Learn the steps to prepare you to direct your first feature film with an experienced director as your guide. Topics in this eight-week Level 2 course include casting actors, hiring your key crew, prepping with your DP, the rehearsal process, blocking a scene, and more. You should come with a completed draft of a feature film script that you want to make. Sessions feature presentations/discussions, interactive exercises, a case study with a renowned director from the Sundance network, and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project. Eligibility Requirement: Feature script and completion of Co//ab Level 1 Directing Course or Feature script and completion of at least one short as director.

Applications for this course are now closed. Class size is limited to 30 participants. All online class sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.

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Lead Instructor
Eric Eason is an award-winning writer-director who has worked in the film industry for over 20 years on various projects in the US, Brazil and Argentina—from independent films to $150 million dollar studio projects. His first feature, MANITO, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize. His second feature, JOURNEY TO THE END OF NIGHT, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and starred Brendan Fraser, Scott Glenn and Yaslin Bey. As a screenwriter, Eason has worked on dozens of films in and outside of the studio system and he wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award-nominated A BETTER LIFE, directed by Chris Weitz. more...
Alfredo de Villa's first film, WASHINGTON HEIGHTS (co-written with Sundance Alumni Nat Moss, with additional writing by Pulitzer prize-winner fiction writer Junot Diaz) premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and distributed by Lionsgate. His third film ADRIFT IN MANHATTAN (Heather Graham, Billy Baldwin) premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival in Dramatic Competition. 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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