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

Eric Eason

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Directing: Core Elements (Jan. 2020)

Learn the core elements of directing fiction films – from pre-production to working with actors and more – with an experienced director as your guide. During this eight-week 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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Visual Storytelling: Collaborating with Your DP (Jan. 2020)

One of the most important relationships in a film is between the Director and DP. Learn how to collaborate with a DP to bring your script to life with a visual language for your film. To create an effective story, the Director and DP need to develop a shared language. In this four-week course, a notable Director from the Sundance network will guide you through that creative process. Using examples from their films, they will talk about a process that begins during pre-production with script breakdowns, storyboards and the development of the “look” of the film and continues through production.

Jeremiah Zagar

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