NYU Tisch MFA Filmmaking 2012

JKL

Member
Welcome Kaschko, I'm applying to NYU and Columbia in the same concentrations as well. I have all my recommendations, and have a final draft of a personal statement, but like you, I have yet to finish my creative materials (although I have some ideas).

As for your question, while I'm probably not qualified to answer, I think you should definitely have the actor write you a rec. After all, you guys worked together, and you want to be a director--an actor's testimony should be worth something in that respect.

I applied last year and got rejected everywhere. I think one of the problems was with my recommendation letters--they were from relatively established people (an Emmy Award winner, Sundance Fellow, etc.) who didn't know me too well. This time, I'm scaling everything back, and getting recs from personal mentors and a DP who worked with me on multiple projects.

Anyhow, best wishes with you.
 
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Hi JKL, nice to meet you!
That's a good point with the recommendation letters, I always thought I needed big names too but on the other hand most "big" people I know are not working in the US anyway so it's kinda unlikely that anyone at Tisch or Columbia would know them.
Good to know that this is obviously not even what they want, although I highly doubt that these letters have a big influence in your application. I still guess the film is number one, then the creative materials and after all your undergraduate marks and recommendations.
Hey, you said you get redommendations from a DP and mentors. But Tisch only wants 2 letters or am I mistaken here? Have to look up Columbia again, I think I remember that they want three letters and I haven't really thought of a third person yet...

Can I ask you about your personal statement? How long is yours and what did you write? I don't expect you to tell details but maybe you can pitch it for me?

Best wishes for you too. Maybe we'll meet up in NY next year, who knows.

Cheers.
 

Gimlet

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Hi guys
I m from Switzerland and i m also applying for the MFA FM 2012.
As most of you i m not finished with the written submissions. =)

I have a question about the visual submission. I worked and still work in the advertisement. so i mostly produced commercials and corporate stuff. What do you think, is it a bad idea to sent them my commercials and so on...?
Do i need a short film or something?

Gimlet
 
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Hi Gimlet,

I'm currently living in Switzerland too. Where exactly do you come from?
As for your question: Reading this forum I've seen a lot of people having the same problem as you. Once they asked the university someone replied saying that the only important thing for the visual submission is to show that you can tell a story.
Unfortunately I think commercials aren't the perfect thing here, but of course it's the blind leading the blind, I'm not part of the committee.
If you don't wanna focus on directing but on cinematography there might be a difference as well. But if you have a narrative short film I would definitly send that in with the TVCs.

Anyway: Good luck!
 

JKL

Member
Hey Kaschko,

I'm pretty sure Tisch requires 3 letters. As for my personal statement, I actually wrote something different for each film school. But what they all have in common is that I talk about my personal life. I'm sorry for being vague :) I'm a little protective about my materials and perhaps even a bit superstitious. But in any event, I hope we do meet up in NY next year, at least for the interviews! And I hope to keep posted on our journey to film school.

@Gimlet: All the film schools heavily emphasize story-telling, so unless your commercials are like short stories, I would avoid sending them. But anyway, a lot of the people who get accepted seem to submit photos, at least from what I've read on this forum so far.
 
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I'm pretty sure Tisch requires 3 letters.
So far I can't find that information anywhere.
If you apply online and click on recommendations it clearly says:

"Please list the identities of at least 2 people who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf."

And later:

"Please note that 3 letters of recommendation are required for the departments of Dramatic Writing, Cinema Studies and Performance Studies."

But it doesn't mention the MFA here.
I will contact the school and ask now. But so far it looks like 2 are enough and I read somewhere else not to send more than they ask for.
 

lzfx

Member
Originally posted by Gimlet:
Hi guys
I m from Switzerland and i m also applying for the MFA FM 2012.
As most of you i m not finished with the written submissions. =)

I have a question about the visual submission. I worked and still work in the advertisement. so i mostly produced commercials and corporate stuff. What do you think, is it a bad idea to sent them my commercials and so on...?
Do i need a short film or something?

Gimlet
i would agree with kaschko and suggest you avoid submitting your commercial reels. i've only done a little bit of video work, but they're all live (musical) performances. or, personal videos set to someone else's music. because of this, i'm choosing to submit photos for my application. i think most people here would agree: submitting 8-10 photos that collectively tell a story (or stories) is much stronger than submitting a reel of okay/only partially-relative stuff.

but, of course, i'm not on the committee and this is my first time applying, so what the hell do i know, right?
 

lzfx

Member
Originally posted by Kaschko:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I'm pretty sure Tisch requires 3 letters.
So far I can't find that information anywhere.
If you apply online and click on recommendations it clearly says:

"Please list the identities of at least 2 people who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf."

And later:

"Please note that 3 letters of recommendation are required for the departments of Dramatic Writing, Cinema Studies and Performance Studies."

But it doesn't mention the MFA here.
I will contact the school and ask now. But so far it looks like 2 are enough and I read somewhere else not to send more than they ask for. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

two is definitely enough. my friend applied last year (didn't get in, though) and she only needed two. and you're right, it says right in the online application that we only need two for our program (filmmaking).

kaschko, are you going for the directing/writing stream? i'm not sure if i want to do directing/writing or cinematography or editing, even. i sort of like it all. hmm. how much weight do you think your choice carries in the admissions process?
 
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Originally posted by lzfx:

kaschko, are you going for the directing/writing stream? i'm not sure if i want to do directing/writing or cinematography or editing, even. i sort of like it all. hmm. how much weight do you think your choice carries in the admissions process?
I'm pretty much focused on the directing/writing focus, however, I am absolutely sure it doesn't affect your application if you're not sure yet. You should just write that down in your personal statement. Guess they'll like it if you say you need Tisch to try everything out a little more and find your way.
 

lzfx

Member
ah, okay. thanks! how far are you in your application now? i'm sending mine from korea, but i have yet to even start on any of the written submissions (three from the creative portfolio PLUS i still have to write my personal statement). how are you mailing your application / how much time are you giving it to actually get there?
 

PPK

Member
Hey, I'm an international applicant from India. Applying for MFA Film in Directing.

My recommendations are done, drafts for personal statement are done as well. Just getting everything in order.

Do you guys have like a checklist for everything that has to be sent in?
 

lzfx

Member
Originally posted by PPK:
Hey, I'm an international applicant from India. Applying for MFA Film in Directing.

My recommendations are done, drafts for personal statement are done as well. Just getting everything in order.

Do you guys have like a checklist for everything that has to be sent in?
this is all the stuff you need (off the top of my head):

1. resume (upload to online application)
2. personal statement (upload to online application)
3. two letters of recommendation (recommenders upload them online themselves)
4. transcript (upload to online application)
5. visual submission (DVD of video work -OR- CD/prints of photography, all 8 x 10.)
6. silent film
7. two-person dialogue scene
8. concept for feature-length film/doc
9. passport-sized photo (stapled to #10)
10. creative contents guide sheet

you have to describe your visual submission on the creative contents guide sheet, so be sure to print that off and fill it in.

also! don't forget to write your name and date of birth on everything you are submitting. so, if you're submitting photos, i'm assuming you need to write your name and date of birth on the backs of each photo, even if they're backed on something else or part of an album.

it must be nice to almost be done, PPK! the things i still need to do are:

1. personal statement (2-5 pages, i believe?)
2. silent film
3. dialogue
4. concept for feature

in other words: i'm screwed. ha.
 

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PPK

Member
Originally posted by lzfx:

it must be nice to almost be done, PPK! the things i still need to do are:

1. personal statement (2-5 pages, i believe?)
2. silent film
3. dialogue
4. concept for feature

in other words: i'm screwed. ha.
@lzfx

I still have to do the silent film, dialogue and concept for feature. Just done with the Personal statement.

So not in that great a shape as of now, wish I could turn the clock back a month.
 

lzfx

Member
Originally posted by PPK:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by lzfx:

it must be nice to almost be done, PPK! the things i still need to do are:

1. personal statement (2-5 pages, i believe?)
2. silent film
3. dialogue
4. concept for feature

in other words: i'm screwed. ha.
@lzfx

I still have to do the silent film, dialogue and concept for feature. Just done with the Personal statement.

So not in that great a shape as of now, wish I could turn the clock back a month. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

eeeeeee! i wish i could turn the clock back a month, too. though, a month ago i wasn't 100% set on applying to film school. hmm.

good luck!! fingers crossed we get our applications in on time and get in!
 

vendimia

Member
Hello everyone! I'm also applying to NYU and Columbia's MFA. I'm from Chile and today I sent the portfolio.

Now I'm working on my Personal Statement, but I don´t know the length it should have, so that's slowing me a bit jaja.

@lzfx: You're not screwed, just think of the ideas for the writing submission and it will be easy. The problem is the time for portfolio to arrive to destiny, so I would recommend you to calculate that. I my case was 4-5 days.
 

lzfx

Member
@vendimia: yeah, i should be okay. i looked online for fedex options and it seems i could have it there in three business days. i plan on sending in my creative portfolio on monday (21st), so it should get there with a couple days to spare. what were the items you submitted for your creative portfolio? just want to make sure i don't accidentally leave anything out!!
 

vendimia

Member
@lzfx: Sure. I sent:
- 10 printed photos (from a storyboard I worked on)
- a CD with the photos (I almost forgot this one xD)
- Sinopsis for a 4 minute silent film.
- Two minutes dialogue.
- Concept for a feature film.
- Passport size picture.
- Creative Portfolio contents Guide.

That's it!
 

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