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For Directing & Writing Fellowship Programs

This 2.5 hour intensive will share best practices for directors who are pitching on pilots and features, and formats for writers for pitching short & feature films and television shows. You will learn about look books, decks, sizzle & tips for the pitch.

Saturday, June 3

10A - 12:30P PST

Length: 2.5 hours

Format: Zoom Meeting

Cost: $80

To enroll in this course, please fill out THIS REGISTRATION FORM.

To pay the course fee, please use THIS PAYMENT LINK.

In this session designed for directors and writers applying to industry pipeline programs will learn:

  • To craft a compelling application package that shares who you are as a director, what you bring & why you for the program

  • Ways to conjure stories and craft a strong personal statement that clearly shares your voice and communicates your vision

  • Free writing and writing techniques to help you tailor your applications for each fellowship and program you apply for

  • How to ask the specific writing prompts for essays and video statements for recent fellowship applications

  • How to organize and craft a bio that pops and organize and format your resume into professional credits style pdf

  • Techniques to get executives to lean in and ask deeper questions about you and why you to tell this story (for writers)

  • Tactics to get the selection committee to lean in and ask deeper questions about you and why you to for this program (for directors)

  • View examples of compelling professional/personal statements, bios and other application materials

  • Tips for the Zoom and in-person interviews, which are similar to generals and that can feel very awkward

  • Q&A with directors and writers who have used this method and landed in their dream programs! (subject to availability)


See this list of STUDIO DIRECTING PROGRAMS for the types of programs this course will use as a model for your materials.

Please note that the RYAN MURPHY HALF INITIATIVE for DIRECTORS will open their next round of applications in June of 2023.


For more information, about your instructor Dr. Rachel Raimist please read her bio here.


For more information, please email

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