The Spotlight Workshops


The start of every great movie is the script.

Every movie is going to involve multiple agreements between producers and writers, so everyone needs to understand this process and have a working knowledge of the various contracts that are used for story development. This workshop will cover the most common situations encountered by independent filmmakers. What contracts are necessary for optioning an existing screenplay or novel? What contracts and deal points are needed when hiring a writer for polish, rewrite, adaptation, or complete original script? Learn all of this and more, and leave with sample contracts.
Who should attend: Writers, Producers, Directors, Filmmakers.

Requirements: Note-taking tools.

By the end of this workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand a standard option & purchase agreement with standards for fees, option periods, and purchase prices;
  • Understand the basics of a contract to hire a writer; and
  • Avoid the mistakes that will sabotage your movie project in the future with distributors and studios.

Instructor: Shun Lee is an actor, writer, attorney, and the CEO & Creative Principal of Genuine Productions, LLC. He graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University with a degree in journalism & mass communications. After obtaining a Juris Doctorate at the University of Iowa, he practiced law for five years in the Midwest, focusing on civil litigation, corporate transactions, intellectual property, and media law. He also taught Mass Media Law for three years at Creighton University, and he currently is a professor of entertainment & media law at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, Regent University in Virginia Beach, and Lipscomb University in Nashville. A member of SAG-AFTRA, he has appeared in a number of film, stage, commercial, and print productions. He is currently the executive producer of The Dead Sea Squirrels, an upcoming animated series, and Sun Moon, a feature film to be shot in Taiwan this summer. He has written a number of works, and his first book, The Saints & The Poets, was published by Curious Books in 2016.
There is a limited number of spaces available, and they’re sure to be snatched up quickly, so register today! This workshop will be held via Zoom conference. Make sure you have downloaded the free app at After you register for the workshop, The Greenhouse will send the Zoom conference link to the email address you provide us approximately 24 hours before the event starts. If you have any questions about this workshop, email us at