Netflix Australia is recruiting for its first Unit Photography Bootcamp

Jun 9, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Netflix Australia is recruiting for its first Unit Photography Bootcamp

Jun 9, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to shoot stills behind the scenes for movies and TV shows? Well, the streaming giant, Netflix, has opened up applications to join its first-ever Unit Photography Bootcamp. It’s a three-day course on unit stills photography, running in July. The bad news, however, is that it’s only open to photographers in Australia, and only ten places are available.

The course, Netflix says, is designed to develop skills, network with others in the industry and obtain insights into what’s required as an on-set photographer. The course is led by unit stills veteran John Platt, with practical experiences and the opportunity to meet Netflix department heads from Australia and the US.

What is a Unit Stills Photographer?

A Unit Stills Photographer is a unique profession that involves taking still photographs of film and TV productions. They work closely with the director, cinematographer, and production team to capture behind-the-scenes moments, actors in character, and key moments on set.

The photographs may include candid shots of actors preparing for a scene, on-set action shots, close-ups of props and costumes, and atmospheric shots of the set. These images are used for production documentation, marketing materials, press kits, posters, and online promotions. Unit Stills Photographers play a vital role in preserving the visual history of productions and contributing to the overall visual narrative of the project.

What is Netflix offering?

The training will be held in Sydney between 4-6th of July and Netflix will provide return airfare and three nights’ accommodation for interstate participants. Successful applicants will need to have their own “professional” camera gear to use that they must bring with them. They say it’s also preferred that you have your own laptop to be able to edit your photos. It seems that it’s not required, though, which is good for those who do all their work on a desktop.

Are you a photographer who is obsessed with film and TV? Ever wonder what it’s like to be on-set taking photos of the action?

Applications are now open for Netflix’s Unit Photography Bootcamp. Open to photographers Australia-wide who are keen to learn more about a career in the screen industry.

Netflix’s Unit Photography Bootcamp is an exclusive 3-day course for 10 photographers interested in Unit Stills. Offering the opportunity to develop skills, create networks and obtain insights into what’s required to succeed in this on-set role.

This unprecedented workshop will combine instruction in Unit Stills led by respected industry veteran John Platt; with practical experiences and insights from long-term industry professionals working in a production environment including editorial workshops with the latest technologies.

You will meet with key Netflix department heads from Australia and the US, offering a unique view into the inner workings of productions worldwide and explore why film stills are so crucial to the process of marketing and publicity.

Panel discussions and masterclass sessions will be combined with practical photography tasks and the potential for an immersive, on-set experience during production of Heartbreak High Season 2 (pending production scheduling).

Obviously, it’s not a job, but it’s still a good opportunity for those considering pursuing a career in the movie and TV industry. Even if you ultimately decide that unit stills photography isn’t for you, it should help you to build up some contacts and open a few potential doors for the future.

If you’re based in Australia and want to learn more, you can find the official application form here.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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