Yeah, it definitely felt like a get to know you type of thing. Most of these questions I had found in the past years forums, so I did feel pretty prepared despite the nervousness.Awesome, thanks for this and glad to hear it went well! From what I read they're all really nice and it's more a get-to-know-you vibe than anything else, which eases my mind.
Can I ask what exactly they meant by 'your interest in screenwriting'? Did they mean it as in, what you love about writing for the screen, or what you want to do with it in future, i.e. career goals?
Right, makes sense. I've seen that question before from previous AFI interviews and I just found it so ambiguous. Thanks for elaborating!Yeah, it definitely felt like a get to know you type of thing. Most of these questions I had found in the past years forums, so I did feel pretty prepared despite the nervousness.
When they asked that question I talked about what kinds of screenplays/stories I was interested in writing. I spoke a bit about what genres I was interested in and when I explained where my darker sense of humor comes from the conversation transitioned away into more personal questions. I'm thinking they ask it in that ambiguous way for a reason - you could probably answer it however you like. I think it's best to figure out what you want them to know about you and your writing and direct the conversation that way. I know that's not a straightforward answer, but I hope it helps!
This is tremendously helpful. Thank you for doing this! May I ask how's your schedule nowadays? I would like to know if as screenwriter in the Conservatory program you get to be in classes with producers, directors, editors etc... and whether you may have the opportunity to direct your own screenplays at a certain point during those 2 years.Hey! I'll post the schedule here from bootcamp.
Hi!This is tremendously helpful. Thank you for doing this! May I ask how's your schedule nowadays? I would like to know if as screenwriter in the Conservatory program you get to be in classes with producers, directors, editors etc... and whether you may have the opportunity to direct your own screenplays at a certain point during those 2 years.
Hey. I had no production experience beforehand and a lot of writers honestly didn’t. It’s not intimidating. You’re there to learn. So just be open to that.Wow, that sounds awesome (and also sounds like a lot of work)! Do you find the close integration to the production disciplines intimidating or have you had a lot of experience on sets before?
At the risk of being the pot calling the kettle black because I've definitely been guilty of overanalyzing - perhaps they were simply booked back to back? Mine also ended before I thought it was going to, but I figured they were pretty booked and it was right at their lunch time.Hey everyone, I interviewed today and my interview lasted a total of 15 minutes. I was kind of shocked when it was over. I don’t take that as a good sign, and yet there was nothing that occurred during the interview that made me think that I said something wrong. We kind of flew through all the standard questions which I had prepared for and the interviewers seemed complimentary of my samples and the preparation I had put into preparing for AFI. Anyways, I hope I didn’t come off in an offputting way, but I guess I won’t know until March. Regardless, good luck to all the other applicants!
I’m so glad it went well! May I ask who you interviewed with?Hey guys
Had my interview in person today at AFI. They were so lovely, and as mentioned by various others, it's more of a free flowing conversation about who you are and how that translates into your suitability as a screenwriter.
A lot of it was a discussion around my background, the countries I've lived in and how I got into film. Then a discussion about the films of the award season, i.e. what I liked, what I didn't like and their responses to that. Then about my writing, my sample and the types of stories I wanna tell. Finally, there was question time and we chatted about the curriculum and the transition to industry event at the end of the program. It went for 40 minutes (and had about a 5 minute chat with admissions to discuss logistics and financials before that).
I'd say - just be yourself, be ready and willing to engage in discussion about current films, know your material and know why you're there!
Brb, just gonna anxiously wait for a month.