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.

October 2020
October 1 Navigating the Film & TV Business (Oct. 2020) Course runs from October 22 to December 20. Application deadline is October 1 at 2 pm PT. Learn how to navigate the business and present yourself as a writer or director in meetings and networking opportunities with experienced instructors as your guides. In this live online course, you will develop and rehearse a pitch for your project and discover what a writer or director needs to know about the business of U.S.-based film and television, including advice on how to break into the business and navigate your career. In class sessions, you will learn about business elements of the screenwriting and directing fields, complete interactive exercises, and discuss concepts with course advisors. Weekly homework designed to prepare you with the critical tools needed to sustain a career is reviewed by your advisor.
October 2 TV Writing: Core Elements (Self-paced) (Oct. 2020) Course runs from October 12 to December 6. Application deadline is October 2 at 2 pm PT. Create an outline for your TV pilot idea in eight weeks with an accomplished TV writer as your guide. In this self-paced course, you will take this important first step for your original pilot script and learn a set of tools to help you ask the important questions of every scene and character that will get you past "stuck" when writing future episodes. 
 In weekly sessions, you will view pre-recorded lectures structured around key topics, analyze clips from half-hour and full-hour sitcoms and dramas, and complete exercises that will allow you to apply the concepts to your own project. Homework after each session is designed to move your pilot idea through to your beat sheet, and then your completed outline. Your course advisor will give you detailed feedback on your project in its developmental stages: on your beat sheet (in weeks 4 and 5), and again on your final outline (week 8). You will also have the opportunity to join weekly office hours, held by the course advisor, to ask questions and discuss concepts. The course includes resources such as pilot scripts, beat sheets, and outlines for major series. 
October 5 Screenwriting: Core Elements (Oct 2020) Course runs from October 20 to December 13. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2pm PT, Monday, October 5. Create an outline for your feature film screenplay, with an accomplished screenwriter as your guide. In this live, online course, you will develop a new story idea into a full outline that can be used to guide the writing of your script. In lecture sessions you will analyze clips from full-length feature films that exemplify important concepts, complete interactive exercises, and discuss concepts and raise questions with others in your course. Weekly homework is reviewed by your course advisor and is designed to move you closer to your completed outline. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.
October 8 The Power of Voice Online Workshop On from 7 to 8:30 pm. Must register in advance. Admission is $25. Join a community of writers to liberate your individual voice and truly speak, tell, and present your stories/poems/pieces. Voice is the writer’s fingerprint, a unique combination of inheritance, culture, language, experiences and identity. Voice also is the primary encounter between the writer and the reader/ listener. Often our voice is colonized by institutions and educations and gets lost in requirements, expectations, and decorum. The authentic voice of our characters, our speakers and ourselves are buried in a world of performance. In this online workshop, this community of writers work to liberate our individual voices to truly speak/tell/present our stories/poems/pieces. Specific exercises allow us to unearth our voices, while exchanging with one another to create an exciting writers’ dialogue. We produce pieces where our voices, interior and exterior, come to life. This workshop is taught by and for BIPOC artist disruptors to strengthen their craft, practice and build power.
October 26 Master Class: Finding Your Screenplay's Story with David Schwab This Master Class runs from 1 to 4 pm EDT. A good story takes time to unfold and emerge, which can be exciting and intimidating. And there is always the question if it is good enough. Even before you begin a screenplay, you need a compelling idea and a sense of how to keep your audience engaged by creating conflict and tension within your story. Join David Schwab, an NYC-based screenwriter and an adjunct professor of screenwriting at the Graduate Film School at Columbia University, in a live, three-hour, online Master Class where he'll help screenwriters learn the essential process of finding compelling, resonant stories to tell. He’ll identify strategies to find your dramatic problem and themes and methods for engaging the audience. Guest filmmakers will share how they find their ideas and reflect on the importance of finding stories to which you have a strong, authentic connection.
November 2020
November 2 TV Writing: Core Elements (Self-paced) (Nov. 2020) Course applications now being accepted. Applications close 2pm PT, Nov. 2, 2020. Create an outline for your TV pilot idea in eight weeks with an accomplished TV writer as your guide. In this self-paced course, you will take this important first step for your original pilot script and learn a set of tools to help you ask the important questions of every scene and character that will get you past "stuck" when writing future episodes. 
 In weekly sessions, you will view pre-recorded lectures structured around key topics, analyze clips from half-hour and full-hour sitcoms and dramas, and complete exercises that will allow you to apply the concepts to your own project. Homework after each session is designed to move your pilot idea through to your beat sheet, and then your completed outline. Your course advisor will give you detailed feedback on your project in its developmental stages: on your beat sheet (in weeks 4 and 5), and again on your final outline (week 8). You will also have the opportunity to join weekly office hours, held by the course advisor, to ask questions and discuss concepts.

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.

October 2020
October 1 Navigating the Film & TV Business (Oct. 2020) Course runs from October 22 to December 20. Application deadline is Thursday, October 1 at 2pm PT.
October 7 Chloé Zhao on Finding Your Way as a Filmmaker On from 3 to 4:15 pm EDT. Fresh from her big wins at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals with her film, NOMADLAND, writer/director/producer Chloé Zhao joins us for an intimate conversation about finding your way as a filmmaker. From her directorial debut feature film, SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME, to currently helming one of the highly-anticipated next installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ETERNALS, Chloé will reveal what she’s learned about how to build and sustain a career. And for her...it all comes down to choices. Join us for a candid discussion about how to choose the right project, select your key collaborators, and organize your set to create a productive and positive environment. We’ll also get her advice on adjusting to this challenging moment in filmmaking and why you have to continuously reinvent yourself as an artist. All Sundance Co//ab webinars are recorded and will be available for all registrants after the live event. Please allow up to 24 hours after the live event for the recording to be posted.
October 7 Film Producing: Workshopping Your Feature (Oct. 2020) Course runs from October 21 to December 19. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2pm PT, Wednesday, October 7. Learn how to develop successful producing strategies for all major aspects of getting your independent fiction film made and seen, with accomplished producers as your guides. This course takes a problem-solving approach to creative producing challenges found in your feature-length fiction film currently in development, pre-production, or production. In this live, online course, you will engage in topical, participatory lecture and discussion sessions each week with the lead instructor. In five of the sessions, you will move from that week’s lecture into a breakout session with a course Advisor (credited producers from the Sundance network) where you will engage in small group problem-solving sessions based on each participant’s individual project needs. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session with your Advisor focused on your project.
October 14 Advisor Q&A Live: Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera on Making THE INFILTRATORS On from 4 to 5 pm EDT. Hybrid filmmaking is an approach to filmmaking that weaves traditional documentary-style techniques with scripted sequences to tell a cinematic story. Filmmakers Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra premiered their hybrid activist film, THE INFILTRATORS, at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival winning the NEXT Audience Award, NEXT Innovator Prize, and critical acclaim for taking audiences inside the world of the U.S. immigration detention system. Join us as Alex and Cristina reveal the two-year journey of making THE INFILTRATORS. We’ll discuss their motivation to make this film, how they successfully executed their hybrid approach, and get their advice on lessons learned to pull off the cinematic experiment that the L.A.Times called, “the energy of a crime thriller crossed with the urgency of a social-issue documentary.”

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.