Build on the fundamentals you learned in Directing Level 1 with an experienced director as your guide, in this eight-week, Level 2 course. Throughout the class, you will prepare to direct your first feature. Topics include rehearsal, working with actors, blocking a scene, planning shots, coverage and more. Sessions include presentations/discussions; interactive exercises; a case study with a director from the Sundance network; and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project. Eligibility Requirement: Feature script and completion of Directing Course, Level 1 or Feature script and completion of at least one short as director.

The course will run in our virtual classroom Wednesdays, starting December 4, 10 am- 12 pm Pacific Time.

December 4 - extended 3-hour intro class session.

December 11, 18, January 8, 15, 22 - regular 2- hour class sessions.

There is no class session the week of December 23rd. We will hold a make-up session on Thursday, January 2nd.

January 26-31 - 1-1 advisor meetings

The application period for the course has ended. Watch the Sundance Co//ab newsletter for updates on future course offerings.

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...
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...
A graduate of New York University’s film school, Todd held a wide variety of jobs from working for Academy Award winning writer and director Robert Benton (BONNIE & CLYDE, PLACES IN THE HEART, KRAMER VS. KRAMER) to interning on Saturday Night Live’s film unit, before landing a lead acting role on James L. Brooks’ short-lived television series, PHENOM, which brought him to Los Angeles. more...

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