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July 21, 2011 1:37 AM
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Sundance Announces Details on First-Ever Comedy ShortsLab

The Sundance Institute has released the schedule and list of featured participants for its first-ever Comedy ShortsLab. The one-day symposium on comedic short-form filmmaking takes place Saturday, August 6 in Los Angeles.

The event will feature a full day of panels, discussions and screenings. Featured participants include Julie Delpy, Ruben Fleischer, Bobcat Goldthwait, Funny or Die and Troy Miller.

Go here to purchase tickets. For the full schedule see below:

Comedy ShortsLab Schedule

Creating Comedy
From creating a comedic premise to finding what works for an audience, a discussion around the discovery and development of the comedic voice. Moderator: Scott Aukerman (‘Comedy Bang Bang Podcast’, Producer of ‘Between Two Ferns’). Panelists will include: Julie Delpy (2 Days in Paris), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and others to be announced soon.

Performance Enhancement
A conversation about the sometimes turbulent but always vital relationship between actors and directors. From rehearsals and blocking, to improv and timing, we look at what works best and what doesn't work at all. Moderator: Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids, The Good Girl). Panelists will include: Bobcat Goldthwait (World's Greatest Dad), Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital, How To Make It In America) and others to be announced soon.

Funny or Die: Creating Hit Online Comedy
Join the creative, production and marketing team from Funny or Die as they walk us through the creation process for the funniest web videos online today. Topics will cover all facets of the company, including writing, directing, producing, distributing and marketing, with case studies on specific videos that illustrate how it all comes together.

Since its inception four years ago, Funny Or Die has emerged as an award-winning, top destination for comedy on the web. With hundreds of exclusive celebrity videos and a steady stream of huge viral hits, Funny or Die has become the "place to be seen" for comedic celebrities, and the obvious destination for a daily comedy fix. The site averages over 12 million unique users per month and over 40 million video views per month.

From Short Script to Short Film
A roundtable conversation with the team that has created several opening montage films for the Academy Awards, including Troy Miller (Mr. Show, Flight of the Conchords) and his veteran short-form collaborators, who will share insights into creating comedy through timing, structure and creative production technique. From the first paragraph to the final edit, Miller and his team will discuss their relationship to the beats and rhythms best suited to create laughs and how best to capture them.

Make ‘em Laugh: Signature Styles Connecting to Ideal Audiences
Presentations from filmmakers who have created a loyal fan base with their distinctive short films. They'll share the path they forged to finding their voice and their audience. Filmmakers will include: Derrick Comedy (Mystery Team), The Zellner Bros (Goliath) and Derek Waters (Drunk History).

Cocktail and Networking Reception
The Comedy ShortsLab will close with an informal gathering and a chance for attendees to network with panelists, festival programmers and each other.

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