Sundance and Skywalker Sound announce new collaboration
Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound have announced a new collaboration aimed at supporting independent filmmakers and film composers.
The partnership, which focuses mainly on sound design, marks an expansion of Sundance’s existing composer labs.
Over the next two years, the new Sundance Institute music and sound design labs will take place at the Skywalker Ranch instead of the traditional Sundance Resort in Utah.
The two organisations also revealed a list of filmmakers and composers that made it into the first ever workshop sessions.
Founded in 1981 by the actor and director Robert Redford, the Sundance Institute has hosted its composer labs for fiction feature films since 1999 and documentaries since 2005, allowing composers and independent filmmakers to collaboratively explore the process of writing music for film.
Keri Putnam, executive director of the institute, said: “Hosting the composer labs at Skywalker Ranch allows an expansion of the programme to include sound design, giving further insight into the powerful ways that sound and music can impact independent films. We are deeply grateful to the Skywalker team for working with us to provide our fellows with the tremendous benefit of accessing this legendary facility.”
A full list of the 2013 selection of filmmakers and composers can be found on Sundance’s website.