Boston University MFA Screenwriting Current Student AMA

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
I went to BU as an undergrad ages ago! Geller was the screenwriting Prof then but I think he's gone now.

How many are in the program?

Thanks for offering to do this!
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
What do they have you working on now? What's been the most exciting? What has surprised you the most? What do you wish you knew before you attended? :)
 

Jobin

Member
BU
Working on a second feature and a spec for an hour long drama currently—I chose The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for that. Surprised? I was in the military—where shit never goes to plan—so nothing really surprised me. I wish I knew how swanky Brookline, MA was cause I probs would’ve got a place elsewherez
 

jwel98

New Member
Hey, I’m in the screenwriting program at BU so if you have some questions I can do my best to answer!
Hey thanks for doing this! Do you feel like you’re getting a lot out of the program so far? Have you gotten any sense of how successful students are after they graduate? Are you enjoying living in Boston? Is there decent housing that’s at least somewhat affordable? Thanks!
 

Jobin

Member
BU
I have 100 percent become a better writer. I’ve been happy with the curriculum so far, the workshops are always great, and it’s just great being around people interested in the same thing.
As to prior students, there is a solid amount of success. There’s someone from the last graduating class that I know of who just got an official job with Sony. It’s like any program, you still have to work after you get the degree, the MFA itself won’t just magically get your script green lit but you will have the tools to put yourself in position to do so. There are a lot of BU grads not just in screenwriting, but from the general College of Communication that work in LA.
Boston is fun, there’s a lot to do. As far as affordable housing, I mean that’s relative to the person and the area. Like Brookline is sort of swanky so the prices go up. I wouldn’t expect to pay anything less than $1000 a month.
 

jwel98

New Member
I have 100 percent become a better writer. I’ve been happy with the curriculum so far, the workshops are always great, and it’s just great being around people interested in the same thing.
As to prior students, there is a solid amount of success. There’s someone from the last graduating class that I know of who just got an official job with Sony. It’s like any program, you still have to work after you get the degree, the MFA itself won’t just magically get your script green lit but you will have the tools to put yourself in position to do so. There are a lot of BU grads not just in screenwriting, but from the general College of Communication that work in LA.
Boston is fun, there’s a lot to do. As far as affordable housing, I mean that’s relative to the person and the area. Like Brookline is sort of swanky so the prices go up. I wouldn’t expect to pay anything less than $1000 a month.
Awesome! Thanks for the info.
 

jwel98

New Member
Hey, I’m in the screenwriting program at BU so if you have some questions I can do my best to answer!
Just thought of one more thing. The semester in LA was a big reason why I applied and it seems like a great opportunity. Have they gone into any more detail about that throughout your time there?
 

Jobin

Member
BU
Just thought of one more thing. The semester in LA was a big reason why I applied and it seems like a great opportunity. Have they gone into any more detail about that throughout your time there?
They have not talked about it a lot yet. It seems to be something they want to focus more on when you reach fall of your second year.
 
There's a production course that is required in the first semester-- how many opportunities have you had after that to produce your scripts? Are there ample opportunities to produce any of your work there? Is it even a requirement?

Are there teaching assistantships available? What other methods are typically used to finance the education?
 

Jobin

Member
BU
There's a production course that is required in the first semester-- how many opportunities have you had after that to produce your scripts? Are there ample opportunities to produce any of your work there? Is it even a requirement?

Are there teaching assistantships available? What other methods are typically used to finance the education?
The production course is required but, if you’ve taken a video production in say undergrad, you can get out of the one they schedule you for and take something else. A couple people did that in my class.


There are fair amount of opportunities. They actually just created a script data base only for BU students so that scripts could be shared between the film and TV students. You can TA your first year, for COM 101, in your second year there’s an option to TA for an undergrad screenwriting course where you get your own discussion section that you have A ton of control over how it’s taught.
It’s also worth noting that BU will cover the cost for enter screenwriting competitions.
 

Jobin

Member
BU
Methods for funding? I mean a student loan is the most likely option. I still had GI bill left so I used that.
 

zarazee

New Member
Supporting Member
Hey, I’m in the screenwriting program at BU so if you have some questions I can do my best to answer!
Thanks for doing this. Do the screenwriting program and the directing program every meet for a project? Can you talk a little about your application process, like how you got in?
 

Jobin

Member
BU
They do not meet as an official class, but you have opportunities to work with them. I'm not quite sure what you mean with the second part. What did I submit? Or how they notified me?
 

zarazee

New Member
Supporting Member
S
They do not meet as an official class, but you have opportunities to work with them. I'm not quite sure what you mean with the second part. What did I submit? Or how they notified me?
sorry for the unclarity. I mean,like what did you submit, what was your GPA etc
 

Jobin

Member
BU
I submitted part of a feature and a short, and my gpa was a 3.3 aside from that there’s the video and the personal statement
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
I submitted part of a feature and a short, and my gpa was a 3.3 aside from that there’s the video and the personal statement
Do you mind adding what you remember from your application to the tracker? That would be helpful to a lot of people. :)

 

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