For those who have a work-in-progress and want a short intense injection of inspiration, this will be a safe and supportive setting in which to share work with someone skilled in the craft of storytelling.  
 
Storytelling involves finding a synergy between you, your material, and the Craft.  So works-in-progress will be screened in the group and experienced feedback will be offered by the instructor with your goals in mind, your creative center seen and valued, and your humanity respected.  
 
The weekend will be grounded in key tips and core tools of the craft and comments will cover areas such as story structure, character development, style to support story, scene construction, specific shot selection and edit choices, story-driven use of sound and music, and overall aid in building from the strengths in your material (even turning apparent shortcomings into strengths).  Other related areas can be covered as needed and desired.  
 
After receiving instructor feedback, you can choose whether or not to receive class comments. If you choose to do so, there will be a specific constructive, and time-aware, framework provided for that. 
 
For students who have taken previous classes with this instructor, this is a perfect way to check in and continue your growth; for those who have not taken a class yet, this is a good step toward one of her more advanced classes.
 
Non-fiction pieces will primarily make up this class but, with instructor permission, fiction pieces may also be submitted for help sharpening storytelling in the edit room.
 

Notes: 

  • All works must be shared with the instructor in advance (for preparation and shaping of the two-day experience).
  • If you don’t have a current work-in-progress, you can submit and screen a previous finished piece for feedback to help you continue growing in your craft.  
 
Lunch is included each day.
 

Instructors

Dana Rae Warren

Dana Rae Warren is a filmmaker, teacher, and consultant with 25 years in the national television documentary and independent film worlds. She enjoys and has developed particular expertise shaping stories in the edit room. Her work includes: Producer Writer on the Peabody Award-winning and twice Emmy-nominated Turner Broadcasting series Moon Shot; Producer Writer Director on multiple episodes for the PBS NOVA Science Now series, including profiles on MacArthur Awardee Edith Widder and National Medal of Science Awardee Lonnie Thompson, as well as on animal intelligence and on the link between exploring space and the deep sea; ongoing award-winning public service such as the tobacco-free campaign, Quit For Your Kids; and Great Expectations, an education series, which aired on The Sundance Channel, won an Emmy and was invited to present at Austin’s SXSW Education Conference.

Dana Rae also works as a Series Supervising Producer for television and Story Consultant, Script Consultant, and Consulting Producer for television and independent feature projects.  Examples include the internationally shot weekly History Channel series Deep Sea Detectives (Series Supervising Producer); History’s 13-part series Tougher in Alaska (Series Consulting Producer and Episode Writer); NOVA’s Hubble’s Amazing Rescue (Script Consultant); and independent films such as Oliver Wilkins Rabbit Hole, premiering at the Camden International Film Festival, the Qatari film Once Upon a Time I Was, and the Egyptian film Words of Witness (Consulting Producer), which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival

For her independent films, Dana Rae often chronicles stories that unfold over long periods, including Lou of Betty & Lou (ten years in the life of a 93-year-old), Global Citizen, a small town Maine girl grows into international humanitarian worker (starting in Russia at age 14 and continuing through Afghanistan and Kosovo in the 1990s, and now the Middle East at age 39); Prisoner of the Past, about a Lewiston area Jewish-American WWII POW returning to the site of his capture; Her Game, a year in the life a college women's basketball team (selected for IFP's Independent Feature Film Market); and Alleluia Junction: A Community Choir Journeys from Maine to Russia. 

Teaching, collaborating, and consulting, with both professionals and laypeople, is one of Dana Rae’s greatest pleasures. She has worked with both adults and children of all ages for schools and organizations such as The Sundance Institute's program at the International Film & Television School in Cuba, multiple K-12 schools, the international school Maine Media Workshops, University of Southern Maine, University of Rhode Island, and Bates College, as well as corporate & federal entities.

She was previously a Governor’s Appointee to the Maine Film Commission under two governors, and served on the Board of the Camden International Film Festival. Dana Rae graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University and, before filmmaking, worked in the social service field, including group homes for kids, and a hotline for women facing violence.

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