Pay it forward! Our In-House Shadowing Program is a peer-to-peer mentorship. We connect our participants with AWD members directing film, commercials, music videos, or web series for shadowing opportunities. Shadows can follow through pre-production, shooting, or post (per Shadowees availability).
Interested in being a shadow?
Applications for the 2019 In-House Shadowing Program are currently closed. They will re-open in Summer 2019 for the 2020 Program.
Interested in having a shadow?
There is no extra time commitment required when you have a shadow. You just contact Kayden Phoenix when a director can join you on set, or in pre- or post-production, and we pair you with someone great who becomes a fly on the wall for a day with you. *Please do not email requesting to be a shadow. See above for how to apply.
What AWD directors are saying about the program:
“I was happy to have a shadow on my most recent film Rust Creek. It’s important to me to make sure that I’m giving back to other women whenever I have the opportunity to do so. We’re all trying to get ahead and it’s easy to forget about those trying to get where we are. But we all have something to share.” – Jen McGowan
“Don’t underestimate peer to peer shadowing – we all have different skills to share. Whether you’re giving an introductory peek into the industry or kicking a door wide open for your shadow to step through, shadowing makes our network of competent women stronger. I would have been equally interested to shadow my shadow – it’s fascinating to learn from different approaches. Spending a day with my shadow inspired me to want to help her more.” – Kathleen Davison
“I’m a firm believer that shadowing working directors will move the needle forward and raise us all up together. There are so many facets and variables to directing. Getting to jump from set to set and learn new ways, techniques, systems, work-flow, crews, equipment, genres, budget levels, builds a confidence and a larger director’s toolbox. And these tricks of the trade can then be applied to directing gigs moving forward.” – Rainy Kerwin