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Advice Stonybrook MFA in TV Writing Question

JasperJohns

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Does anyone know about Stonybrook's MFA in TV Writing program? Just, generally speaking...? More specifically, to what degree do the women at Killer Films participate in the writers' educations and career advancement? There are reviews on this site, but, to be blunt, they read like they were written by extremely loyal students at the request of school administrators. The program isn't nationally ranked, yet, as it's so new and unknown. It's affordable, which is awesome, but is the school getting results? Are graduates working in the industry? Is it still too early to know these things?

The deadline is January 7th, which, now that it's a new year (HAPPY NEW YEAR ONE AND ALL!) is only 6.5 days away. They require an odd, 3-minute-long video submission, which the school's site purports is very important. They said, "This is one of the more important elements to your application." (Bolding is the school's, not mine). Personally, I find this to be rather frustrating. It might just be my personal taste, but I would prefer to write another essay or scene for a school, rather than record a @#%$! video essay, edit it, and the myriad of other skills far outside my ken as a writer. We're applying for a writing program, not a directing or film editing or sound design one. But I am trying not to let me personal feelings and obvious annoyance about the video requirement cloud the possibility of attending what could be an awesome program. Thoughts?
 
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Chris W

Willem was robbed
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You're right that is a strange request for a writing program.

In our application database I don't see anyone attending for Screenwriting but @gokuladharshan is there for Directing. Maybe they can provide some insight though.
 

gokuladharshan

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I personally don't know about the requirements so I asked my friend who's in the tv writing program and here's what she said,
"My answer to the question about the video would be that they're not really looking for anything perfect or a masterpiece, they just wanna see who you are. Who they're admitting to the program. But I agree it's kinda strange. But it is film school after all"

DM if you have any questions! Happy to help!
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
I personally don't know about the requirements so I asked my friend who's in the tv writing program and here's what she said,
"My answer to the question about the video would be that they're not really looking for anything perfect or a masterpiece, they just wanna see who you are. Who they're admitting to the program. But I agree it's kinda strange. But it is film school after all"

DM if you have any questions! Happy to help!
Thank you!
 

JasperJohns

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I really appreciate this. I have come down with f*cking COVID, so I was outta commission allllll weekend. And am only moderately functional at moment. Just wanted to say that I greatly appreciate you getting info and ask you to thank your friend, too. Once I can actually see straight, I hope to reach out to her myself, if poss. I think I will be okay from this, but... I am levelled right now. Sickest I have ever been. I did everythung right. Wore a mask. Stayed indoors. Ugh. WEAR YOUR MASKS!! 🥴🤕🤒😷
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
Sickest I have ever been. I did everythung right. Wore a mask. Stayed indoors. Ugh. WEAR YOUR MASKS!! 🥴🤕🤒😷
Oh no! Was it someone on your "bubble" that got it and maybe unknowingly passed it to you? Stay hydrated, get some rest, and take care of yourself! One of my friends has it too now. :( I hope you get better soon!
 

JasperJohns

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Okay. I am back up and at 'em. It was a rough friggin week. But I can see straight and think again. Covid sucks! To answer your question, Chris, W, I gots no idea how I came down with it. I work remotely, have food delivered, see no one. Eek!
 

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