Yesterday, I finished a three day intensive workshop with the Sundance Institute.


The three day intensive consisted of panels, workshops (writing & directing), one on one script meetings, writer’s rooms, and sit downs with industry professionals.

From the press release:

Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute has selected 18 creators of short form digital series for its inaugural Sundance Institute | YouTube New Voices Lab, November 10-12 at YouTube Space Los Angeles. Through hands-on workshops and story meetings with showrunners and industry leaders, the New Voices Lab will cultivate a growing group of emerging creatives who are shaping the form and content of episodic storytelling. The New Voices Lab is part of Sundance Institute and YouTube’s ongoing commitment to supporting independent creators working in narrative forms. This effort follows the Sundance Institute’s annual Episodic Story Lab that began in 2014 and the Sundance Institute | YouTube Creators Intensive launched in 2016.

Fellows will work with creators, showrunners and episodic producers to further the development of original short-form projects in a supportive environment that encourages risk-taking and innovation, led by Michelle Satter, Founding Director of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, and Jennifer Goyne Blake, Senior Manager of the Episodic Storytelling Initiative, with curriculum support from executives at YouTube. Over three days, Fellows will participate in an intensive writing workshop, directing the actor workshop, one-on-one creative story meetings, writers’ rooms, and case study presentations. After the Lab, Fellows will have access to year-round, customized creative and strategic support through Sundance Institute’s staff and network of mentors.

The entire experience was amazing. Every filmmaker should submit when they’re ready. If you are accepted, you will not regret it.

I’ll write a more detailed post breaking down what happenes in the labs soon. Until then, enjoy these insights, clips, and photos from the lab via Twitter Moments!