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Sehar27

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Hey, phew can’t believe already done with it!
So, it went smoother than I expected. They were really calm and super nice. I had mine with Stephen Lighthill & Sara Ross.

They started with how did I know about AFI, why me, what stories do I look forward to working on after graduation, my background an how it sits with cinematography, when did I know I want to pursue filmmaking.

I hope this might help with people who still have to go with their interview. Fingers crossed 🤞
 

nijhawanudit

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Hey, phew can’t believe already done with it!
So, it went smoother than I expected. They were really calm and super nice. I had mine with Stephen Lighthill & Sara Ross.

They started with how did I know about AFI, why me, what stories do I look forward to working on after graduation, my background an how it sits with cinematography, when did I know I want to pursue filmmaking.

I hope this might help with people who still have to go with their interview. Fingers crossed 🤞
Hey. I'm glad you and @Abel Guan had this calm and super chill interview. The questions I feel are standard, atleast for the cinematography students. Hope you all make it 😅 Mid March is when you'll know right ?
 
Just finished my interview! It was super fun and chill, though I'm a bit nervous. We started as where I am talking from, and whether I have any questions for them. Then we talked about how I got in to cinematography and the most important aspect that I care related to that. And I talked about why I apply for AFI. After that, I shared several experience about the films I submit. There is an interesting question of in what other different mediums, apart from cinematographers, that inspire me. In the end, I shared something about my religion that transforms me and how it relates to what I learn. The whole interview lasts about 35 minutes. I say be honest and calm are the best methods in the interview. Good luck.
 

juliak

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Oh wow, just finished my interview as well. It was super chill, like everyone else said. I had mine with Stephen and Marianne Williams. So glad it's over already haha But not sure what to make of it, it only lasted about 15 minutes...
They first asked what I know about AFI and about them, next about my work as an assistant (I worked on some projects as 2nd AC). Then they asked about my lighting approach and where I draw my inspiration for, why I applied to AFI and what I hope to get out of it, what I'll do if I don't get in and what I think about coming to LA.
To anyone else waiting to be interviewed... Goooood luck! :)
 

nijhawanudit

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Thought I should write in this thread if there's someone else to be interviewed and would need help. I had my interview on the 12th with Stephen Lighthill and Favienne (alumini dp). Was extremely relieved when it was over since Afi is the only uni I applied for. They asked me why am I keen on joining afi? A question on my stills portfolio as to what the stills meant to me and how has my experience been working on projects that I've been a part of. I think it lasted longish about 40 minutes because to begin with I spoke a lot and then they spent a fair amount of time explaining the curriculum. I was pretty nervous hence the rampant speaking but they were extremely calm.
One info that I enquired about was the number of seats, so we are running for about 20 seats this year instead of 28. Because this year they've reduced 4 seats from the previous year and there are about 4-5 deferrals from the previous year as well. Hence stiffer competition.


Good luck to anyone else who has their interview lined up and hope this is of help!!
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
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Chris W

Willem was robbed
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Bummer. Did you apply elsewhere? For sure try again next year. We're interviewing AFI admissions this week so please let us know if you have any questions for them.


Be sure to update or add your Applications to our database too too help others.
 

nijhawanudit

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Didn't get through as well. Quite the bummer. I have famu I can go for the 1 year programme though. But I'll consider. Nothing compared to Afi. Quite a bummer. Keeping the spirit up nontheless.😔🤗
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
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Also be sure to update your applications in our database if you got Waitlisted or rejected. It'll help the site tremendously with the stats and will help us figure out how many people who are Waitlisted are accepted for each film program.


Don't give up! Keep creating. And remember film school is just a step in the journey. (And not even a necessary step)
 

juliak

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Hi friends, I'm sorry to hear about your rejections :( but I second what Chris said about not giving up! you're meant to create so many great stuff, keep going!
I got accepted but I'll still have to wait about the scholarship news to fully celebrate because there's no way i can afford afi without it. I'm grateful to be in though :)
 

Abel Guan

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Hi friends, I'm sorry to hear about your rejections :( but I second what Chris said about not giving up! you're meant to create so many great stuff, keep going!
I got accepted but I'll still have to wait about the scholarship news to fully celebrate because there's no way i can afford afi without it. I'm grateful to be in though :)
Congrats!!!! This year I think is so far the most competitive year. Glad you got in and hope you can get that scholarship!
 
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