I also applied to NYU, but they don't have a Cinematography course.. so it wasn't my first or second choice.. even tho it is a great program. I got rejected without an interview, I think the fact that my personal statement focused only on cinematography had an impact on my application.. but I don't mind.May I just ask, did you guys only apply for Chapman and AFI? If you get in on both, where would you go?
I don't think I will have the luxury to choose between AFI or Chapman, but my first choice has always been the AFI. I talked with alumni from both schools, read a lot of stuff.. watched plenty of videos. But Chapman is as good as AFI, in the end, it all comes down to the student.. not the place. Also, Chapman program is also shaped as a conservatory, and their program is a perfect replica of AFI, even the professors say they copied from AFI.. some professors worked at AFI.
The fact that Chapman is in Orange and not LA is quite a bummer because, for every project, cinematography students have to to go LA to rent equipment.. and the truck they rent for equipment also comes from LA.. and you gotta pay extra.