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    Applied Chapman University MFA in Film Production with Cinematography Emphasis | Fall 2024

    The application was very straightforward. I was already working on my resume, sop, challenging essay, and portfolio list over the summer. The dilemma was not having a cinematography reel. I only had three films, and I was thankful to be put on as DP for two more and took me over a week to...
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    Chapman Capstone Short Film

    Hi, I am applying to Chapman. I have a question about this prompt: All Directing students are required to direct a capstone project. In no more than 200 words, provide a synopsis for an original story for a thesis film that would run approximately 10-15 minutes in length. It should be your...
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    The Brave and the Bold

    Hello all! My name is Dave and I am currently pursuing graduate studies in Film Production. Like some of you on here, my path to filmmaking was not the most traditional. I had previously attended Colorado State University - Pueblo straight out of high school but a personal tragedy prompted me to...
  4. J

    Film and Television Production BFA at Chapman or USC

    Hello! I got accepted into both Chapman (fall 2023) and USC (spring 2024) for film and television production which is something I am beyond grateful for! I am very torn to which school I should attend and I thought I would ask you all for any advice you might have on the topic. Due to financial...
  5. 10 Best Film Schools in California for Undergraduates

    10 Best Film Schools in California for Undergraduates

    California is the top destination for most undergraduate film students. Home to several of the top-ranked film schools in the country and unparalleled internships opportunities, the Golden State is arguably the best place for filmmakers to start their careers. Although most of these institutions...
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    Admitted but Not Attending (w/o Interview) Chapman Directing MFA Fall 2023

    Chapman's application process was the one that required the most materials from the applicants. At the same time, I think it helps to give them an insight and deep understanding of the applicants, it resulted in an honestly quite exhausting process, but that was worth it.
  7. Chapman Screenwriting MFA - Fall 2023

    Admitted (After Interview) Chapman Screenwriting MFA - Fall 2023

    This was my first time applying! As with all my other applications, the first half of my 20-page writing sample was the only thing I had prepared beforehand. Got the interview notification email at 10:18 a.m. on Feb 22nd and I (fool that I am) panicked when I saw that only the next day (23rd)...
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    Admitted (After Interview) Chapman Screenwriting MFA 2023

    This was one of the first applications I completed. It may actually have been the first, as I missed the deadline for the November schools (AFI, USC, UCLA). I don't remember anything particularly difficult about it. They want an essay on a "transformational moment" in your life. This request is...
  9. Alan Bye (Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts G'21) Broke Into Children's Animation Writing

    Alan Bye (Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts G'21) Broke Into Children's Animation Writing

    From early childhood, Alan Bye (@alanray) knew that he would end up working in film; it was integral to his passions and way of life. Bye received his BA in Theory and Practice of Cinema with a specialization in Screenwriting from California State University Long Beach in 2019. After applying to...
  10. EricVilla

    How to Succeed at Chapman's Film School

    This is an article from our weekly newsletter at, where we feature recently produced student films and insights on building creative careers. Head to to subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to hear these students' stories. -- From YouTube to Festival Circuits...
  11. GimmeCroissants

    Denied (w/o Interview) Chapman - Screenwriting MFA - Fall 2023

    First time applying. Generic enough, in some ways, that I was able to use application materials I used for other schools. Yay! How considerate of them.
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    Chapman Fall 2023 All MFA Programs

    Starting this thread for community and questions as we play the waiting game. There doesn't seem to be many of us Chapman folks so this thread is for applicants to all of the MFA programs in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. I think someone did create one specifically for applicants to...
  13. K

    Declined Admission (Off Waitlist After Interview) Chapman MFA Screenwriting Fall 2023

    First time applying. I actually had technical issues with the application which was super stressful. One of my recommendations disappeared from my account the day before I wanted to submit and so I had to panic email my recommender and ask them to resubmit which thankfully they did but would...
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    Chapman MFA Screenwriting 2023

    Wishing everyone luck as we head into the final weeks approaching the deadline! Creating this thread for community/questions/moral support as we move forward with our applications and interview processes!
  15. Cheyton Jain (Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts G’20) Broke Into the Video Game Industry

    Cheyton Jain (Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts G’20) Broke Into the Video Game Industry

    Cheyton Jain (@jainismyname) got his first film degree at San Francisco State University School of Cinema. His goal: pursue his love for arts and culture. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Cinema, he moved back to his home city of Los Angeles and spent a few years scooping ice cream and...
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    Chapman 2022 Transfer Decisions are Coming Out

    Just accepted yesterday into creative production as a transfer. Still waiting on LMU
  17. C

    USC v. Chapman BFA film production

    Hi all, I've seen some discussion about USC v. Chapman for Master's but not undergrad. I'm fortunate to have been accepted to both for film production undergrad. Here's my sense of the pros and cons, but I could really use some reality checks from you all. I've received merit from both, so cost...
  18. L

    MFA Screenwriting - Chapman or BU?

    Hey guys, I'm trying to decide between Chapman or BU for the Screenwriting MFA and I would love to hear some thoughts about it. I'm trying to do some research here. Thank you!!
  19. L

    Admitted but Not Attending (w/o Interview) Chapman Editing

    Really good. I didn't receive anything after I submitted the application, including the interview. The congrats from Chapman just happening on 2022-03-07.
  20. T

    Admitted (After Interview) Chapman University - Film and Television Producing Fall 2022

    Since I am an alumni, I wasn’t worried. During the interview they asked me about why I wished to return when I could go anywhere else. I told them about Chapman’s strengths and how it is the most versatile of all film schools I’ve applied to because of the resources available to the students...

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