Chapman MFA Directing 2020

Hey guys, just finished my interview with a professor. I was really nervous but overall the interview is quite good .( but the professor spend some time finding my Skype because my account is too complicated... remember to set an easy one...)
He asked me about my film I submitted and he asked if there are other stories that I would like to do in the future. Except the detailed future concept I handed in, I haven’t had another specific storyline so far, but I did share some themes and topic that I want to focus on, and we had a nice conversation on recent situation in the Eastern Asia. He also showed the strong points of their program, which really makes me try to think to attend this program even if other really good program offer me a space. He said it is a “student-centric’ program and it fully focuses on “training a director”; besides, the professor there are all willing to help students to get intern opportunities.
He said the interview will keep going the next three weeks and the result will come out maybe within a month.
My advice for all of you is to be yourself and frankly speak out your voice and thoughts, and everything will be fine!
 
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123321

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Hey guys, just finished my interview with a professor. I was really nervous but overall the interview is quite good .( but the professor spend some time finding my Skype because my account is too complicated... remember to set an easy one...)
He asked me about my film I submitted and he asked if there are other stories that I would like to do in the future. Except the detailed future concept I handed in, I haven’t had another specific storyline so far, but I did share some themes and topic that I want to focus on, and we have a nice conversation on recent situation in the Eastern Asia. He also showed the strong points of their program, which really makes me try to think to attend this program even if other really good program offer me a space. He said it is a “student-centric’ program and it fully focuses on “training a director”; besides, the professor there are all willing to help students to get intern opportunities.
He said the interview will keep going the next three weeks and the result will come out maybe within a month.
My advice for all of you is to be yourself and frankly speak out your voice and thoughts, and everything will be fine!
So you mean they are still sending out interview invites or it's gonna take them three weeks to finish interviewing the current pool of candidates?
 
So you mean they are still sending out interview invites or it's gonna take them three weeks to finish interviewing the current pool of candidates?
I am not sure whether they are still sending out the requests, cause he just told me all of the interview will end within three weeks. So far I see the interviews are arranged till next week. I think maybe wait for another week and see if they will send out more emails. It seems that there is still some time to interview other applicants.
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
Hey guys, does anyone know how many people there are in directing discipline each year? I’ve heard it’s a small class
@IndecisiveElle probably knows. Check out the interview with her here:

CHAPMAN FILM SCHOOL STUDENT PROFILE: Danni (aka IndecisiveElle) Directing MFA

CHAPMAN FILM SCHOOL STUDENT PROFILE: Danni (aka IndecisiveElle) Directing MFA

“Film School is still Graduate School... you're still getting a master's and there's still traditional work that has to be done. And a lot of people just thought like, oh well I’ll just come here and make a bunch of movies.” Danni sitting with camera in kitchen - for her very first assignment...
 
Sorry for not checking the site soon enough to respond! I heard from the professors that interviewed me that each discipline has 20 students.
No worries!

Is Chapman your first choice of film school? I am as well waiting for the result of USC, and wondering which program fit me the most.
The professor from Chapman told me it’s very competitive to be the director in USC, and I’ve also heard others said that it’s mostly difficult for non-native speaker. While the professor from Chapman guaranteed me that student from directing discipline will definitely get enough chances to direct our movies.
But you know, USC gained really high reputation and it’s undeniable that it’s really an excellent film school for their alumni network and resources.
 
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alanshi

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No worries!

Is Chapman your first choice of film school? I am as well waiting for the result of USC, and wondering which program fit me the most.
The professor from Chapman told me it’s very competitive to be the director in USC, and I’ve also heard others said that it’s mostly difficult for non-native speaker. While the professor from Chapman guaranteed me that student from directing discipline will definitely get enough chances to direct our movies.
But you know, USC gained really high reputation and it’s undeniable that it’s really an excellent film school for their alumni network and resources.
Yeah I hear you. I think Chapman is my #1. Chapman funds some of their student films and let's you direct a lot. USC doesn't give much guidance, and they don't always let you direct films. It's a more open and exploratory school. I like that Chapman is focused and more disciplined, but that's just me. If you feel like you want to explore other aspects of media, then I'd say USC is a better pick, but for me, I want to direct, and I think Chapman offers more help and resources than USC for directors.
 
Yeah I hear you. I think Chapman is my #1. Chapman funds some of their student films and let's you direct a lot. USC doesn't give much guidance, and they don't always let you direct films. It's a more open and exploratory school. I like that Chapman is focused and more disciplined, but that's just me. If you feel like you want to explore other aspects of media, then I'd say USC is a better pick, but for me, I want to direct, and I think Chapman offers more help and resources than USC for directors.
May I ask what your major is in undergraduate? My major is English language and literature and I studied in filmmaking only for two semesters when I was in somewhere else as an exchange student, so I haven’t really got a formal training in filmmaking like using the camera, lighting or other hard skills.
My ultimate goal is to be a narrative film director. But I am wondering whether I should go to a program with completed training in every aspect of filmmaking cause it seems that a director should as well expertise in all of the filmmaking skills
or I should go directly to the program specifically specialize in directing.
 

alanshi

New Member
May I ask what your major is in undergraduate? My major is English language and literature and I studied in filmmaking only for two semesters when I was in somewhere else as an exchange student, so I haven’t really got a formal training in filmmaking like using the camera, lighting or other hard skills.
My ultimate goal is to be a narrative film director. But I am wondering whether I should go to a program with completed training in every aspect of filmmaking cause it seems that a director should as well expertise in all of the filmmaking skills
or I should go directly to the program specifically specialize in directing.
My undergraduate was a double major in communication and film. I hear what you're saying. If you want to take more classes in other areas besides directing, then USC really is the best choice for you. Chapman's curriculum is more focused, and they leave only a few slots for additional electives, which fits me very well because I'm relatively confident in my basic knowledge of sound, design, editing, cinematography etc. In my personal opinion, I don't think you need to know all the technical details of every filmmaking department in order to be a good director. If you choose Chapman, I'm 100% sure you will learn what you need to know about all the different departments in filmmaking that is necessary for a director to know. And you can always take different classes, ask your classmates, or ask faculty about anything you're unsure about. If you disagree and really feel like you need more room to explore other departments in-depth, then certainly USC is a better pick for you. Its all subjective though and up to personal preference. That's just my two cents.
 

Johnella18

USC - Applied
Okay folks series finale came early!
Chapman emailed me yesterday and told me I wasn't accepted into directing, but to consider my second choice-- the screenwriting MFA. Anybody else get something similar? I thought it strange to say we like you for our school . . . but not for directing. Lol
 

jn0pe

Member
Supporting Member
American University
FSU
University of Miami
Does anyone know whether they interview Editing applicants? I haven't heard a thing from Chapman since submitting my materials.
 

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