The Director as Storyteller

Through visual storytelling, directors can creat signature narratives. How do directors influence and redefine a scripted story cinematically? In what ways do they shape the material and make it their own, given the demands of the collaborative medium? When writer/director take their scripts to the screen, do they have to “fire the writer” symbolically in order to tell their stories visually? Taking into account preproduction, production, and editing processes, this panel of Sundance filmmakers will study disparate directors’ philosophies, as well as the way they actually operate. This panel is sponsored by RKO pictures.

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