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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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Making Documentaries Using Archival Footage with Penny Lane

Penny Lane

Filmmaker

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Creating Documentary Portraits with Jeff Malmberg

Jeff Malmberg

Filmmaker

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BOYS DON'T CRY: A Case Study with Writer/Director Kimberly Peirce

Hear how writer/director Kimberly Peirce developed BOYS DON'T CRY and took it from the Sundance Labs to winning an Oscar

Kimberly Ane Peirce

Writer/Director

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Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum on Composing for Film

Learn how to capture the DNA of a film through melody and sound

Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

Composer

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Build and Sustain Your Producing Career with Carly Hugo and Matt Parker

How to sustain yourself as you build your producing career

Carly Hugo

Producer

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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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From Twitter to HBO: How Sujata Day Launched Her Career

Writer/actor Sujata Day (HBO’s INSECURE) talks about how she used the internet to launch her career and make a short film.

Sujata Day

Actor/Writer

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Producing Change with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson

Learn how the producers of CRAZY RICH ASIANS & THE HUNGER GAMES use their producing roles to shape the future of film & TV.

Moira Griffin

Moderator

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Finding the Funny in TV Comedy with Ken Kwapis

What do THE OFFICE, THE BERNIE MAC SHOW, and the Cookie Monster all have in common? Ken Kwapis made them funny - learn how!

Ken Kwapis

Director

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Creative Producing with Stephanie Allain: Indies, Studios, Networks

From HUSTLE & FLOW to DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, producer Stephanie Allain shares how she makes independent work for studios.

Stephanie Allain

Producer

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Collaborating for Success: The Producer & Director Relationship

The producer and director of the award-winning SEARCHING, Sev Ohanian and Aneesh Chaganty, share their recipe for successful collaboration

Aneesh Chaganty

Writer/Director

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Meet the Sundance Team: Supporting Artists Year-Round

An interactive webinar featuring the Sundance Program Leads who will demystify the Sundance Lab selection process and experience. Learn about the different labs we offer, how they offer sustained support to artists, and what makes a strong submission.

Brittany Machado

Administrator

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Making Short Films

Join Senior Short Film Programmer, Mike Plante and learn about the art and craft of making short films and strategizing for festival and distribution opportunities.

Mike Plante

Senior Programmer, Sundance Institute

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Brave Storytelling

Stories transport and ​can ​transform us. They allow us to know ourselves and others, and to find meaning in our lives and in our world. They cross borders, transcend culture, and allow us to frame our worlds through new lenses. To create rich stories takes​ courage​ and a willingness to ​do the deep work. Ilyse McKimmie, Kimberly Peirce, Heather Rae, Tyger Williams, Justin Chon, and Rudy Valdez discuss.

Heather Rae

Producer, Director

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Ryan Coogler & Jenna Wortham at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Ryan Coogler discusses clips of BLACK PANTHER & FRUITVALE STATION with culture reporter Jenna Wortham (NYT Magazine).

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Peter Sollett: RAISING VICTOR VARGAS Case Study

Peter Sollett talks working with non-actors, improvisation, and developing a story framework via RAISING VICTOR VARGAS.

Peter Sollett

Director

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How to View Footage with Toby Shimin

Documentary editor Toby Shimin talks about how to screen for emotion and story, organizing footage, and building impact.

Toby Shimin

Editor

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Shorts Programming at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival with Robert Redford

Robert Redford, John Cooper & filmmakers talk about Sundance shorts programming - an important part of the Festival since 1989

John Cooper

Director, Sundance Film Festival

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Innovation & Adaptation with John August

Whether you’re writing a game, app, musical, or a screenplay, John August explains how to innovate for your audience.

John August

Screenwriter, Novelist, Software Developer

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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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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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Creating MOONLIGHT: A Case Study with Barry Jenkins

MOONLIGHT director Barry Jenkins talks about key scenes in his Oscar-winning film and an artist's essential need to take risks.

Barry Jenkins

Director

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The Basics of Being a Music Editor with Adam Smalley

Music editor Adam Smalley talks about how he works with directors and composers to incorporate and enhance sound into films.

Adam Smalley

Music Editor

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The Music and Sounds of Catherine Hardwicke's Films

Learn how Catherine Hardwicke works to create stunning aural worlds by blending compositions, tracks, and sound design.

Catherine Hardwicke

Director

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Using Sound to Craft Meaning with Yance Ford

Documentary director Yance Ford spent 10 years capturing the right sound for STRONG ISLAND - here's how he did it.

Yance Ford

Director, Producer

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Amplifying Story Through Music

Join Peter Golub, Director of the Sundance Film Music Program, director Jodie Foster, composer Mark Isham, and music editor Thomas Carlson as they discuss how music can amplify and refine storytelling in film.

Jodie Foster

Director

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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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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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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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