Columbia 2021 MFA Screenwriting/Directing Applicants

kikis_delivery

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I really want to go to USC! Is that not your first choice? And I haven't heard from NYU either!
yes, i’d say usc is my first choice as well!! i guess it doesn’t really matter if nyu or columbia want me but i’m worried that the fact they didn’t interview me means i’m not that strong of an applicant in usc’s eyes either??
 

katiebonnie

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no..... :( feeling despondent. i haven't received one from nyu either, only usc
Yeah me too :confused: I haven't heard from nyu either and I thought that was my strongest application so losing confidence in usc thinking I'm any good. Buttt trying to stay positive and maybe lots of people deferred from last year?
yes, i’d say usc is my first choice as well!! i guess it doesn’t really matter if nyu or columbia want me but i’m worried that the fact they didn’t interview me means i’m not that strong of an applicant in usc’s eyes either??
If it's any consolation, I haven't heard from nyu or columbia but I did interview for afi so every school looks for something different - don't give up on usc :)
 

silvercolored

Active Member
yes, i’d say usc is my first choice as well!! i guess it doesn’t really matter if nyu or columbia want me but i’m worried that the fact they didn’t interview me means i’m not that strong of an applicant in usc’s eyes either??
It's very subjective. I got Columbia, UCLA, AFI but not NYU or USC. There's no point in comparing them. That school liked you and that's amazing news:)
 

Holly.A

Member
Curious for anyone that has interviewed.

Did you send a thank you note and was it responded to?
If memory serves me correctly, I did and I received a response, but it didn't change the outcome. I was pulled off the waitlist later in the summer. Sending thank you notes is always good practice.
 

Holly.A

Member
Hi there, Thanks for this info, really helpful and clarifying :) Just had a couple of queries if that's still cool to ask:

I was just wondering if you'd be able to speak a little bit about the kinds of equipment available to CU students as each year progresses. There had been some mention of their camera range being a little lagging behind - but then also some people mentioning that they had recently invested in more up to date cameras/lenses. Of course cameras are not the be and end all but just wondering what is available to you guys in terms of actual equipment (in a non corona world).

Also just wondering how your classes on cinematography are. I was definitely drawn to CU for their storytelling, writer/director emphasis but also interested to know if they offer much practical/technical training in camera and lighting?
Canon C200, Panasonic AU-EVA1, Sony PXW-FS5, and then towards thesis year you get access to more. There is a cinematography class, but I'm not in it so I can't speak on it. There is a half semester class your first year in Audio, Lighting, or Camera and the othe half of the semester is editing with AVID.
 
did people who got interview requests submit earlier in the cycle?
No. I submitted an hour before the deadline.

It's a tough year to apply to certain directing programs like Columbia or AFI. I surmise that quite a few applicants from last year deferred because of the pandemic. But at the same time, it feels like there are a lot less folks applying to film school then years prior.
This may not be what you want to hear but... Historically, if you look at the data on when Columbia sends interview offers, they do it all at once.
 
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mikaobo

Member
No. I submitted an hour before the deadline.

It's a tough year to apply to certain directing programs like Columbia or AFI. I surmise that quite a few applicants from last year deferred because of the pandemic. But at the same time, it feels like there are a lot less folks applying to film school then years prior.
This may not be what you want to hear but... Historically, if you look at the data on when Columbia sends interview offers, they do it all at once.
Sure, obviously not gonna be blindly optimistic at this point
But there has been cases where interview requests til mid March, right?
 

nvf101

Active Member
Canon C200, Panasonic AU-EVA1, Sony PXW-FS5, and then towards thesis year you get access to more. There is a cinematography class, but I'm not in it so I can't speak on it. There is a half semester class your first year in Audio, Lighting, or Camera and the othe half of the semester is editing with AVID.
Thanks so much for this information. It’s really interesting to hear some of these details.
☺️
 

nvf101

Active Member
Canon C200, Panasonic AU-EVA1, Sony PXW-FS5, and then towards thesis year you get access to more. There is a cinematography class, but I'm not in it so I can't speak on it. There is a half semester class your first year in Audio, Lighting, or Camera and the othe half of the semester is editing with AVID.
Thanks so much for this information. It’s really interesting to hear some of these details.
☺️
 
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