COVID-19 & Film School?

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
Man... didn't see this coming. How is this going to affect the current school year? Admissions? Next year? Who the heck knows.

Stay safe everyone out there.

In the meantime... can anyone spare a square?

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Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
Has any schools officially announced any changes in regards to this? How are you guys going to do telework film production classes? Or is it going to switch to theory?

I presume not much will change for screenwriters.
 

Julie Lew

Moderator
Staff member
USC
USC is now remote until the end of the semester. We just heard today and it's spring break, so we're still waiting to hear from our professors how the rest of the semester will go. Fingers crossed everything returns to normal by the time fall term begins!
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
USC is now remote until the end of the semester. We just heard today and it's spring break, so we're still waiting to hear from our professors how the rest of the semester will go. Fingers crossed everything returns to normal by the time fall term begins!
How's that going to work? I heard in another thread that they're kicking people out of graduate apartment housing in NYU? That must suck.
 

sarahkwUT

Contributor
FilmSchool.org Writer
AFI
Chapman
LMU
USC
My brother is at UC Irvine (sophomore) and was kicked out of undergrad apartment housing. There was a fun bit of time where they tried to charge them for breaking their lease but that quickly went away for obvious reasons. I'm cautiously optimistic that we're being proactive enough with this self-quarantine and social distancing to start to resume some semblance of normalcy in a few weeks or so, but I'm nothing if not annoyingly optimistic.

My undergrad - Tennessee - went virtual for the rest of the semester and canceled commencement. Heartbroken for the seniors.
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
My brother is at UC Irvine (sophomore) and was kicked out of undergrad apartment housing. There was a fun bit of time where they tried to charge them for breaking their lease but that quickly went away for obvious reasons. I'm cautiously optimistic that we're being proactive enough with this self-quarantine and social distancing to start to resume some semblance of normalcy in a few weeks or so, but I'm nothing if not annoyingly optimistic.

My undergrad - Tennessee - went virtual for the rest of the semester and canceled commencement. Heartbroken for the seniors.
I have a sneaking suspicion it's going to be more than a few weeks. It's going to be months. And America will be forever changed.

Maybe I'll be wrong. But I think we at least need to prepare for it.
 

Frankie Bones

Member
Supporting Member
USC
I have a sneaking suspicion it's going to be more than a few weeks. It's going to be months. And America will be forever changed.

Maybe I'll be wrong. But I think we at least need to prepare for it.
As a NYS/NYC resident, I’ve heard 6 months as being a realistic timeframe (at least here). If so, that would definitely impact the fall semester.

Part of me is holding out hope things might be a little better in LA, and that somehow things will have improved by July, so I can start apartment hunting in August. But maybe that’s overly optimistic.
 

grace

New Member
Since I didn’t get a scholarship from the Uni I was accepted to for this fall semester, I am depending on private scholarships from organizations and companies. I’m applying for these now because most deadlines are by end of March or in April. It almost seems cynical to apply now. The economy will definitely be affected, maybe very badly, maybe there’s an inflation in summer. Scholarships will be the first thing to be canceled then because these companies have to take care of their workers first of course and to not go broke. I am very concerned about my future, going to this school has been my biggest dream for years but I might not be able to afford tuition during this time. Biggest priority is of course to stay healthy, stay as financially stable as possible for our basic needs, college is a luxury and comes second. Especially since film business is unpredictable for the next years. People might not be spending money on movies when they’re trying to feed their families and mourning for loved ones they lost. Could of course be the opposite, no one can say at this point. But it’s stupid to presume that everything will go back to normal after this or count on old laws.
 

Leforbusier

Member
My brother is at UC Irvine (sophomore) and was kicked out of undergrad apartment housing. There was a fun bit of time where they tried to charge them for breaking their lease but that quickly went away for obvious reasons. I'm cautiously optimistic that we're being proactive enough with this self-quarantine and social distancing to start to resume some semblance of normalcy in a few weeks or so, but I'm nothing if not annoyingly optimistic.

My undergrad - Tennessee - went virtual for the rest of the semester and canceled commencement. Heartbroken for the seniors.
Unrelated to COVID, but go Vols(!). Yes, this is very sad news though. Sorry to hear.
 

Memz

Active Member
AFI
Columbia
Well... this is pretty alarming. A study at Imperial College London suggest we may be looking at self isolation as a strategy until a vaccine can be developed, which may take up to 18 months or longer..

 

sa96

Active Member
Hello! Chiming in from Canada here! We have taken pretty drastic measures up north in most of our provinces. The big ones (Quebec & Ontario) have shut down schools, daycares, universities, courts, restaurants, movie theatres, places of religious worship, public parks etc. Malls and public transit are operating on limited hours and most stores have shut down of their own accord. All gatherings of more than 50 people have been banned as well. Only essential services and office businesses are operating now. Self-isolation is being practised by most (75% - 90%) here & public transport continues to run with 1/10th of the amount of people using it. I don’t know if things are getting better for sure but there are certainly less people on the street, roads, and using public transit. Our leaders are optimistic that things will get better and that we’ll make it through this together. It seems like our anticipated goal is mid-April (it could very well go longer though). Personally, seeing the way people have come together and really made an effort, I truly believe that come fall we should be in some state resembling normal! My hope now is that our friends in America follow suit, these strict measures really help! Stay safe everyone and if you can, please stay home!
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
Today is our 11th day of lockdown, we were supposed to go back to “normality” on April 3rd but the government has already warned us that it will be extended until no one knows when. I don’t want to scare anyone but if only the world saw how things truly are over here, they’d act in a much quicker way.
Please let us know what it's like @Ep317 !

It's crazy here in LA. Stores are sold out and someone from work tested positive this week. I've been home for almost 2 weeks though. Still feeling a little sick myself but I don't think it's covid but who knows for sure because they won't test.

The doctor said I don't have a high fever, my cough is productive (not dry) and my lungs are clear on x-ray so that's good.

I think I don't have to leave the house for a while though again because I got a bunch at the store yesterday after delivery was cancelled and ordered another delivery for next week. Hopefully that one wont be cancelled. Also ordered this from Amazon:

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cm2023

New Member
Since I didn’t get a scholarship from the Uni I was accepted to for this fall semester, I am depending on private scholarships from organizations and companies. I’m applying for these now because most deadlines are by end of March or in April. It almost seems cynical to apply now. The economy will definitely be affected, maybe very badly, maybe there’s an inflation in summer. Scholarships will be the first thing to be canceled then because these companies have to take care of their workers first of course and to not go broke. I am very concerned about my future, going to this school has been my biggest dream for years but I might not be able to afford tuition during this time. Biggest priority is of course to stay healthy, stay as financially stable as possible for our basic needs, college is a luxury and comes second. Especially since film business is unpredictable for the next years. People might not be spending money on movies when they’re trying to feed their families and mourning for loved ones they lost. Could of course be the opposite, no one can say at this point. But it’s stupid to presume that everything will go back to normal after this or count on old laws.
Same here. All great points. Given the timeline of estimated quarantine/stay at home, I'm expecting that fall semester will be impacted at all universities. I'm not sure if it would be the best time to go to school then as a new student. And especially for production classes, I can't imagine how they are teaching them online... and how anyone would justify paying thousands for that.
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
BU
How's everyone's life changed because of this damn thing? I'm working from home on my Avid.
 

sguilford

Member
This has drastically changed my life as I know it. 😔

I'm a senior in college right now and my school hasn't officially cancelled our graduation but all signs point to we wont be coming back this semester. I was also accepted to my dream school, and no one in my family has accomplished anything close to this. I was already looking forward to merely graduating but then I was promised a very bright future and now I just don't know what it's going to look like. My life feels like it's just been totally halted, and I've never been stopped like that before. I've been working nonstop towards my future since I was a child. Like I started college when I was 16 and I'll graduate when I'm 20. I've been hauling ass my whole life. 🤣

So this is so bizarre that now I'm just on pause.
 

truffleshuffle

Active Member
NYU
USC
Yup, we just got the email that graduation was cancelled. We all knew it was coming of course. Although it’s sort of devastating to end this shared journey in isolation, my primary thoughts are revolving around the vulnerable both physically and financially. The market is decimated, and people are losing their income, retirement accounts getting wiped clean, small businesses being shuttered. And those poor sick and elderly people who have to watch arrogant narcissist youth shrug their shoulders as they go out to party, then later take up all the respiratory machines when they get sick while the old rot in the hallways. If I have to take the first semester online or defer a year then so be it. I’m just glad to be alive.
 

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