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AFI MFA Screenwriters 2018

Discussion in 'Graduate Film School Discussions' started by bigdubs, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. bigdubs

    bigdubs Member

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    Hi all! New to these forum and didn't see a specific space for the AFI screenwriting applicants waiting for a decision to come in the next few weeks. Thought we could count down to April 2nd together (then hopefully celebrate together).
     
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  2. zinala

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    Right here with you. Who did you interview with?
     
  3. bigdubs

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    Hey! I interviewed with Anna Thomas and Ed Dector. I see you're applying to other places. What's your first choice?
     
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    Nice! It's hard to say...really depends on the financial situation. I think in a perfect world, it'd be AFI. Is AFI the only place you've applied?
     
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  5. bigdubs

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    Yeah, only applied to AFI. I figured go big or go home :) But you're right about the $$$$ - it's gonna hurt.
     
  6. BlvckGods

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    Yoooooooooo how was yall interview tho? My interview was with Anna Thomas and Kevin Kennedy
     
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    The interview was cool. Everyone was super friendly. They asked the usual - how am I going to pay, favorite screenwriters, what do I want to write if I get in, etc. I asked a few questions.

    Your avatar is everything btw.
     
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  8. BlvckGods

    BlvckGods Super Saiyan Jedi Master

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    I love Goodtimes, a bit stereotypical but i love it. I asked ALOT of questions but it was good vibes the whole interview. I dont have a film background so they were very interested in that, what about you?
     
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  9. bigdubs

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    I have some film and tv production experience from grad school (many moons ago)- but played it "safe" by working as a news writer/producer after graduation to get a paycheck and insurance. :) But I figure it's never too late to pursue your passion - better than wondering "what if" for the rest of your life.
     
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  10. BlvckGods

    BlvckGods Super Saiyan Jedi Master

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    You and me both..im so humbled that i have the opportunity to follow my dreams, hopefully
     
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    I can relate. Just graduated in August with a BA in production. I’m currently working as a PA for a local news station, and as a legal videographer.

    My wife and I had our first child around the time I graduated as well. So, I’m nowhere near stable career-wise (at a time when I really need to be), but this is the only thing that has ever felt right to me. I feel like I’ve found my place, and I’m motivated to do whatever it takes to succeed.
     
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    Congrats on the baby!! An exciting time for you right now. Yeah, working in news seemed to be the way to use my tv/film production degree that still seemed "responsible". I have two kids - so already feeling torn about all the time AFI is going to require, but I feel it's what I'm meant to do. I'll just figure it out.

    Whatever the fuck it takes!" - quote from one of my FAVORITE movies, Win Win
     
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  13. zinala

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    Thank you, it's a life changing experience. My face actually hurt for the first couple of months because my face wasn't used to smiling as intensely/often.

    Great attitude. I'm hoping for the best for everyone. Trying not to think about admissions, but it gets harder and harder as the date approaches.
     
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    Hey, thanks for starting this thread. I've kinda been a squatter on the Directing one lol.
    I also interviewed with Anna Thomas and Ed Decter.
    AFI's my top choice so I can't wait for April 2, although I'm trying not to think about it too much. Nothing we can do at this point.
    Best of luck to everybody! :)
     
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    Were your script samples discussed at all? I don’t think a word was said about mine. I’m kind of worried about that.
     
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    They didn't ask a direct question about mine either. I did talk about it a bit though when answering a question about what I want to write next.
     
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    Same experience here. I wonder when application materials are critically analyzed before or after the interview?

    I had an interview for another school, and I’m pretty sure my application hadn’t been reviewed beforehand. However, I think this school interviews everyone who applies.

    Anyone else not have their script samples discussed? Maybe they aren’t read by interviewers beforehand.
     
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    yeah, they haven't asked me about my application materials either but were eager to discuss my previous script, they even knew the title :) but I'm a little worried that they haven't asked me about my ideas for next scripts.
     
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    We didn't really talk about it until I was literally getting up to leave. It was just a quick "Oh, loved your scripts btw" kind of thing and they quoted a couple of things I wrote that stood out to them. That was it. Felt more like a "chemistry" test - did my personality fit the cohort they were putting together.
     
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    Does anyone know how many people applied/interviewed this year? Everything I've seen is pretty vague.
     

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