Preparing to Direct Your First Feature Film with Andrew Ahn (On Demand)

On Demand Course

This is an On Demand course. On Demand courses allow you to watch pre-recorded lectures at your own pace, with curated resources and other materials to support your work. You can begin taking this course at any time. 

In order to serve more of the Sundance Collab community, we developed this On Demand course from existing live online course content. By doing so, we are able to offer Preparing to Direct Your First Feature Film with Andrew Ahn (On Demand) at a price that allows more people to benefit from the course content.

You’ve explored the short-form format and now you’re ready to take the next step towards making a feature-length film. In this On Demand course, you will learn from award-winning director, Andrew Ahn, what he wished he knew before embarking on the journey of the first feature - from casting and pre-production planning, to post-production, hiring key collaborators and finding your audience.

  • Module 1: Building Your Plan
  • Module 2: Creating Materials Beyond the Screenplay
  • Module 3: Building Your Team
  • Module 4: Producing Concepts for Directors
  • Module 5: Pre-Production
  • Module 6: Production
  • Module 7: Post-Production
  • Module 8: Finding Your Audience

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Andrew Ahn’s latest feature Fire Island (Searchlight Pictures) starring Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, and Margaret Cho is currently streaming on Hulu and Disney+ internationally. The film won the Ensemble Tribute at the 2023 Gotham Awards and was nominated for a PGA, ACE Eddie, and Independent Spirit Award.

Ahn's sophomore feature Driveways premiered at the 2019 Berlinale and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Screenplay and Best Lead Actress for Hong Chau. Driveways was named one of the top 10 independent films of 2020 by the National Board of Review. Ahn's first film Spa Night premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in US Dramatic Competition and won a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance. The film went on to win the 2017 John Cassavetes Film Independent Spirit Award.

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