LMU "Writing for the Screen" MFA Fall 2020

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Jas
Hi!

I'm applying for Loyola Marymount University's film writing MFA program for Fall 2020.

Which prompt are you doing?

At the beginning or end of the scene, a hand holds a knife.
A character has to say goodbye to a friend without actually saying they are leaving and won't be back.
A lovers' quarrel where something gets broken.
An animal plays a key role.
The first line of dialogue is: "That's the guy, right there."

And which sample are you including?

One feature-length screenplay or teleplay (half-hour or one-hour; spec or pilot).
The second sample may be a feature-length screenplay or teleplay (half-hour or one-hour; spec or pilot), although we recommend you submit a short story or a one-act play.

The video prompt is kind of stressing me out. I kind of want to look through the forums for tips. But I think I'm just gonna do it and not risk overthinking it.

Anyone else applying?
 

laurend17

New Member
Hi! I'll also be applying for the first time this year. I'm doing the "A character has to say goodbye to a friend without actually saying they are leaving" prompt, and I'll be including a pilot as a sample. I'm definitely stressed about the video prompt too! I think just giving it a shot and not overthinking it is the best plan. I know I always get caught up in trying to make everything look and sound perfect, but I don't think that's what they want, since it's unscripted. Good luck with all your materials!
 

j18

Member
Hi guys! Do you know if the second writing sample is mandatory? Are you sending two writing samples? I'm so nervous thinking that my second sample is not good enough :(
 

hivictoria

New Member
I was also wondering about the second writing sample. Since it says "may be a feature-length screenplay or teleplay (half-hour or one-hour; spec or pilot) although we recommend you submit a short story or a one-act play" does that mean you only have those options? Can you submit a short film in screenplay format for example?
 

j18

Member
I was also wondering about the second writing sample. Since it says "may be a feature-length screenplay or teleplay (half-hour or one-hour; spec or pilot) although we recommend you submit a short story or a one-act play" does that mean you only have those options? Can you submit a short film in screenplay format for example?
I sent them an email, and I'm uploading a show bible as my second writing sample. I think they're flexible about it, but ask them just to be sure 💜
 
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