The graduate programs at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Conservatory of Motion Pictures are designed to empower you with the skills required to meet the challenges and expectations of the film and television industry.
Wanted to share my singular Directing MFA video portfolio item. I submitted only this film (or portions of the film) as my portfolios.
As of today (2/18) I have had:
Just as a note, I am not a very strong academic student. I'm a 3.0ish student with two years of Community College and two years at a University. I made this film during a two year break between the two. Also, since the film is still making rounds with festivals, I can only post our trailers and some BTS video.
Thanks and good luck!
Wanted to start a thread for all the twitchy, anxious film nerds like myself who are still waiting on notices from the graduate programs. I applied exclusively for a directing and producition MFA at UT Austin, UCLA, NYU, FSU, and LMU.
So far I have been accepted by UT Austin, and have no other notices received yet.
Good luck to all of you, I'd love to hear some of your positive news!
After a back-and-forth chat with Chris, the guy responsible for this amazing forum, he asked if I would share the pages of research and info I have been gathering as I narrowed down the graduate schools I was looking into for applying. And since I have finally finished all my applications (all SEVEN of them ), I decided now was the time so that everyone can see. I know it doesn't help much for those applying for Fall 2015 as the deadlines have all passed or are about to pass, but I hope this can help set off discussion and further research into these schools!
Here's how I started it… I broke each school down into four parts.
1. The "Overview." How did the school present itself? What did it state was its main goals? How does it "wow" me? What are its facilities like?
2. The Curriculum. What kinds of classes would I be taking? Was it a strict, set program, or were there areas of flexibility? Possibly very important as well: what is the diversity like in terms of areas of emphasis?
3. The Money. For me at least, I was VERY interested in how much tuition was. What was the price per credit hour? What's it like to find somewhere to live in that school's city?
4. The Application. What was required in an application? How did the procedures play out over the coming months? What kinds of things are they looking for in an applicant?
So, I took the 7 schools I looked into and got as much info for the four parts as I could. Then, I created a Pros and Cons list that suited me.
Before I begin listing everything, I want to point out something. Take my Pros and Cons with a grain of salt… These are my PERSONAL pros and cons, and you may not agree or feel the same way about certain aspects! For example, I did not care much about alumni from the school. I was much more interested in a finding a program that will give me a well-rounded education on all facets of production, not just one that produces lots of successful directors. Look at the info for yourself and make your own Pros and Cons list! My rankings are for me only, do not consider them the best to the worst all-around. Each brings something different that you may find more or less appealing than me! Also, I left out several schools altogether, especially all those in NYC, for many reasons. The simplest reasons being that I just did not want to go to school there. Sorry!
Please note that not ALL the info I gathered can reasonably be put on here. I'm hitting the highlights, but also linking to sites with more info.
Okay, here we go!
Hello all! This is my first post, but I wanted to share with you my tour of Florida State! I'm applying to their MFA in Film Production for Fall 2015.
This tour was last weekend actually, (Oct. 10). First of all, Tallahassee is gorgeous. It looks so much like an old southern town you'd see in a Civil War period piece that I can't even put it in words. The trees, the moss, the buildings... All lovely.
It was also HOT. Now, I'm from Oklahoma so I'm no stranger to 100 degree heat, but this was something else. It was 90 degrees but the humidity was so incredibly suffocating that I could barely stand to be outside. And this was in October, mind you. The locals DID say it was rare for it to be that unbearable in October, though.
Now, as for the school. It's all housed in one huge building that's adjacent to the football stadium. They have lots of facilities (sound stages, editing rooms, mixing rooms, outdoor lots, computer labs, etc.) and they've just upgraded them all too. I was very impressed by the facilities (though I've never toured anywhere else so I can't say that it's better or worse than another school). I didn't get to see all the equipment that they have, but I know they have a lot. In fact, during our tour we stopped by a sound stage that had first-year MFA students practicing with a RED camera on a dolly. We were told that BFA students start small-scale and work up to using those kinds of cameras/equipment, but MFA students dive right into full-scale production, and the time of each film is what progressively gets bigger/longer. Our guide also told us about the equipment trucks that they have to shoot on location. Each truck houses about $250,000 worth of equipment, and they let the students check out trucks to use for their projects. To me, that was incredible.
The admissions director also told us about how intensely committed students had to be, effectively saying goodbye to friends and family for the duration of the program. 13-hour days during the week, and then weekends are spent working on individual films/projects. It's highly unlikely you could have a job while in an FSU program. He also stressed how collaborative their programs are, and that it be important to be able to work well with groups. (In fact, I'm pretty sure their interview process involves collaborating with the other interviewees that are there the same day as you to "pitch" a selected prompt to the committee... EEK!)
Anywho, I loved FSU and it's absolutely in my top 3. Especially because Oklahomans can get in-state tuition for going to FSU... Big plus! I'm happy to try and answer questions anyone has as well.
The road to admissions to film school is long and arduous. I would know, having been recently accepted, and having begun my freshman year. Most of you want to know your chances, what makes my application better? What can I do to improve? The best thing to do is to try your best. I know that sounds like a scape goat answer - so I will refer you to this old post that is probably one of the best and most helpful out there:
This is the link to a forum about USC:SCA - the talent section of the post can pertain to all film schools.
However, the main topic of this post is to warn potential film students of a website called filmschoolapps.com. This website claims to be available to review film applicants and tell them what to improve on, however - this is not affiliated with any film scholars - nor is it associated with any institution. Please do not submit...
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