Chapman Fall 2010

asr

Member
Just thought I would start a general board for people applying to Chapman.

Has anyone started the application yet?
 

Silverlenz

Active Member
Thanks for starting this thread ASR. I've completed the following items:

1. Portfolio List
2. CV/Resume
3. I'm about 80% done with my Transformational moment essay.

I still need to work on my :

1. Description of my favorite film
2. Dramatic scene/sample of scholarly writing.

I'm going to wait until the very end to submit my items even if i finish early. With all these schools add stuff late I want to make sure I don't get disqualified because of something silly like that .

SilverLenz
 

asr

Member
After finishing USC's yesterday, I'm starting my Chapman app today. What concentrations are you applying for? I'm doing directing, with sound design or editing as a second choice.
 
Anyone else find the Chapman application to be far more annoying (vague,tedious,pointless) then other schools? I love the program, but the application process just seems silly. And for school with so many specializations, it's very generic.

Still gonna do it, but it's not as much fun as some of the others.
 

notroberttowne

Active Member
Last year, at least, it was really easy compared to UCLA. Of course, that's assuming you're okay with doing a find/replace and swapping 'ucla' for 'chapman' in your essay.
 

asr

Member
Does anyone know:

Do we need to supply supplemental material for our secondary choice?

For example, if editing was my first choice, and directing was my second choice, would I still need to submit a reel?
 

Mike_V

Moderator
Staff member
Originally posted by Impossible Protagonist:
Anyone else find the Chapman application to be far more annoying (vague,tedious,pointless) then other schools? I love the program, but the application process just seems silly. And for school with so many specializations, it's very generic.

Still gonna do it, but it's not as much fun as some of the others.

Actually it's not annoying at all. They ask for everything straight up. None of it is mindblowing or tedious. Also, if you read carefully, each discpline will be requested different things later in the application process. For example, directors will be asked for a reel while an editor will simply be asked for a portfolio list.

To ASR: I'm not sure, but you should give the dodge college grad department a call. they'll answer all your questions.
 

laytonw5

Member
I've just finished USC so now I'm focused on Chapman. I've got my SoP, and portfolio list, but I've still got to write my favorite film description. And I need to decide if I want to use some of the material I've written for other apps for Chapman. I'd rather do all new stuff, but I'm also hoping to finish this feature length screenplay by the deadline so it's a bit of a tight squeeze.

Do you think they look for people submitting pieces that also fit the requirements for another school and deduct points based on that?
 

apex

Active Member
I think that would be pretty ridiculous if they did. They must know/understand that people reuse a lot of material for other applications. Maybe the SoP should be slightly more tailored to the school to which you are applying, but that's about all IMHO.

It would be like asking a painter or sculptor to make a new piece for each MFA program they were applying to and I don't a single artist that has done that, they just submit their portfolios--unless something very specific and unique is asked for.

For the most part, USC and NYU's applications were identical and Chapman only asks for a few more pieces of material. So go for it if you have the time/motivation to create all new pieces, but I wouldn't be stressed if you don't.

In the end, they are looking for talent that will beef up the school name. If you have it, they will want you no matter where else you are applying.
 

asr

Member
Is anyone else applying to Chapman out of undergrad? What are you guys using for your reel?

I have a short film I was going to submit, about 5 minutes in length.
 

Silverlenz

Active Member
Yes a resume is required. I'm applying to the producing (1st choice) and Screenwriting (Second choice). I've been out of school for almost three years now. The areas I'm applying to dont require reels.

Silverlenz
 

jeph82

New Member
I don't think a resume is required for Chapman.

You are required to submit a Chapman application (online) and the Dodge school application (paper).

On the Chapman application it has a page of instructions and says:

Resume:
A resume or curriculum vitae is required for the MA MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY, MS Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ed.S. School Psychology, MA School Counseling, PPS School Counseling, Tier 1 Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, and Ph.D. in Education programs. For Ed.S. School Psychology, M.A. School Counseling, and PPS School Counseling, the resume should include information on experiences working with children and/or families.

I don't see any film program listed there, but I normally include a resume even if not required.
 

Mike_V

Moderator
Staff member
you do not have to submit a resume for film. There is a section in the general application that asked me what jobs i have done and all that, but that is as close to a resume as I have seen.
 

Silverlenz

Active Member
I sent an email asking if a resume is needed and this was the response.


SilverLenz

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Thank you for your interest in Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. I would recommend sending a resume along with your application materials/portfolio. It never hurts to have a professional outline of a concise version of all of your accomplishments. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions.


Best,

Rebekah Parmer
Graduate Assistant, Dodge College of Film Media
 

Mike_V

Moderator
Staff member
well, i guess if they want it, they want it. I personally didn't send in a resume, but that's about it. What she meant I believe, is that it doesn't hurt to send your resume in, but it's not needed.
 

Jane_

Member
I guess the "Creative Portfolio List" is supposed to contain the information and creative works they are looking for.

And do you guys double-space all the writing assignments? They have no specific spacing requirements on the website so I assume 1.5 spacing would not hurt. What are your opinions?
 
I just prepared my less than 1 page 'Creative portfolio list" where I included the 3 short movies I worked on. In my Resume, I already have mentioned the 3 short movies and the role I played. My Resume and Creative Portfolio list almost looks the same. Can anyone please advise me on how to differentiate these?

Thanks.
 

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