1996 Directors Lab

The Directors Lab is held for 3-4 weeks each June at the Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah. A total of eight projects, the vast majority of which have participated in a previous Screenwriters Lab, are invited to participate. There is no open application for the Directors Lab; rather, applicants to the January Screenwriters Lab program are considered for the June Directors Lab after their projects have been selected for the January Screenwriters Lab.
Over the course of the Directors Lab, the Fellows work with an accomplished group of Creative Advisors and professional production crews, rehearsing, shooting, and editing key scenes from their scripts. Through this intense, hands-on process, the Fellows push the boundaries of their scripts, allowing them to workshop text, collaborate with actors, and find a visual language for their film in an atmosphere where experimentation is encouraged. Surrounded by seasoned professionals, yet removed from the typical pressures of production, Lab Fellows are offered a unique opportunity to see the script “on its feet,” develop skills, and take risks. Directors Lab Fellows also join in the week-long Screenwriters Lab with five additional Screenwriter projects to participate in individualized story sessions under the guidance of established screenwriters.

  • Credits
  • Projects

Alice Arlen

Creative Advisor

Jon Anvent

Creative Advisor

Michael Ballhaus

Creative Advisor

Kathy Bates

Creative Advisor

Henry Bean

Creative Advisor

Richard Benjamin

Creative Advisor

Walter Bernstein

Creative Advisor

Kathryn Bigelow

Creative Advisor

Aida Bortnik

Creative Advisor

David Cronenberg

Creative Advisor

Joan Darling

Creative Advisor

Allen Daviau

Creative Advisor

Sally Field

Creative Advisor

Eva Gardos

Creative Advisor

Gyula Gazdag

Creative Advisor

Nelson George

Creative Advisor

Carlin Glynn

Creative Advisor

Peter Hedges

Creative Advisor

Jeremy Kagan

Creative Advisor

Millard Kaufman

Creative Advisor

John Landis

Creative Advisor

Michael Lehmann

Creative Advisor

Barbara Marks

Creative Advisor

Richard Marks

Creative Advisor

Peter Masterson

Creative Advisor

Christopher McQuarrie

Creative Advisor

Frank Oz

Creative Advisor

Frank Pierson

Creative Advisor

Steven Poster

Creative Advisor

Robert Redford

Creative Advisor

Nancy Richardson

Creative Advisor

Michael Schiffer

Creative Advisor

Susan Shilliday

Creative Advisor

Stewart Stern

Creative Advisor

Wesley Strick

Creative Advisor

Rafael Yglesias

Creative Advisor

Kevin Anderson

Actor

Gerry Bamman

Actor

Bok-Yun Chon

Actor

Amanda Donohoe

Actor

Dennis Dun

Actor

Clea DuVall

Actor

James Gandolfini

Actor

Tim Guinee

Actor

Ted Levine

Actor

Martha Plimpton

Actor

Anne Ramsay

Actor

Bill Sage

Actor

Nina Siemaszko

Actor

Karen Sillas

Actor

John Slattery

Actor

Brooke Smith

Actor

Nick Stahl

Actor

Henry Thomas

Actor

Tamlyn Tomita

Actor

Robin Tunney

Actor

James Whitmore

Actor

Victor Wong

Actor
  
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