The Ultimate List of Training-at-Home Sessions

CION has compiled this list of one-time sessions for film professionals to help them develop their skills and training.  There is invaluable information being shared in these sessions.

July 2020
July 13 Crafting Your Digital Series Course runs from June 24 to September 14. July 13 is the last day to submit your application. Learn how to create and launch a compelling, original digital series from concept to marketing. In this live, 8-week online course, you will write your digital pilot, create a series outline, learn how to pitch, fundraise, and bring your series to an audience. Sessions include live pilot reads, peer feedback sessions on your pilot and season arc, and guest speakers. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project and next steps.
July 20 Master Class: Creating a Compelling Pitch Package with Producers Nina Yang Bongiovi & Larissa Rhodes On from 1 to 4 pm EDT. Learn how to create compelling pitch materials to attract the right financial and creative partners to successfully launch your project. Join acclaimed producers Nina Yang Bongiovi (“Fruitvale Station”) and Larissa Rhodes (“Chasing Coral”) in a live, three-hour, online Master Class as they share real-world examples, strategies, and practical tips for crafting pitch decks and other tools for both fiction and documentary projects that instill confidence in your vision and demonstrate your capability to bring that vision to life on the screen.
July 21 Sundance Collab - Crafting Your Short Film Course runs from July 21 to September 13. Learn the steps for creating your short film from defining your creative vision and refining your script through assembling your cast and crew, production planning, and post-production. A Sundance award-winning filmmaker will guide this eight-week fundamentals course which is ideal for writer/directors looking to make their first short fiction film. You should come with a completed draft of a short film script (up to 15 pages) that you want to make. Sessions include presentations, interactive exercises, a guest session with a short film programmer from the Sundance Film Festival, and a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.
July 23 Advisor Q&A Live: Edson Oda on Making Your First Feature Join writer/director Edson Oda (Malaria, A Sensorial Ride, Nine Days) in a Q&A webinar where he’ll recount his leap from making shorts into feature filmmaking. He'll share how to develop and execute an ambitious idea, tackle challenges during production, and more.
July 30 Webinar: Jason Blum on Entrepreneurial Producing in the Horror Genre Join us in a free webinar as Jason takes us behind the scenes and into the mindset, strategies, and tactical decisions on some of his most successful horror films. In this intimate conversation, we'll discuss developing material for the horror genre, reveal Jason's entrepreneurial approach to producing, and learn about distribution strategy in the time of Covid-19.
August 2020
August 5 Getting to Action In this cross-country panel, we gather a group of standout directors, each a recipient of the WIDC Feature Film Award, to check in! We’ll hear their stories and how the current changes in the world are impacting their projects and lives. We’ll discuss what it takes to get to ‘action’ and how the Feature Film Award contributed to this journey. On from 2:30 – 3:30 PM ET.
August 5 Directing Actors (Aug. 2020) On from August 26 to September 16. August 5 is the last day to apply. NOTE: There are TWO 4-week sections of this course being offered. Please only apply to one section. Learn tools for effective communication with actors with Emmy-nominated director Joan Darling as your guide. The sessions in this four-week course will include presentations/discussions and interactive exercises focused on the casting and audition process, breaking down a scene to communicate the objective and key turning point for each character, and techniques to get compelling performances.
August 5 Directing Actors (Sept. 2020) On from September 31 to October 21. August 5 is the last day to apply. NOTE: There are TWO 4-week sections of this course being offered. Please only apply to one section. Learn tools for effective communication with actors with Emmy-nominated director Joan Darling as your guide. The sessions in this four-week course will include presentations/discussions and interactive exercises focused on the casting and audition process, breaking down a scene to communicate the objective and key turning point for each character, and techniques to get compelling performances.
August 10 Sundance Collab - TV Writing Crafting Your Pilot Learn how to give shape and form to the outline of your pilot with an experienced TV writer as your guide. In this live, online course you will cover openings and endings, dialogue, and sharpening characters. Sessions include presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.  Eligibility Requirement: Completion of Sundance Co//ab TV Writing Core Elements course or completion of at least one pilot script as the writer.
August 11 Screenwriting: Core Elements (Sept. 2020) Learn the core elements of writing a screenplay for a feature film, with an accomplished screenwriter as your guide. In this live, online course, you will develop a new script idea into an outline that can be used to write your first draft. The eight weeks will cover character development, theme, story arcs and visual storytelling. Sessions include presentation, discussion, and interactive exercises. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project. Application deadline is 2 pm on August 11. Course runs for eight weeks, Sept 1 - Oct 25.

Currently, we don’t know of any upcoming events. Please check back soon or contact us if you know of an event you’d like us to include.

Currently, we don’t know of any upcoming events. Please check back soon or contact us if you know of an event you’d like us to include.

Currently, we don’t know of any upcoming events. Please check back soon or contact us if you know of an event you’d like us to include.

July 2020
July 28 The Pandemic Finish: Remote Tools for a Modern Post-Production The post-production sector is ahead of the curve and ready to take on new challenges. With the development of remote toolsets, we see just that; technology meeting tomorrow’s needs for quality and secure finishing processes. Don’t miss this informative webinar that will introduce you to a brand new set of remote tools for sound and picture, including the ONE DUB remote ADR system. On from 2:30 – 3:30 ET.

Currently, we don’t know of any upcoming events. Please check back soon or contact us if you know of an event you’d like us to include.