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Columbia MFA Creative Producing

Discussion in 'Graduate Film School Discussions' started by HBG, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. HBG

    HBG Member

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    Hey all,

    Wanted to get a jump start and open up a thread for those who have been admitted to the Creative Producing program at Columbia for Fall 2017.
     
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  2. clairewitchproject

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    Thanks for starting this thread! Are you going? Still deliberating? It's the only program I applied to, so I'll be there in the fall :)
     
  3. Cecil

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    Hey! I've been admitted to the Creative Producing program, but I also have a really good offer from NYU Grad Film.
    Not sure what to choose yet, if someone could help me with some advice that would be great!
     
  4. Tony Yang

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    I will also most likely be at Columbia in the fall as well! I got offers from other schools, but I like the approach of Columbia's program the most.
     
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  5. Tony Yang

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    If you're like me, and 100% know that you want to go into producing, then I would pick Columbia. If you're leaning towards directing or being a DP, NYU Graduate Film offers an amazing opportunity as well. It just depends on what path you want to take.
     
  6. Tony Yang

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    So is this Zoom call on Friday for all 24 of us that got accepted? Or is it going to be a handful of us at a time?

    My email said one of the producers from Moonlight will be on the call which is awesome!
     
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  7. clairewitchproject

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    Hey Cecil - I hope this helps -

    I'm a born and raised New Yorker and I attended to NYU Tisch Undergrad. I know - not the graduate program but there are a lot of similarities, particularly in the schools approach and philosophy towards filmmaking. I started in their film program (and didn't love it) so I transferred to Gallatin (another college at NYU).

    I personally found the NYU Tisch undergrad program academically underwhelming and limiting. It was also very technical and I was more interested in business management / leadership in creative industries. Frankly, I think this technical focus continues to carry over into the graduate program and (in my opinion) directors / dp's will benefit the most from an NYU MFA. I think the only way I would've gone back to Tisch is if I had (A) gotten a full ride and (B) was enrolling in the MBA / MFA program with Stern.

    A bunch of my best friends (including my boyfriend) went through the NYU undergrad program. It's hard for me to speak too poorly of that program because all of my friends seem to have benefitted from the experience. And while I don't recall my friends raving about their classes (I think the politics and redtape was pretty frustrating), everyone I know seems to cherish their NYU peer network. Also, the NYU in LA Alumni network is THE BOMB and was my saving grace when I lived in LA after college.

    Ultimately - I wanted access to a new network and going back to NYU, even for graduate school, wouldn't really satisfy desire on my part....I also wanted a film program that heavily emphasized Storytelling, something Columbia is well respected for. Lastly, I love that with my Creative Producing track at CU, I can still take a huge chunk of the same classes the Screenwriting students. As an aspiring Writer / Producer, Columbia just made the most sense for me.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to send me a DM.
     
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    agreed! and said much more concisely :p
     
  9. Cecil

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    Claire, this truly helps me! I needed an honest opinon based on experience. I definetly want to focus on production, and also have a different approach to Storytelling, considering I´ve been working as a screenwriter and producer since I graduated from college. I´m not going to say that the desicion is already made, but the scale is leaning towards Columbia!;)
     
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    I'm super happy that was helpful! And oh my - Excuse all those typos! So embarrassing :oops:

    Hope to see you next fall! Def share when you've made your official decision. Either way - you're headed to one of the best film schools in the world and that's with celebrating!
     
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    I think it'll be for all of us, as said in the email "we will be offering a special Zoom call for you all". --- Gonna be a really crowded screen lol
    I look forward to meeting you guys!
     
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    Hi allll

    I will most likely choose Columbia too (still haven't heard back from UCLA, but Columbia was my first choice anyway!) I am so so so excited for this program and to meet/work with everyone from everywhere. And of course, excited about the upcoming zoom call!

    *Unfortunately I haven't received any aid from the school - kudos to those of you who did receive scholarship from the school! So... I am currently a full-time scholarship hunter. : )
     
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  13. HBG

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    Hi! I hope to be attending in the fall too!
     
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  14. clairewitchproject

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    Once we get CU email addy's, we should be able to access this site: Welcome | Artists' Resource Center
    Apparently it's regularly updated with outside grant and funding opportunities.
     
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    Late to joining conversations on this site, but I'll be there in the Fall! :) Received some money from Columbia (yay!) but definitely hunting for additional aid to help offset. Excited to meet everyone!
     
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    I was wondering if anybody has gotten anything in the mail? I forget if they said 1 or 2 weeks before we receive our official packages on the phone.
     
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    Nothing yet- I think Jack said within 2 weeks?
     
  18. clairewitchproject

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    Nothing yet over here. I emailed about this today actually and Jack said we should receive a welcome packet via email sometime next week. I also cc'd admissions on that email, and they haven't gotten back yet but might have more firm details. When I hear, I'll share with the thread.
     
  19. HBG

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    Hey everyone! I got an email with the link to the application status, you'll find your acceptance letter and other docs there!
     
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    Oh wow - look at that! Found the email sitting in my spam folder :)
     

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