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There's been a few exchanges re: NFTS 2018 submissions and entries on the 2017 entry thread, but I thought we could do with the specific thread for 2018, given that the interviewing process is about to commence.
I submitted an application for the Editing MA and received an invitation for an interview yesterday. I have very low expectations moving onto the next stage, but I'm excited nonetheless.
What about you guys?
Who's applied, and for what subjects? Who else has received a response?
Let us know!
It appears this year's application season has slowed down as traffic to the site has decreased... If you've been accepted a big hearty CONGRATULATIONS from me and I hope the site was a help to you in the process.
For those that didn't get in this year, DON'T GIVE UP and there's always next year. I hope the site and it's community will continue to be a source of inspiration and knowledge for you.
Please be sure to blog about your film school experience on our new user blog system.
And of course be sure to post reviews on the film schools that you are going to or applied to on our Film School review system.
The Film School review system will be going through a MAJOR UPGRADE in the next couple of months and will be even more awesome. I'm excited to launch it.
Thought it would be a good to have a separate thread for this.
I thought it would be helpful to create threads revolving around the interviews coming up. I plan to share my interview experience with AFI, NYU and Columbia, but I wanted to get this thread up here for people who might have interviews earlier and want to share their experience in each of the interviews. Hope this will be helpful!
Noticed there wasn't a USC-focused MFA writing thread, so figured I would kick things off with this observation.
I was obsessively scanning the various spreadsheets of year's past today (as you do), and noticed that today (Feb. 20) was when acceptance letters started to trickle in for Screenwriting applicants back in 2015. Now granted the wait in 2016 was a tad bit longer (the first one wasn't reported until March 4), but still, the point remains: I think we've actually reached the point where acceptance and/or rejection letters could float our way any day now.
@HBG asked for a dedicated Tisch thread, so here goes.
For those who did not see my earlier posts, Susan Carnival told me last Thursday that invites for grad film applicants will go out over the next two weeks. So we should expect emails/calls the weeks of Feb. 13 and Feb.20. I'm attaching a screenshot of her email.
I know the Google track sheet shows some people received invites earlier, but that's what she told me. Also, @HBG called the admissions office yesterday and was told they started calling people this week. So I guess we have to be patient.
Good luck to everyone. Fingers crossed!
It was subtly suggested that someone should start a thread for UCLA 2017. I figured that it would be fun to stress together (misery loves company, right?), so here it is
Are you guys working on any fun or secret projects until we hear back?
I'm writing another spec script, but I'm not quite sure which show yet. I was thinking something period like The Knick or Peaky Blinders. I also like those superhero shows, so Jessica Jones / Daredevil / Luke Cage are also options.
I hope everybody who celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday. The application deadline is a few short days away so I wanted to create a thread for those of us interested in the Columbia MFA film program. It would be great to have folks to talk to during the next couple of anxious months. The Columbia MFA threads for last year and the year before that were really helpful and active. I hope this one will be as well.
Please share any thoughts, tips or opinions. Here's to Columbia's Fall 2017 incoming class!
Hey! Last year, this forum helped me survive the waiting period (soon-to-come for all of you, it's as horrendous as it sounds) and the stress that comes with sending your writing off to people you've never met.
I thought I'd come back and host an AMA-style thread if you have any questions about the program. I'll check up on this each week and answer them to the best of my abilities.
(Could also potentially answer some production questions as well.)
This is a list of ACTUAL interview questions reported from posts from our members from the thousands of posts over the years on these boards. Please edit the WIKI to add your own.
Also WEAR NICE CLOTHES TO YOUR INTERVIEW - as an AFI interviewer said according to the forums - "He said he didn't expect a full suit but to dress nice, like nice slacks and business appropriate top. He talked about a sloppily dressed guy giving him the impression that he didn't care."
More tips on the interview:
"I wore a suit to both. I rarely wear suits, but I have to say when you dress well, you really do feel much more confident. I don't know how to explain it any better than that. I highly recommend over dressing because it undoubtedly boosted my confidence, as strange as that may sound. From my experience as well as from the advice I was given prior to my interviews, confidence goes a long way in these interviews. Try to avoid um, so, well & other transition words at the start of each sentence....
The following is a list of all of the Film School Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Application Deadlines for the 2017 - 2018 school year.
If there is a film school missing please let me know and/or edit the WIKI and add the school and application deadline.
November 1, 2016:
USC Cinematic Arts - Peter Stark Producing Program (MFA)
November 15, 2016:
NYU - Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film and Television (M.F.A.) (Application Deadline - Portfolio due December 1st)
NYU - Tisch Kanbar/Stern - MBA/MFA Dual Degree in Producing (Kanbar Deadline)
USC Cinematic Arts - Film and Television Production (MFA)
USC Cinematic Arts - Writing for Screen & Television (MFA)
December 1, 2016:
American Film Institute Directing &Screenwriting
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) - Program in Film and Video (M.F.A.) (Preferred deadline)
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)- Film Directing (M.F.A.) (Preferred deadline)
Chapman University - Dodge College of Film and Media Arts (M.F.A.)...
Well here we go again.
Being here for a second year, it feels appropriate to kick off this year's application thread.
I have to say, I jumped into my applications last year pretty half cocked and I'm excited to be much more active in the process this go around. I'm keeping really busy by studying for my GRE to take it at the end of September.
Anyone taking the GRE?
You can see where I'm applying and how things went for my for 2016's attempt in my signature. I have to say I learned a ton and I'm not discouraged in the slightest by how things turned out!
I did a TV workshop at Columbia that was amazing and incredibly rewarding. Both in terms of the work I was able to accomplish and some really valuable friendships and partnerships I established. I even added UCLA to my list this year in hopes of getting into a program with someone I met at Columbia.
How did everyone else spend their summers getting ready for their application season?
I'm trying this out just for fun.... you can now add custom user titles next to your user name. So instead of "New Member" or "Member" or "Active Member" it can be "Film School Aspirant" or "USC MFA Student" "Kubrick Lover" or whatever the heck you want.
1. Go to your "Personal Details" in your User pulldown menu...
2. Edit the "Custom Title" field.
And now you'll have a nice custom member title next to all of your posts as my test user demonstrates below.
Nothing offensive please or I'll turn it off... Don't ruin the fun for everyone else.
Hi all - I'm Maria and looking to apply to the Peter Stark Program, wondering who else has begun their application essays....
Also, I see on the USC site that they don't require GRE scores, but on previous forums I see people are taking their GRE. Does anyone know if that's an official requirement?
Look forward to discussing the process.
I decided to post this as its own tread so it would be helpful for years to come and easilly accessable! Behind the link you can find the google spread sheet where everyone (non forumers too!) is kindly asked to input your information. Please don't hesitate even if you haven't heard from some school or don't get in. Nobody will be the wiser who "Bananalover13" or "Anonymous99" really is, but for us and upcoming applicants the input is invaluable during already stressful times.
Without further ado:
Film School Applications (this is the old version - please use the 2017 one below)
Film School Applications 2017
A restored (AND LOCKED) 2016 version is here:
Film School Applications 2016
A restored (AND LOCKED) 2015 version is here:
Film School Applications 2015
Oh, and PLEASE - if you are unfamiliar with how the spread sheet works, just input your info at the bottom and I will move them around later. I have been cleaning the sheet on a daily basis since some tinker...
I thought I'd start a thread about this program and see if anybody has any strong feelings about it, which I'm sure you do! I didn't know anything about it until just recently but it sounds really cool. It sounds like a great idea as an alternative or a prelude to an advanced degree. (Apparently lots of UCLA's MFA students come from this cohort.)
If you haven't heard of it, basically you take two courses (lecture & workshop) for a year taught by UCLA's screenwriting faculty. Here's the site:
Campus Screenwriting | UCLA School of TFT
The BIG advantage is the cost. For the 2016-7 year it is $5500...total! Yes, four (4) figures. Obviously you don't get some of the benefits of a degree program (health insurance, etc...not sure if you get a school ID) but the fact that I wouldn't have to go into debt for it is very appealing, even if I would have to maintain a pesky day job. They accept...
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