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Screenwriting: Horror/Psychological Thriller (Level 1) (Sept. 2019)

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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Directing: Core Elements (Level 1) (Oct. 2019)

Alex Smith

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TV Writing: Episodic TV (Level 1) (Oct. 2019)

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.

Angela LaManna

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Producing: Your Independent Film (Level 1) (Oct. 2019)

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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Documentary Filmmaking: Prepping and Production (Level 1) (Nov. 2019)

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.

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

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Screenwriting: Writing Your First Act (Level 2) (Dec. 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.

Amy Fox

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

Eric Eason

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TV Writing: Creating Your Pilot and Series Outline (Level 2) (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.

Semi Chellas

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Directing: The Fundamentals (Level 1) (Jan. 2020)

Learn the fundamentals of directing fiction films – from pre-production to working with actors and more – with an experienced director as your guide. During this eight-week, Level 1 course you’ll learn how to assemble your crew, work with actors, and translate work from script-to-screen by directing and filming a scene. Sessions include presentation and discussion, interactive exercises, and a case study with an Advisor from the Sundance network. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

Julia Solomonoff

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Screenwriting: The Fundamentals (Level 1) (Jan. 2020)

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 write your first draft. Sessions include presentation and discussion, interactive exercises, and a writing workshop with a renowned Advisor from the Sundance network. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

Jessie Keyt

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Directing: Crafting Your Short Film (Level 1) (Feb. 2020)

Learn the steps for crafting 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 writer/directors looking to make their first short fiction film. Sessions include presentation and discussion, interactive exercises, and a guest session with a short film programmer from the Sundance Film Festival. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

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How to Direct Actors (Feb. 2020)

Getting the performance you want from an actor is one of the most challenging and important roles of a director. In this interactive, live online four-week course, Emmy-winning Director/Actor/Teacher/Sundance Advisor Joan Darling will discuss the fundamentals of directing actors, guide participants in sense memory and personalization exercises, explain what every director needs to know about their script and discuss the rehearsal process on a film project. Participants will also observe Joan directing course participants in a performed monologue.

Joan Darling

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TV Writing: The Fundamentals (Level 1) (Feb. 2020)

Learn the fundamentals of writing a TV pilot with an accomplished TV writer as your guide. During this eight-week, Level 1 course, you’ll create an outline 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 presentation and discussion, interactive exercises, and a case study with a renowned Advisor from the Sundance network. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

Angela LaManna

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Screenwriting: Writing Your First Act (Level 2) (Mar. 2020)

Learn how to give shape and form to your completed screenplay outline with an experienced screenwriter as your guide. During this eight-week, Level 2 course, you will learn techniques for crafting scenes, developing character, and writing dialogue as you continue to hone the working draft of your screenplay’s first act. Sessions will include presentation and discussion on topics tailored to course participants, and breakout sessions to give feedback on individual works-in-progress. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

David Schwab

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