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Directors Share The Best Piece of Advice They Received at The Sundance Labs

15 July 2016 11:37 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Following in the footsteps of alums like Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and Ryan Coogler, eight up-and-coming directors just completed the Sundance Directors Lab. For four weeks these directing fellows worked with actors and production crews to shoot and edit key scenes from their screenplays. Throughout the process they were mentored, working one-on-one with creatives advisors as they made key discoveries about their scripts, collaborated with actors and found a visual storytelling language for their films.

Photo Gallery: Sundance Lab Throwback — Tarantino, Pt Anderson, Cary Fukunaga, Ryan Coogler and Others Workshop Their First Features

Sundance’s creative advisors include an impressive list of great filmmakers and teachers, including Robert Redford himself, who return to Park City to mentor the new class of directors. We recently asked this year’s fellows what was the best piece of advice they received and who gave it to them.

Annie Silverstein:

“In working with actors, »

- Chris O'Falt

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Inside The Sundance Directors Lab: Why It’s So Valuable To Workshop Scenes

12 July 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Be prepared. Write, then rewrite your script until it’s perfect. Shot list, storyboard, create a visual plan for your cinematic universe.

There’s a myth, which often starts in film school and is perpetuated by dissecting the work of great directors, that up-and-coming directors can plan their entire movies in their head. Yet what so often happens when first-time feature directors get to set  —  and their movie exits their head and becomes reality —  is things are totally different than what they imagined. Previous concerns instantly become irrelevant, while problems never imagined become stark realities. Collaborations alter plans and bring new possibilities to the table, but it often becomes impossible to harness and adjust when low budget filmmaking, with its impossibly tight shooting schedule, is a race against the clock.

Photo Gallery:  Behind the Scenes of the 2016 Sundance Directors Lab

At the heart of the Sundance Directors Lab is the »

- Chris O'Falt

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