Industry Insights—Directing

Join a panel of LAFS instructors to discuss directing. Get your questions answered, participate in the group discussion, or just listen in.

Sandra Lee

Gerald Wu has been in the film industry for over 35 years. He started in NYC with a little-known director named Spike Lee. He worked in a Manhattan production company for the next three years, starting as a PA, and six months later was the producer of more than 150 commercials. Gerald has held the professional positions of cinematographer, director, 1st AD, stage manager, and UPM. He joined the Directors Guild of America in 2003 and has worked with many directors like Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Lasse Hallstrom, Doug Liman, Michael Bay, and more. He has learned the directing craft through years of experience, listening to the veteran directors he worked with, and watching many videos on this subject.

Trent Duncan
is an award winning Independent Filmmaker and NAVY Veteran. Trent’s filmmaking journey has allowed him to create a variety of narrative short and feature films, horror fan films, music videos, commercial projects, and more. Trent is also the Festival Director and creator of the End of Days Film Festival, an international apocalyptic short film festival. As a military Veteran, Trent served 5 years in the United States Navy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. With an Associates Degree in Film Production Technology, a Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing, and a Master of Arts in Film Studies, Trent also enjoys Science Fiction films and claims Aliens (1986) as his favorite movie of all time. To learn more, visit

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