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Spotlight Workshop: The Director’s Tool Box

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Date(s) - 08/24/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm



A director’s level of creative leadership is what can make or break a film.

It’s the job of a director to make sure all parts of a film project are creatively envisioned, communicated, produced, and brought together. It’s a complex job, and it’s only those who are fully prepared and equipped—artistically, professionally, emotionally, and relationally—who stand out in this competitive field. This workshop will equip you with what you need to hire or to be a director who is great on every level. Whether you’re a director who is creating a film, a producer who is hiring a director for an upcoming project, or part of the cast & crew who need to know how to work effectively with a director, this workshop is for you. Starting simply with the bare ideas of an entire film, a good director carries all the tools that are needed to draw the best out of the creative cast and crew to make that film a reality. This workshop will help you get there!

Who should attend: Film and television directors, producers, production team members, actors, writers, and anyone interested in the creative film process.

What you should bring: Note taking tools.

By the end of this workshop, you’ll know:

  • How to identify, communicate, and protect a film story while you work with and gain the trust of a project’s producers, writers, actors, and crew;
  • The practical elements of directing a film from start to finish and from pitch to post; and
  • All the tools you’ll need to provide the good creative leadership that will translate into an excellent film.

Instructor: James O’Keeffe is a director/cinematographer with over 30 years of experience in theatrical, documentary, commercial, promotion, and education programs in both film and digital media. He recently directed the award-winning documentary GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District, which aired on PBS, and the 12-part narrative series, Rivka, set in 1st centrury Palestine. As a cinematographer, he has shot features, movies of the week, commercials, music videos, documentaries and TV pilots as well as hundreds of hours of television programming. His feature film projects include Mike Figgis’ Time Code and Execution by Ghost Rider Pictures. He has been Director of Photography on many award-winning documentaries, including a national Emmy for No Greater Love. James has taught cinematography at USC School of Cinematic Arts for over 15 years and is a member of the Television Arts and Sciences Academy. He is married to Dawn Carson O’Keeffe, a television and film producer, and together they own Blue Field Productions.

Space is limited, and you must register ahead of time, so sign up today!

Register HERE.


Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

The good folks at the Netflix Security Gate will need to see a government-issued photo ID to match with your name on the list we give them, so make sure you register and bring your driver’s license or passport with you.

How early should I arrive at the event?

You should leave yourself enough time to get through the security gate, park in the parking structure, and walk to the front door of Netflix, where we will have someone waiting to direct you to the workshop room. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before the workshop is scheduled to begin.

What are my parking options getting to the event?

Parking is free if you are on the attendee list – here are the guest parking guidelines:

  • Guest parking is located at 1455 N. Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
  • Please enter the Main Entry via the security gate.
  • A current photo ID is required. Security personnel will direct you to complimentary self-parking.
  • The Netflix lobby is located directly across from the parking garage.
  • Immediately after entering the building turn right down the hall and wait in the coffee bar area.

When does registration end? When does the early registration discount end?

Registration for this workshop ends at 4 PM on August 23, 2019. Early registration ends at 4 PM on August 16, 2019.