UCLA Extension

FREE Virtual Entertainment Studies Seminars

To support our student community during the developing COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering you FREE virtual seminars for the Winter quarter! These free seminars offer a chance to learn, grow, and network while at home.


Anatomy of a Film Score 2.0

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
3:00PM PT – 6:00PM PT
With Steve Rothstein

Please join instructor Steve Rothstein as he takes you on a journey through great moments in cinematic film scoring. Whether or not you have taken Anatomy of a Film Score in the past, this one-time seminar is accessible to all who love film music. The seminar will look at a wide variety of film clips with a focus on the important scoring techniques used ranging from classic films to current trends. Open to all levels.

Past Free Entertainment Studies Seminars:

  • The Actor’s Prep: A Step-by-Step Path For Building A Performance

  • Pitching Yourself as an Artist: Transmitting Who You Are & What You Do… with Impact

  • Making Films While Staying at Home: Directing Your Film in the Era of COVID-19

  • Creating Films That Reflect the Times: Exploring Genre to Tell Relevant Stories

  • Current Trends in the Film Scoring Industry and What Lies Ahead

    Thursday, October 1, 2020
    4:00pm – 5:30pm PST

    A panel discussion with film composers about the a state of the film scoring industry with an eye toward the future.

    How can aspiring composers best prepare for a career in film scoring? How has the pandemic changed the industry? What will the future of film scoring look like? Join us for a panel discussion about the state of the industry with an eye toward the future, featuring film composers Jongnic Bontemp, Nima Fakhrara, Michael Patterson, and Ashwin Subramanian, moderated by Steve Rothstein.

  • Zoom Like a Pro – Tips to Hold Successful Interviews, Auditions and Meetings

    Saturday, October 17, 2020
    10:00am – 1:00pm PST
    With Gabrielle Schary

    In this seminar, learn tips on what works on-camera so that you are free to hold your meeting, audition, pitch or job interview with full confidence and without distraction. We will explore and explain various forms of lighting, sound and other technical options. We’ll also discuss short cuts and tricks within Zoom and similar programs and how to make the best use of the supporting apps associated with videoconferencing technology. Topics include virtual background, grooming, recording techniques, chatting, using breakout rooms, working with a co-host, add-on apps such as Zapier, and etiquette. At the end of the seminar, you will have gained tools to effectively present yourself effortlessly.

  • Fall Filmmaking Panel & Networking Event

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    5:00pm – 6:30pm PT

    Gain insights from UCLAxFilmFest 2020 filmmakers and network with students and industry insiders!

    If you have been craving a networking opportunity, this is the event for you. Panelists will answer thought-provoking questions, and then the audiences will be intermittently divided into randomized Zoom Breakout Rooms where they can get to know each other by answering the same questions. Come prepared to make new friends and connections. Everyone is welcome to join our Networking Event and become a part of our international Entertainment Studies community. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

  • Landing a Job in the Independent Film Business

    Thursday, November 12, 2020
    3:00pm – 6:00pm PT
    With Gary Rubin

    With the entertainment industry in flux due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finding a job in the vast world of independent film can seem more daunting than ever. In this seminar, we’ll discuss how to navigate the job search process by exploring different branches of the independent film business, ranging from development and production to distribution and end-user presentation. Topics include necessary skills, where to look for jobs, and new developments in the industry. Job seekers will be empowered with expert advice on how to identify positions that will leverage their background, expand their experience, and help them build successful careers in independent film.

  • Preparing Memorable Auditions for Online Casting Opportunities

    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    3:00pm – 6:00pm PT
    With Henry LeBlanc

    Explore how to navigate the auditioning process in today’s online casting environment by learning how to assemble a self-produced audition tape or conduct a live virtual audition.

  • A Conversation with Harry Abrams

    Thursday, January 28, 2021
    3:00PM PT – 6:00pm PT
    With Harry Abrams

    Join us for an intimate conversation with legendary talent agent and founder/former Chairman and CEO of Abrams Artists Agency. Mr. Abrams will break down the role of a talent agent and discuss his iconic career in entertainment, including launching the careers of stars like Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, and Connie Britton as well as developing a renowned full service talent agency. Attendees are invited to participate in a Q&A.

  • Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion Practices to Create Inclusive Entertainment Content

    Saturday, February 27, 2021
    10:00AM PT – 1:00PM PT
    With Jaia Thomas

    This seminar is designed to help content creators and producers develop creative and practical solutions to promote greater diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the entertainment industry. Historical context and current initiatives are examined.


  • Choosing the Best Camera to Launch Your Film Career

    Saturday, March 6, 2021
    10:00AM PT – 1:00PM PT
    With Jason Knutzen

    This seminar is ideal for anyone who is considering purchasing a camera while studying filmmaking. There will be a Q&A, so attendees can have their questions answered about the best camera for their specific situations.