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Pitching for Success (4 Weeks Beginning Dec. 2019)

Jackie Miller

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Directing Level 2: Prepping Your First Feature (8 Weeks Beginning Dec. 2019)

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TV Writing Level 2: Creating Your Pilot and Series Outline (8 Weeks Beginning Dec. 2019)

Learn how to give shape and form to the work you started in TV Writing Level 1 with an experienced TV writer as your guide. During this eight-week, Level 2 course, you will work on developing your idea into a pilot and series outline. Sessions include presentations/discussions, interactive exercises, a case study with a renowned Advisor from the Sundance network, and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project. Eligibility Requirement: Completion of Sundance Co//ab TV Writing Level 1 course or completion of at least one pilot script as the writer.

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Directing Actors (4 Weeks Beginning Nov. 2019)

Learn tools for effective communication with actors with an experienced actor/director as your guide. The sessions in this four-week course will include presentations/discussions and interactive exercises focused on the casting and audition process, breaking down a scene to communicate the objective and key turning point for each character, and techniques to get compelling performances.

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Documentary Filmmaking Level 1: Prepping and Production

Learn the steps for developing a feature documentary from conception and prep through production, with an accomplished documentary filmmaker as your guide. Participants should come prepared for this eight-week, Level 1 course with a project that you plan to produce and/or direct. Crafting a compelling proposal for funders is a key goal of the course. Sessions include presentations/discussions, interactive exercises, a panel discussion with documentary funders, and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

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Screenwriting Level 2: Writing Your First Act (8 Weeks Beginning Nov. 2019)

Learn how to give shape and form to the outline/treatment you created in Screenwriting Level 1 with an experienced screenwriter as your guide. During this eight-week, Level 2 course, you will continue to develop your outline and create a working draft of the first act of your screenplay. Sessions include presentations, interactive exercises, discussions of your works-in-progress, and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project. Eligibility Requirement: Completion of Sundance Co//ab Screenwriting Level 1 course or completion of at least one feature screenplay as the writer.

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Producing Level 1: Your Independent Film

Learn the hands-on tools of creative producing for independent fiction films – from development to financing to budgeting and more – with an accomplished producer as your guide. Participants should come prepared with a project that they plan to produce. Sessions in this eight-week, Level 1 course include presentations/discussions, interactive exercises, a case study with a renowned Advisor from the Sundance network, and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

Karin Chien

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TV Writing Level 1: Episodic TV

Learn the core elements of writing a TV pilot with an accomplished TV writer as your guide. During this eight-week, Level 1 course, you’ll create a beat sheet for an original pilot script and learn a set of tools to help you ask the important questions of every scene and character that will get you past "stuck" when writing future episodes. Sessions include presentations/discussions, interactive exercises, a case study with a renowned Advisor from the Sundance network, and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

Sam Ernst

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Screenwriting Level 1: Horror/Psychological Thriller

Learn the foundational elements of writing a horror/psychological thriller screenplay with an accomplished genre screenwriter as your guide. During this eight-week, Level 1 course, you will develop a new script idea into an outline that can be used to create your first draft. Sessions include presentations/discussions, interactive exercises, a case study with a renowned Advisor from the Sundance network, and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

Scott Kosar

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Screenwriting Level 1: Core Elements

Learn the foundational elements of writing a screenplay for a feature film, with an accomplished screenwriter as your guide. During this eight-week, Level 1 course, you will develop a new script idea into an outline that can be used to create your first draft. Sessions include presentations/discussions, interactive exercises, a writing workshop with a renowned Advisor from the Sundance network, and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

Jonathan Wysocki

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Directing Level 1: Core Elements

Alex Smith

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Directing Level 2: Prepping Your First Feature

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.

Eric Eason

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Crafting Your Short Film Level 1

Learn the steps for creating your short film from defining your creative vision through production planning and post-production. An accomplished filmmaker will guide this eight-week, Level 1 course which is ideal for anyone – writer, director, producer – looking to make their first short fiction film. You should come with a completed draft of a short film script (up to 20 pages) you want to produce. Sessions include presentations, interactive exercises, a guest session with short film programmers from the Sundance Festival, and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

Michelle Morgan

Lead Instructor