UCLA MFA Directing/Production Fall 2022 (1 Viewer)

Chris W

Willem was robbed
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Here's the current acceptance data for the program from our database: (be sure to add your application when you submit)

UCLA TFT - Production/Directing (M.F.A.) Acceptance Rate
21%
Admitted
26  out of   122   Admitted
9%
Waitlisted
11  out of   122   Waitlisted
70%
Not Admitted
85  out of   122  Not Admitted


    They didn't accept any applications last year. Any idea what they've changed for this year? Good luck!!
     

    cheeeese3cake

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    Has anyone started working on their treatment yet? I read it from another thread that dialogues is out of the question (help writing film treatment MFA UCLA, NYU, etc) but what if my characters are talking to each other. Can I paraphrased the dialogue instead of writing it out (e.g. can I write character A asked character B to buy grocery instead of B: "Can you buy some milk please")
     
    Has anyone started working on their treatment yet? I read it from another thread that dialogues is out of the question (help writing film treatment MFA UCLA, NYU, etc) but what if my characters are talking to each other. Can I paraphrased the dialogue instead of writing it out (e.g. can I write character A asked character B to buy grocery instead of B: "Can you buy some milk please")
    Hey, in my opinion, I wouldn't even do that, to be on the safe side. If Character A is George and Character B is Alex, I would write:
    George looks to Alex and asks him to buy milk.
    That should suffice, and you'd run no risk of going outside the treatment format.
    Only my two cents. :)
     

    Chris W

    Willem was robbed
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    Treatment instructions attached... they have a deadline listed as Nov 1st for Screenwriting but no deadline listed yet for Production/Directing.

     

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    whoisTGW

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    Treatment instructions attached... they have a deadline listed as Nov 1st for Screenwriting but no deadline listed yet for Production/Directing.

    Yeah I'm honestly confused about UCLAs whole situation. Are they doing admissions for this year, or are they skipping like they did last year? It feels super last minute regardless.
     

    Chris W

    Willem was robbed
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    Yeah I'm honestly confused about UCLAs whole situation. Are they doing admissions for this year, or are they skipping like they did last year? It feels super last minute regardless.
    As far as I know they're doing admissions this year. We're going to try to reach out to them for an article but who knows if they will.
     

    cheeeese3cake

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    I've finally received a reply from them after almost two weeks🙄
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    Chris W

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    The program homepage has been updated! They will be taking in new applicants for next year. Requirements are still the same!
    Thanks for letting us know!

    Online and Mailed Application Deadline: November 1, 2021​

    Please complete all of the following steps:

    Step 1: Online

    • Complete the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.
      • MUST be paid and completed online by November 1, 2021.
      • Indicate MFA, Film and Television, Production/Directing as the program.
    • Upload the Statement of Purpose.
      • Submit a 1-2 page document.
    • Upload Short Film Treatment.
      • Submit a 1-3 page document.
      • For more information on writing a Short Film Treatment, Click Here.
    • Upload Unofficial copies of all Transcripts.
    • Submit Three Letters of Recommendation
      • Enter the Names and Emails of all recommenders into the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.
    Step 2: Mail

    • Mail an Official copy of all Transcripts from each Undergraduate and Graduate institutions attended.
      • Note: Community College transcripts are not necessary.
    • Request that all Test Scores be sent directly to UCLA.
      • Only test scores taken by December 31, 2021 will be accepted.
      • The GRE UCLA Code is 4837 and the Department Code is 2409.
      • Note: The GRE is not Required for MFA Applicants.
     

    Kai Luo

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    Can I submit a treatment of a film that has already been made? Will UCLA asks me to submit my short film during the later application process?
     

    Chris W

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    Can I submit a treatment of a film that has already been made? Will UCLA asks me to submit my short film during the later application process?
    I would think the intent is to have you submit a treatment for something that hasn't been made as that is what a treatment is. It's also always good to get your creative chops going.
     

    Jinna Dee

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    Does anyone know if it is okay to write a treatment not set in LA but somewhere else or even abroad? It said on the top of the document "How to Write a Treatment" that we are supposed to write a treatment for a short film that "might be produced during graduate residence at UCLA."
    (Btw I emailed them but haven't got any reply yet...)
     

    Chris W

    Willem was robbed
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    As long as it can be "produced during graduate residence at UCLA." by making UCLA seem like somewhere else I would think. That would still be following their guidelines.
     

    Kai Luo

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    Hey, in my opinion, I wouldn't even do that, to be on the safe side. If Character A is George and Character B is Alex, I would write:
    George looks to Alex and asks him to buy milk.
    That should suffice, and you'd run no risk of going outside the treatment format.
    Only my two cents. :)
    Hi. How about voice over? Do you think we can write voice over to explain some essesntial background?
     
    Hi. How about voice over? Do you think we can write voice over to explain some essesntial background?
    No. That's not what you do in a treatment. Do not use any script terminology in a treatment. That defeats the purpose of a treatment.
    A treatment is written like a novel. If you want to explain essential background, you need to do that through the story. Give a reason for this exposition to happen, through visuals, character action, character conversations, what have you. But you need to describe everything in prose. Do not use voiceover.
    Online there exists James Cameron's original treatment for Terminator. I suggest you reference that.
     
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