The Spotlight Workshops
You can be your own spotlight in the entertainment industry! On select Saturday mornings at Netflix, we host all sorts of entertainment industry workshops for creative professionals to continue to explore their crafts and to take their entertainment careers to the next level. We bring in successful professionals as instructors so you can get the broadest and most up-to-date understanding of every aspect of the entertainment industry. In every workshop, not only will you learn important details of the industry, but you will obtain keys and strategies you immediately can put into play with your own projects and your own career.
Recent & Upcoming Workshops
Taxes for Creative & Entertainment Professionals
Instructor: Nathanael Roe. Missed the first session? We’re hosting the same workshop again! With the new tax laws now going into effect, there are countless changes to the existing rules—everything from revisions to tax rate structures to elimination of commonly used deductions. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to take advantage of the new changes and intricacies of the tax laws—and how you can use the tax laws to take control of your career.
CINEMATIC SCREENWRITING: Professional Pagecraft
Instructor: Ethan Ransom. Have you ever had a brilliant, compelling, emotional vision for a scene and found yourself struggling to get that vision onto the page? It’s incredibly frustrating, because you know that if you could just get the words to do what you wanted, the scene would be riveting. Award-worthy. Immortal. The kind of scene we all dream of writing… In this workshop, you’ll learn how to do it with page craft that will set your writing apart!
Professional Comedy Sketch Writing
Instructor: Mimi von Schack. Learn how the pros add humor and unique creativity to whatever comedy script or sketch they’re working on. Have a hilarious idea you want to execute? Learn the structural fuel to make your comedy ideas stand out! By the end of this workshop you’ll know how to play to the top of your audience’s intelligence by writing set-ups, jokes, and characters that are accessible, nuanced, and positive – and best of all, very, very funny.
Self-Taping Audition Solutions for Actors
Instructor: Tim Powell. Auditioning has changed. To get the part, you have to change with it. In this workshop, you will learn the new standard for auditioning for film, television, and commercials: How to record professional quality auditions and deliver them directly to agents and casting directors. Any and all working actors need to have this information, whether they are taping their own auditions or if someone else does it for them!
How to Get a Streaming Distribution Deal for Your Film
Instructor: Jason Brubaker. Finding a traditional distribution deal is increasingly challenging. This workshop will demystify the new world of online movie distribution platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Youtube, and more. Learn step-by-step instructions that will maximize your movie profits without the middle-man!
The Music Advantage: Making Your Media Stand Out
Instructors: Scott McRae & Ryan Rapsys. Filmmakers can learn to get a handle on the best practices in using music in media (films, docs, web videos, commercials, etc.) Many filmmakers find this critical piece of the media puzzle mystifying and daunting. Learn how to simplify this aspect as a content creator, with a deeper understanding of the practicalities and artistic considerations around music choices, enabling you to make your projects more impactful and successful.
Making Your Mark as a Voiceover Actor
Instructor: Kathy Grable. Ready to start standing out as a voiceover talent? Learn all the ins and outs of the voiceover acting world: the most effective ways to break down a voiceover script, how to develop your talent to stand out from the crowd, how to find voiceover jobs, and how to do the killer audition to help you book the gig! Get all the info on the resources & technology you’ll need as a professional V.O. actor. Whether you’re an experienced voiceover talent or just getting started, this workshop will help you take your career to the next level!
How To Finance Your Next Independent Film
Instructor: Anne Marie Gillen. This is the workshop you have been looking for to answer all your questions regarding the full financing of your film. At this workshop, you will receive practical, in-depth information, efficiently written and presented. Finding and closing equity is the key component to funding every film. We’ll cover everything from equity to crowdfunding; presales to tax credits/rebates, co-production companies with financing to goods & services deals.
Understanding Your Type & Creating Your Niche
Instructor: Mark Atteberry. The most powerful tool you have as an actor is YOU. In this workshop you’ll learn how to be yourself in every aspect of the business and yet thrive within the confines of this typecasting industry. Landing an agent and getting auditions starts with embracing your type and knowing how the industry sees you. But developing your unique niche is the secret to achieving your career dreams.
UNDERSTANDING THE MINDS OF HEROES & VILLAINS
Instructor: Brian Chan. Captivating stories need complex and compelling characters. Whether you’re a writer, filmmaker, actor, or other type of storyteller, every story you create is ultimately about your heroes and villains, your protagonists and antagonists. How those characters think determines their motivations, their actions, and their choices. Learn how to understand the minds of those characters, enabling you to create full and deeply rich characters that will take your stories to the next level!
Everything You Need to Know About Commercial Casting
Instructor: Laurie Records. Commercial auditions are weird… FUN, but weird. In this workshop, a commercial casting director will give you everything you need to answer the two big questions for commericals: 1) How do I get the audition? and 2) How do I get the callback and book the job? These are completely different issues with completely different solutions, so if you’re looking for success as a commercial actor, you need to be able to answer both!
What You Need to Know About Creating The Budget for Your Film
Instructor: Stephen Marinaccio. Creating a budget and production plan for a project is no small task. These are critical elements, fundamental building blocks to move financing and production forward. How does one start thinking about making them, what should be included, and what do they do with that information? Here you’ll learn both the theory and technique of building your budget and production plan. Understanding the “how” will enable you to better understand the bigger picture within all the details.
The Director’s Toolbox
Instructor: James O’Keeffe. A director’s level of creative leadership is what can make or break a film. 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 session will equip you with what you need to hire or to be a director who is great on every level.
How To Do Excellent Script Coverage
Instructor: Naomi Beaty. Writing script coverage is one of the most useful skills for anyone entering the entertainment industry. Many jobs require coverage samples as part of the application process. And whether you are an intern or assistant at a production company, agency, or management company, there’s a good chance you’ll be expected to write script coverage. Aspiring writers, too, often cover scripts for a living while they hone their craft. Learn how it’s done here!
How to Adapt Your Screenplays into Self-Published Novels
Instructor: Brian Godawa. Thanks to Amazon.com and others, unpublished writers have an opportunity like never before to make money from their writing. No need for the big bloated crony establishment system of publishing. Screenwriters who have written dozens of scripts that never see the light of day can now take those stories, establish an IP independently, have thousands of people reading your stories, and make good money!
Hollywood Connect: A Navigation Session
Moderators: Shun Lee Fong & Raychel McKelvy. You can navigate Hollywood, and to show you how, we’re hosting one of our most popular workshops! We invite experienced industry pros to give you all the ideas and insights you need for a comprehensive pursuit of your entertainment career, covering a wide range of topics and giving you the rare opportunity to ask plenty of questions.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.Dr. Suess