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Feature Editing with Dylan Tichenor

Editor Dylan Tichenor shares his expertise on how to navigate the process, pace, and politics of cutting features.

Dylan Tichenor

Editor

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The Basics of Budgeting Fiction Films with Natalie Metzger

Natalie Metzger

Advisor

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The Art of Feedback: Giving and Receiving Notes

Learning how to give and receive feedback is an artform that makes you a better creator and collaborator, but is rarely discussed. Join our partners at The Black List [https://blcklst.com/] in a live webinar on how to navigate this nuanced, yet powerful aspect of crafting your screenplay--and career. There's great value to inviting others to read your work and let you know if your intentions are on the page. Feedback can help you in building more dynamic characters, developing stronger storylines, and creating more enriching worlds. In this webinar, we'll share tips on who you should ask for feedback, and when; and discuss how to engage in a feedback dialogue. You'll leave with an understanding of how to listen to feedback and integrate notes that will support you in revising your work and taking it to the next level.

Franklin Leonard

Moderator

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From Shorts to Showrunner with Desiree Akhavan

Writer/director/actress Desiree Akhavan tells how she protects her vision and grows her work across shorts, features & TV.

Desiree Akhavan

Writer, Director

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Sundance Institute Short Film Session: San José

Sundance Institute presents a free-half day online event on the art of short filmmaking. Join Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Mike Plante for shorts screenings; conversations with filmmakers Bridey Elliott (Clara's Ghost, Affections) and Diffan Sina Norman (Kekasih, Benevolent Ba); and insights into how the Festival's programmers make their selections. Whether you're just starting out, or have made some shorts and are looking to learn more about filmmaking, we'd love for you to join us.

Mike Plante

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE STAFF: Senior Programmer

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Ritesh Batra: THE LUNCHBOX Case Study

Ritesh Batra (THE LUNCHBOX) breaks down refining tone and time, making characters real, and using your roots for discovery.

Ritesh Batra

Writer, Director

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Studio Binder: How Jay Roach Directed that Insane Austin Powers Opening

Jay Roach

Advisor

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Making Music and Films with Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington

Advisor

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Directing for TV with Lesli Linka Glatter

Lesli Linka Glatter (HOMELAND) walks through the best practices that have shaped her prolific television directing career.

Lesli Linka Glatter

Director

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Media Mogul Angelica Nwandu on Finding Your Path, Forging Your Truth

Angelica Nwandu

Screenwriter, Media Mogul

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Producer Sev Ohanian on Developing & Building Relationships

Sev Ohanian

Producer

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Directing Actors on Set with Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama

Advisor

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Directing Actors: Casting & Rehearsing with Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama

Advisor

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Creating TV Series YOU'RE THE WORST with Stephen Falk

Stephen Falk

Advisor

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Director Rob Epstein on Crafting the Music of THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK

Rob Epstein

Advisor

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The Role of a Music Supervisor with John Houlihan

John Houlihan

Musical Supervisor

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Director Jay Roach Breaks Down the Elevator Scene In BOMBSHELL

Jay Roach

Director

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How to Shoot a Fight Scene with Director Catherine Hardwicke

Catherine Hardwicke

Director

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Creating Creature Features: JD Dillard on Making SWEETHEART

JD Dillard

Advisor

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Composing for Film and TV with Mark Isham

Composer Mark Isham talks about his process, his use of melody and how he combines acoustic and electronic elements.

Mark Isham

Composer

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The Rise of Documentaries with Kevin Iwashina

Kevin Iwashina

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How to Build Your Career as a Creative Producer

Veteran Producers share their advice on ​getting started ​as a producer and staying in the game

Effie Brown

Producer

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Making the $3 Movie with The Duplass Brothers

Mark Duplass

Filmmaker/ Actor

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Director Alma Har'el on Making Award-Winning HONEY BOY

Alma Har'el

Director/ Producer/ Founder, Free the Bid

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Crafting Story for Audience with Mark Monroe

Mark Monroe

Writer / Filmmaker

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Writing Documentaries With Mark Monroe

Mark Monroe

Writer / Filmmaker

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Editing Early Cuts: Strategy & Communication with Terilyn Shropshire

Teri Shropshire

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Creating Documentary Portraits with Jeff Malmberg

Jeff Malmberg

Filmmaker

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Case Study: THE KITCHEN with Writer/Director Andrea Berloff

Andrea Berloff

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The Fundamentals of Cinematography with Rodrigo Prieto

World-class cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto talks about shot-listing, lighting design, working with directors, and embracing constraints.

Rodrigo Prieto

Cinematographer

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A Producer is Always Selling with Anthony Bregman

Anthony Bregman

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Director/Actor Justin Chon on Working with Actors

Justin Chon

Screenwriter/Director

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The Casting Process with Eyde Belasco

Eyde Belasco

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An Actor's Insights for Directors with Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate

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Actor Octavia Spencer on Preparing a Character

Actress Octavia Spencer describes her process for reading a script and developing the characters she plays. Plus she shares how she communicates with directors during the prep phase of independent films.

Octavia Spencer

Actor

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David Lowery: A GHOST STORY Case Study

David Lowery

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Directing Actors for Comedy with Nisha Ganatra

TV & feature director Nisha Ganatra discusses some the best practices she's learned around rehearsing and blocking for the strongest comedic performances both in camera and in the editing room.

Nisha Ganatra

Writer/ Director

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Building the Episodic World of DELHI CRIME with Richie Mehta

Creator Richie Mehta shares the structural differences between writing features and TV when it comes to plot, character, and world - and how he visually scaled the world for his series DELHI CRIME.

Richie Mehta

Writer/Director

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UNDER THE SHADOW: Developing Character and Story with Babak Anvari

Filmmaker Babak Anvari breaks down how he developed core characters and story elements for his award-winning film, UNDER THE SHADOW.

Babak Anvari

Writer, Director, Producer

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Conversation with Ava DuVernay: Art is Activism

Ava DuVernay

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Telling Globally Accessible Stories with Gurinder Chadha

Writer/producer/director Gurinder Chadha, best recognized for films such as BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM and VICEROY'S HOUSE, is known for taking stories from underrepresented communities and bringing them firmly into the spotlight. Hear how she uses pop culture to tell narratives featuring people of color while finding mainstream success.

Gurinder Chadha

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Changing the Cultural Narrative with Heather Rae

Heather Rae is a film and TV producer who also who also promotes narrative change work, particularly for Native and Indigenous filmmakers. Here she talks about how inclusion will change the industry and why producers of culture are more needed than ever.

Heather Rae

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Film as Environmental Activism with Jeff Orlowski

Documentary director Jeff Orlowski has made significant impact awareness around climate change with his films CHASING ICE and CHASING CORAL. Hear how he uses emotional entry points to get audiences to connect to environmental topics.

Jeff Orlowski

Filmmaker

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Making Brave Choices with Nonfiction Filmmaker Nanfu Wang

Documentary director Nanfu Wang has made films that make extreme demands on her physical safety. Learn how she approaches dangerous situations, mitigating risk, and understanding why brave stories need to be told.

Nanfu Wang

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Approaches to Handling Traumatic Material with Alexandria Bombach

Alexandria Bombach

Filmmaker

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The Elements of a Great Documentary Scene with Jonathan Oppenheim

Editor Jonathan Oppenheim has crafted critically-acclaimed documentaries, including "Paris is Burning" and "The Oath". In this video he explains how he thinks about the elements of a good scene, approaching structure, and looking for aliveness in the footage.

Jonathan Oppenheim

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