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Carson Mell At The Sundance Directors Lab, Part Two

27 June 2012 9:17 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

The Sundance June Directors Lab is underway, and blogging here at Filmmaker from the Sundance Resort in Utah will be two of the Lab’s filmmakers. Here is Carson Mell, attending with his dark comedy, Ajax, about “a band of alcoholic astronauts and a young woman adrift in outer space [who] become at odds with one another after discovering the purpose of their mysterious mission.” Read part one of his series here.

The Sundance Directors Lab is over now, and I’m starting the Screenwriters Lab again in a couple of days. Out of the last 17 days, we’ve only had two days when we weren’t rehearsing, shooting, or editing. I’m exhausted, currently re-editing one of the four scenes I shot, but still wish that there was more.

My main goal up here has been finding a way to incorporate improvisation into my work, and at what stages in the process to do so, »

- Carson Mell

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Marielle Heller At The Sundance Directors Lab, Part One

7 June 2012 7:44 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Marielle Heller, a New York-based screenwriter, actor and playwright, is attending the June Sundance Directors Lab with her project, The Diary of a Teenage Girl. “In the haze of 1970’s San Francisco, a teenage artist with a brutally honest perspective tries to navigate her way through an affair with her mother’s boyfriend,” is its description, and the film is being adapted from the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner. Here is Heller’s first blog post from the Sundance Resort in Utah.

It’s the end of our first week of four at the Sundance Directors Lab. I feel as though I’ve been here for a month already – in a good way. We’ve spent the first week doing day-long workshops, getting to know each other and our crews, doing practice scenes and acclimating to the altitude.

Gyula Gazdag’s “Using the Camera To Tell a Story” was the workshop on our second day. »

- Marielle Heller

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