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.

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 9 Online Meetup with Trey Ellis Even though we’re separated physically, our Online Meetups allow you to connect with other creators. The Online Meetup begins with everyone viewing works-in-progress by Sundance Co//ab community members then listen and learn from live feedback between the creator and a Sundance Advisor. Afterwards, we all meet and mingle in virtual breakout rooms to discuss our thoughts on the works-in-progress and our own projects. Join us for our Online Meetup on August 9, 10:00 am - 11:30 am PT / 6pm - 7:30pm BST as our artist-in-residence, filmmaker Trey Ellis, shares his insight and advice as he answers questions from the creators of two works-in-progress selected from the short films posted to the Share Your Work section on Co//ab.
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 10 Screenwriting: Writing Your Third Act (Aug. 2020) with David Schwab Learn how to give shape and form to the third act of your feature-length screenplay with experienced screenwriters as your guides. In this intensive live, online course, you will complete the third act of your screenplay through lectures, assignments and small group workshops. On for Eight weeks, August 17 - October 18. Registration deadline is Monday, August 10 at 2pm PT.
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.
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 (Sept 1 - Oct 25) will cover character development, theme, story arcs and visual storytelling. Application deadline: Tuesday, August 11 at 2pm PT.
August 12 Indigenous Interactive Media Session supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Join Sundance Institute's Indigenous Program for a panel discussion with global Indigenous artists who are creating interactive media in the ever-evolving technological space of XR. Panelists will examine the importance of self-determination, agency, and protocol in Indigenized user experiences and will encourage budding artists to explore XR, and join them in the Indigenizing of a new media culture. The sessions runs from 3:00 to 4:30 pm PDT.
August 14 Nurture Your Creative Ideas While Learning the Essential Elements of Producing with NSI Business for Producers An online distance learning and mentorship program, from the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) and program partner the Canada Media Fund (CMF), designed to help up to 20 creative entrepreneurs nurture story ideas (of all genres) while navigating the logistics and legalities of screen-based storytelling. Apply by August 14 at 5 pm CT.

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.

August 2020
August 20 Master Class: Marketing & Distributing Your Feature Film with Russell Schwartz While film marketing and distribution has changed notably over the past decade, it will evolve even more radically over the next year as we learn how filmed media will be positioned in a post-pandemic world. Pandemic Marketing Corporation Partner, and former President of Marketing at Relativity Media and New Line Cinema, Russell Schwartz, will lead a three-hour, live, online master class focused on the practical aspects of distributing and marketing your feature film, as well as the changing landscape. Starts at 1 pm EDT.

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August 2020
August 27 Webinar: A Beginner’s Guide to Film Editing - Presented by Adobe Editing is where your story takes shape and comes to life, but how do you execute your ideas in the most effective manner? In this interactive technical webinar, filmmaker and Adobe Master Trainer Valentina Vee will show you how to organize your footage and sync your clips quickly to help you pull your story together. Session runs from 3:00 to 4:14 pm EDT.

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.