The Sandbox

*** The Sandbox is on hiatus for Fall 2019 but will be back in 2020. Stay tuned for updates! ***

The Sandbox is a workshop for film directors to practice and refine their craft.
Musicians and athletes practice every single day, and so should directors!
We run in tandem with Filmshop's workshop calendar, with 16 weekly meetings in Spring (February to June) and Fall (August to December) on Thursday nights.


What do we do in our meetings?
Before every meeting, we handpick a two-page scene and cast two or three actors to "play."
Four directors each take 25-30 minutes to work on their vision of the scene with the actors, followed by
a round of constructive feedback by the directors. 
The Sandbox is a safe place for directors to experiment, fail and succeed, and learn from other directors.
It is a rigorous process that has led to tremendous growth in our members.

We're a community
We're here to help and support each other as we reach our own individual goals, and for that to happen every member
takes an active part in the community.
Some help by maintaining our social media presence,  promoting events and members, as well as
organizing fun events for the community.

So, how do I apply? 
The Sandbox is open to any director that has directed a short, web-series, or feature film
Please see our application below. 


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BRIC, a leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, recently did a short piece about director Gregorio Sassoli and The Sandbox. Check it out!

Dani directs

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Directors at work

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