Visual Storytelling Intensive: The Shot & The Camera

Sundance Collab offers a robust collection of online courses in the Sundance spirit of amplifying your independent voice as a storyteller. Join our global community to hone your craft, network with other creators, and develop career strategies to help you navigate the film and television industry.

Mastering visual storytelling is like learning a new language—the language of the screen—and it is a critical component of a director’s work. Join filmmaker, author and educator, Peter Markham, as he leads this live, online weekend intensive. Over the course of three days, gain expertise on the practical aesthetics of the moving image—explored from the perspectives of both shot and camera.

You will learn about what is inherent in visual language and what depends on context and usage, about composition and mise-en-scene, shot selection, size and framing, about passage of time in a shot and the ‘flow of energy’, about the nature of images, as well as camera placement, angle, movement, modes (observing, passive, dynamic, participatory, complicit), and more. As a class, you will analyze scenes across genres and styles to learn how to command your own unique visual style. This Intensive will provoke new ways of approaching your work and will allow you to share and connect with other directors.

This intensive is ideal for:

  • directors interested in visual storytelling who want to dive deep into understanding the language of the moving image with the guidance of an expert.

Enrollment is up to 50 participants.

This Intensive is not eligible for any Course Pass discounts.

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 to arrange for services.