FilmSchool.org Changelog

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Chris W

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I've decided to start a thread that keeps track of all of the changes of FilmSchool.org. Here is the first new change on the site that is a big improvement. More to come.
  • Now running Acceptance Data 2.4.2 (our custom acceptance data program). You can now see statistics for certain application years only on the Acceptance Data pages. (example here)

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    This is a precursor to combining the film school pages into a single page per school which will be a better user experience. Example of stats for only 2023 is below:



    Soon we'll be getting rid of the Graduate, Undergraduate and short term categories in our film school review section and only have categories for country and state which will be much better.
 
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  • Now running Acceptance Data 2.4.4 (our custom acceptance data program). Fixed a bug where it would have a link to applications for a program when no applications to a program have been logged yet in our database.
 
  • Consolidated state and country categories for our film school review database and removed unnecessary Graduate, Undergraduate, and Short Term categories as this created duplicated listings and you can find this information using filters. Duplicate film school listings that were created from this previous organization will be merged on a future update.
  • Added map display when viewing a category such as United States, California, and United Kingdom

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  • Added a View Full Map button that'll display top film programs on a map:

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  • Reorganized our Application Database to remove unnecessary Undergrad and Graduate categories and moved previous years under a Past Years Applications category
  • Made the undergraduate program and undergraduate field of study fields optional (but amazingly useful for people to enter if applicable)
 
  • Reorganized and consolidated forums to remove unnecessary duplicative undergraduate and graduate forums.
 
Added the following data fields to the film school database
  • Undergraduate Deadlines
  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Camera Equipment
  • Software Used
  • Filmmaking Facilities
  • Undergraduate Application Requirements
  • Graduate Application Requirements
  • Letters of Rec Required
  • Helpful Links
 
  • Added for-profit/nonprofit field to the database
  • I've also started the slow process of merging the film school pages into one page for each school instead of multiple pages for cinematography or directing for example
 
I've merged all of the AFI film school pages into one page:

AFI Conservatory

AFI Conservatory

First established in 1967, the American Film Institute is world renowned for producing pioneers and trailblazers in the film industry. As a not-for-profit, private graduate film school, the AFI Conservatory teaches multimodal pedagogy in hands-on courses led by industry experts. Film students...

I will do this eventually to all the film school pages. This is to simplify the site and to have all the info for one school on one page. It also allows school wide application statistics like the following:

AFI Conservatory Acceptance Rate (All Programs/All Years)
38%
Admitted
170  out of   450   Admitted
12%
Waitlisted
56  out of   450   Waitlisted
50%
Not Admitted
224  out of   450  Not Admitted
Admitted
Waitlisted
Not Admitted


      You can still see stats for individual programs using the pulldown menu:

      AFI Conservatory Acceptance Rate (AFI - Cinematography/All Years)
      38%
      Admitted
      21  out of   55   Admitted
      15%
      Waitlisted
      8  out of   55   Waitlisted
      47%
      Not Admitted
      26  out of   55  Not Admitted
      Admitted
      Waitlisted
      Not Admitted


          AFI Conservatory Acceptance Rate (AFI - Directing/All Years)
          19%
          Admitted
          30  out of   156   Admitted
          12%
          Waitlisted
          19  out of   156   Waitlisted
          69%
          Not Admitted
          107  out of   156  Not Admitted
          Admitted
          Waitlisted
          Not Admitted


              AFI Conservatory Acceptance Rate (AFI - Editing/All Years)
              70%
              Admitted
              21  out of   30   Admitted
              7%
              Waitlisted
              2  out of   30   Waitlisted
              23%
              Not Admitted
              7  out of   30  Not Admitted
              Admitted
              Waitlisted
              Not Admitted


                  AFI Conservatory Acceptance Rate (AFI - Producing/All Years)
                  57%
                  Admitted
                  37  out of   65   Admitted
                  11%
                  Waitlisted
                  7  out of   65   Waitlisted
                  32%
                  Not Admitted
                  21  out of   65  Not Admitted
                  Admitted
                  Waitlisted
                  Not Admitted


                      AFI Conservatory Acceptance Rate (AFI - Production Design/All Years)
                      69%
                      Admitted
                      9  out of   13   Admitted
                      8%
                      Waitlisted
                      1  out of   13   Waitlisted
                      23%
                      Not Admitted
                      3  out of   13  Not Admitted
                      Admitted
                      Waitlisted
                      Not Admitted


                          AFI Conservatory Acceptance Rate (AFI - Screenwriting/All Years)
                          40%
                          Admitted
                          52  out of   131   Admitted
                          15%
                          Waitlisted
                          19  out of   131   Waitlisted
                          46%
                          Not Admitted
                          60  out of   131  Not Admitted
                          Admitted
                          Waitlisted
                          Not Admitted


                              Every link to the should be redirecting to the correct place but if you notice an error anywhere please let me know. :)
                               
                              • Merged the many many Chapman pages into one:

                                Chapman University - Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

                                Chapman University - Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

                                Rising to number 4 on The Hollywood Reporter's annual rankings of the top 25 American film schools in 2022, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University offers top-notch filmmaking courses in an intimate learning environment. Notable alumni include the Duffer brothers...

                                Also now features most helpful reviews:

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                                And admissions stats info now on main page as well with link to full stats:

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