the tyranny of dialogue" and to "write with the camera" using images instead of words to move the story forward. They close with their tips for working with actors.
Other conversations in the series include those with editor Dylan Tichenor, actor/director Ed Harris, writer/director Karyn Kusama, writer/director/producer Kasi Lemmons, and others.