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2nd Year AFI Screenwriting Fellow, Accepted USC Screenwriting Applicant, Multi-Year Applicant Person - AMA!


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Hello applicants,

Septopus here. You might have seen this article I recently posted, re: my experience applying and getting into AFI, USC, etc.

After Three Years of Rejection, I Got Into The Two Best Film Schools in The World. Here Are The Five Things I Learned...

After Three Years of Rejection, I Got Into The Two Best Film Schools in The World. Here Are The Five Things I Learned...

So...you’re applying for film school, huh? I mean, that’s just my assumption. Not sure why you would bother reading this otherwise, especially with where we are currently in The Cycle of Applications. These next couple weeks are pretty much when all the major film school programs have their...

I wrote at length - way too at length, probably, like did anyone actually get through that thing, cause I sure didn't - but thought I would reach out to anyone who had any other specific questions that I could address related to AFI, the application process, getting into USC, screenwriting, the best Pixar movie (spoiler: it's Inside Out), etc.

I'm far from from an expert, but like J.K. Simmons selling insurance, I know a thing or two because I've seen a thing or two.* So feel free to ask away either below or, if privacy is your jam, send me a private message on here. I'm around (sometimes, when I'm putting off work that I have to do).

*It's come to my attention that J.K. Simmons isn't actually a real insurance agent, but just plays one in a series of TV commercials. But, tbh...I don't believe that.


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Thank you for your article – it was really helpful to read!

I was just wondering if you have any advice on the AFI Narrative Statement? I'm a bit unsure about what sort of tone to use – can I be quite casual and story-telling, or should it be more of a serious essay-style thing? Any tips would be amazing!

I'm applying for screenwriting :)

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