NFTS 2015

Hi all,

I thought it would be nice if we started a new thread to NFTS applications next year, since the 2014 one is no longer necessary. We can discuss about showreels, applications, experiences... Whatever makes the journey easier!

I'm planning to apply for Directing Fiction and also Cinematography
 

Talcott

New Member
Hi all,

I thought it would be nice if we started a new thread to NFTS applications next year, since the 2014 one is no longer necessary. We can discuss about showreels, applications, experiences... Whatever makes the journey easier!

I'm planning to apply for Directing Fiction and also Cinematography
That's great. What are you submitting as a showreel, if you don't mind sharing?
 
Well, for my Directing application I'm preparing a film, still finishing the script. For the Cinematography one, I'll prepare the Reel once I'd finished my short film, so I can include it to my previous works: some short films, two videoclips, etc
 

jshergonz

New Member
Hey there! I'm considering applying to NFTS for Directing Fiction in 2015. and I have a lot of ideas and visions that I want to realise that would benefit from a film school education and really create an incredible work environment in the industry as a director. That being said, the filmmaking bug hit me late on during my undergraduate degree (Modern Languages!) and now I'm near graduation, I want to apply myself fully to make myself as a director in the real world (and not just in my head!).

NFTS is just so appealing but seems a pipe dream to someone like me. I'm worried that my lack of experience with professionals might let down my app. So my question to you guys if how important do you think experience is in regards to my chances of getting in? Should I wait out a year?
 

Perks

New Member
Hi guys,

I definitely want to apply for the Cinematography MA but am trying to decide whether I want to wait a year or two. (Just graduating from Film and TV Prod at York)

So my question to you guys if how important do you think experience is in regards to my chances of getting in? Should I wait out a year?
I've done a lot of research, talked to tutors, current students etc and even reading the website, what it appears to boil down to is attitude, commitment, teamwork and that you do have untapped vision/talent that can be brought to the fore through the course. I went to an open day and they said (in regards to cine) they weren't looking for fully fledged DoP's, they wanted people who had the drive and talent so that they could mould them.

I'd suggest heading to one of the upcoming course specific open days, ask some questions, see if you think you're ready. Also something to note is most people get in the 2nd time they apply. Hope this helps!
 
Hey, do any of you know if the application must be paid? I mean, I never read anything about that so I assumed it was free, but the other day I was making some research and read something about 60 pounds... Can anyone confirm that?
 

Haseeb junaid

New Member
Hi there, I am a management student. I am planning to get to into Film Making, i just wanted to know if there is any prior experience required to get admission in a diploma course of film making. Please help me. Thanks and regards
 
I'm going to apply for their editing course. I've got almost everything ready, all that needs to be finished is the montage.
I know firsthand it's going to be a bit of an uphill battle, as I haven't finished my degree in my last film school, but I may be on the ball rolling towards finishing that up in the summer.

Does anybody know if
a. They accept copy-written footage for the montage and/or
b. If they accept previous class exercises in the DVD?
 

Radi

Member
Finally... I was waiting for moths for someone to open the topic for this year.

Hello film makers : )
I am applying at NFTS this year as well. I have my undergrad done in January... it's in engineering but for the past three-four years I have been working on movies and storytelling. Right now it's crazy - I am kinda broke and running around getting shots and scene for my portfolio. I am looking to apply for MA Cinematography and Directing fiction.

From the school told me that the deadline for Cinematography is 7th of May... does someone know what is the deadline for Directing fiction?
Also to ask again - if you apply twice, does that mean you have to pay two submission fees?
 
It looks like all their MA deadlines are May 7. Including directing fiction. That's what it says on their site.

As for the 2nd question, it's probably best to ask their registrar. They got all my questions here answered pretty well, so if you have any questions, especially regarding application, they'll have a pretty good idea where to steer you.
 
On a side note, this is what I'm submitting as my montage.

 

CASPAR

New Member
On a side note, this is what I'm submitting as my montage.

Looks really professional. Hard to tell if it's a good montage, though. Cos I'm more used to looking at it from a director's point of view.
 

CASPAR

New Member
Hi there, I'm going to apply for NFTS, MA Directing Fiction. Part of the entry requirements is to apply with a treatment of an original film. It's stated on their website that the treatment should include (1) the basic situation and (2) the characters and other elements as well as (3) the main thrust of the story as it changes from beginning, through middle, to end. However, mine looks more of a script now.

Anyone, any advice on how to go about elements 1 and 2?

Thanks!
 
Looks really professional. Hard to tell if it's a good montage, though. Cos I'm more used to looking at it from a director's point of view.
Thanks. I looked at a couple other entries that got in, and I'd noticed that they said if you didn't have access to an NLE, then to have photos and put them together in a story. While I used Premiere to cut that, That story part is what I was focusing on. I've sent all my materials, so I can't make any more changes. What you see is at picture lock.

Curious though, what would you, as a director, consider as a good montage? What criteria do you look for?

As for your questions, the one answer hitting me over the head is to have some sort of main conflict, and resolution to that conflict. Give the people a reason why that story needs to be told and received. That's really all I'm thinking of.
 
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Okay, I had one other suggestion. Look at your characters and how they are right now, and even if it's a 2-minute piece, give them some sort of development. Let the situation impact their thoughts and actions, and give them consequences, where they apply. And also let those characters respond to said consequences.
 

Radi

Member
Well I don't really understand what they want with all that either. I have a few scripts that are done and waiting on shelves so I wrote a treatment of one of them. But I am a little afraid to submit it cause it's not your original story. I don't really have a hero in the story. Or with other words - my hero is the villain. And there is no real resolution to his deeps, it's just a circle that he keeps repeating. I think it came a nice treatment. Did somebody submit to directing fiction yet? I will send next week
 
Sent my materials in a little over a week ago. Got the message this morning that the school now has it.

And now, it's time to wait.
 

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