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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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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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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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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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Makers of the Oscar-Nominated Doc HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING in Conversation

Tabitha Jackson

Moderator

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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