Chapman MFA Directing Applicants 2021

liz_ard_

Member
It was mostly just about my films/application materials and goals and they answered my questions. I had a lot. It was super casual and personal - not like an “interview” so much as a conversation. That’s why it’s a little harder to read! I got some great compliments on my storytelling though so even if I don’t get in, it’s encouraging feedback from film professors/industry professionals! They did say decisions will probably be end of March so I’m betting there is another round of interviews after this one. Don’t give up hope if you haven’t heard anything yet :)
Sounds really positive! Thanks for sharing :) Looking forward to mine next week!
 

liz_ard_

Member
Mostly doing this for future applicants (or me again next year lol), BUT just had my interview with Michael Kowalski and Pavel Jech, both of whom were so frickin nice. We talked about why Chapman, recent films that felt like the kinds of projects I want to make, collaboration amongst students in the Production department, a bit about my Thesis Film Essay, pretty in depth about one of the films I submitted, and where else I'd applied. I asked questions throughout, it was very conversational and positive.
They said decisions would start going out mid March for about a two week window. Best of luck everyone 🤩
 

cheeeese3cake

Well-Known Member
Mostly doing this for future applicants (or me again next year lol), BUT just had my interview with Michael Kowalski and Pavel Jech, both of whom were so frickin nice. We talked about why Chapman, recent films that felt like the kinds of projects I want to make, collaboration amongst students in the Production department, a bit about my Thesis Film Essay, pretty in depth about one of the films I submitted, and where else I'd applied. I asked questions throughout, it was very conversational and positive.
They said decisions would start going out mid March for about a two week window. Best of luck everyone 🤩
omg congrats! did you, by any chance, ask whether they will still be sending out interview invites?
 

Husan

New Member
Mostly doing this for future applicants (or me again next year lol), BUT just had my interview with Michael Kowalski and Pavel Jech, both of whom were so frickin nice. We talked about why Chapman, recent films that felt like the kinds of projects I want to make, collaboration amongst students in the Production department, a bit about my Thesis Film Essay, pretty in depth about one of the films I submitted, and where else I'd applied. I asked questions throughout, it was very conversational and positive.
They said decisions would start going out mid March for about a two week window. Best of luck everyone 🤩
May I ask the specific question about collaboration? What question it is? it seems difficult.Thank you so much
 

liz_ard_

Member
omg congrats! did you, by any chance, ask whether they will still be sending out interview invites?
I didn't, my guess is they're mostly finished (they sent a link to a calendar with available dates to schedule the interview and I chose one on the later side). But I may be totally wrong! There could be another cycle of interviews before mid-March.
 

liz_ard_

Member
May I ask the specific question about collaboration? What question it is? it seems difficult.Thank you so much
I asked about how students in the screenwriting program are paired with directors for some of their early projects, and I was very curious about opportunities to work with the TV writing and producing program as well. The amount of collaboration involved in the Directing program is a big part of why it's one of my top choices, and I made that clear. Hope that helps!
 

Husan

New Member
I asked about how students in the screenwriting program are paired with directors for some of their early projects, and I was very curious about opportunities to work with the TV writing and producing program as well. The amount of collaboration involved in the Directing program is a big part of why it's one of my top choices, and I made that clear. Hope that helps!
Thank you so much!And I am sorry,what the more in-depth questions they ask about submitted film? In fact,I never studied film before,and so nervous I cant anwer their quetion at all.
 

liz_ard_

Member
Thank you so much!And I am sorry,what the more in-depth questions they ask about submitted film? In fact,I never studied film before,and so nervous I cant anwer their quetion at all.
Yeah, they just asked me to tell them a bit about the conception of the idea and we went on to discuss the themes, some of the choices I made to achieve the tone, what some of the reference points were, etc.
I think if you are passionate about your project and know what you were trying to say with it, that will come through when you speak. So I wouldn't stress about it! You got this!
 

cheeeese3cake

Well-Known Member
I didn't, my guess is they're mostly finished (they sent a link to a calendar with available dates to schedule the interview and I chose one on the later side). But I may be totally wrong! There could be another cycle of interviews before mid-March.
I see I see. Thank you.
 
Hey, I just mailed the admissions department about the decisions and they told me that they will be out somewhere in mid March. Although, I haven’t really received an interview notification. Should I be worried about it? Most of the people here have already been interviewed here
 

yd_new

Member
Same, I haven’t heard back from Chapman at all. It seems like the interview request were sent out from reading the comments here.
 

Vicky H

Well-Known Member
I received an invitation of the event, introducing the school and program. but my friend who also applied Chapman didn't receive it. DOes it mean anything?
 

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