ALFQin

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Was wondering the same thing. Last year they notified last week. Thinking with the transition to the new admission platform, things go delayed. Looking at the spreadsheets, it has skewed later in Feb.
Well, have u ever seen any threads about Directing? I didnt find anyone else applied for the same program...hope we all get results in this weeeeeeko_O
 
I'm also still waiting to hear back about interviews for the Production/Directing program. Looks like we don't have a separate thread for our cohort. Does anybody know if interviews are required? Does anyone get in without being interviewed?
 

Anja

Member
I just wanted to make sure that they do actually contact you via email right?
Thanks! :)
 

Kira

MFA TV Writer @UCLA
I just wanted to make sure that they do actually contact you via email right?
Thanks! :)
That was my experience last year
 

Anja

Member
@Kira Thank you! I just wanted to make sure :confused::)
 

DamienA

Member
Hi! Has anyone heard back from UCLA's Screenwriting MFA yet (2018)?

Just wondering if anyone has already been selected for an interview.

If selected, when do you guys think we can expect to hear from them? I know it varies from year to year, just wondering if interviews have already started.
 
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DamienA

Member
Hi! Has anyone heard back from UCLA's Screenwriting MFA yet (2018)?

Just wondering if anyone has already been selected for an interview.

If selected, when do you guys think we can expect to hear from them? I know it varies from year to year, just wondering if interviews have already started.
 
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That sounds great @DamienA, congrats!

Though your mention of him having interviewed 80-ish people makes me think my only chances are if there's such a thing as a "interview these if our first choices didn't do well".

But I am glad you did great! Congratulations again.
 

Anon

USC - Applied UCLA - Applied w/ Interview
I had an interview in LA and the woman interviewing me was acted causal and was very informative. She asked me questions and then spent a little bit talking about the program. She didn't tell me if I was doing good or bad in the interview, but it was super casual and I felt comfortable. To everyone else interviewing, be yourself and don't worry :)
 

DamienA

Member
Hi! Has anyone heard back from UCLA's Screenwriting MFA yet (2018)?

Just wondering if anyone has already been selected for an interview.

If selected, when do you guys think we can expect to hear from them? I know it varies from year to year, just wondering if interviews have already started.
 
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DamienA

Member
Hi! Has anyone heard back from UCLA's Screenwriting MFA yet (2018)?

Just wondering if anyone has already been selected for an interview.

If selected, when do you guys think we can expect to hear from them? I know it varies from year to year, just wondering if interviews have already started.
 
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Kira

MFA TV Writer @UCLA
There seems to be some miscommunication or misunderstanding floating around, as Anon's post seemed pretty harmless to me. Anon was merely expressing their experience to the UCLA MFA Screenwriting thread.

As a current MFA in screenwriting student at UCLA, my peers and I discussed our interviews at length with one another. There were a wide range of experiences and various professors who conducted the interview. Only a few were interviewed by Richard.

There were only one or two shining interviews, saying they would be surprised if the student wasn't accepted. A student said that the professor said that the year before and was rejected, but accepted the 2nd time around. Many interviews went so-so, with the student seeing it could go either way. One friend was interviewed by Richard, thought it went horribly and cried afterward, and was accepted.

There is a lot of room for variety regarding the interview. No need in trying to poke holes in another's story - everyone's experience is different.

Good luck! I know the waiting game can be hard. I found it best to focus my energies on writing another script and prepping a new one. Once you are in the program, you'll wish for more time!
 

Anon

USC - Applied UCLA - Applied w/ Interview
TLDR: "Anon" has either lied about her interview or misrepresented her perspective as a means to contrast mine. Below is the proof.

This person's line "She didn't tell me if I was doing good or bad in the interview, but it was super casual and I felt comfortable" comes across to me as "Yeah, doubtful this happened because my interviewer didn't do so." I'd like to point out that Anon interviewed on the 13th according to her first post which reads "My interview is on the 13th and I am feeling pretty nervous! Does anyone know what the odds are of getting in once you've been accepted for an interview?" found here: UCLA MFA Screenwriting 2018 (Fall 2018) or better yet here: Anon 13th
"Anon" has also related that the interview was "in LA" according to her second post.



Yet, according to the schedule sheet, this is a physical impossibility/misrepresentation of this person's perspective as the 13th was a Skype only interview which I will post the image of here: 13th

So either "Anon" is lying/related information incorrectly/is not from the Screenwriting program (as 13th interviews were only on Skype to begin with) OR "Anon" interviewed via Skype and did NOT go in person in LA as otherwise stated. I've posted my interview letter, and in previous posts I've cited time stamps (one actually in direct response to "Anon") on two videos of where Richard talks about anything from what he wants to see in the interview to what the acceptance rate is like (according to him). So you can take this person's perspective and my perspective and decide which one to believe.

At worst Anon has lied about her interview on some level as the 13th only had one interview available and it was on SKYPE so "an interview in LA" would seem strange? At best Anon had simply sugarcoated the fact that the interview wasn't in person which presents the scenarios 1) It may have been a different energy altogether and 2) Someone other than the main interviewer may be responsible for giving the Skype interviews out (and my evidence is for... the main interviewer?... not the SKYPE interviewer?...).

As tall of a tale as my story sounds, at least I have cited my interview letter/time stamps of where Richard talks about the interview/scheduler image of the interviews on the 13th NOT BEING IN PERSON for Screenwriting.

Best of luck to you however, "Anon", and I will await your response if this is all a mistake. Again guys, I know my posts sound douchebaggy but: I want everyone who has taken the time to comb through these boards to get as much accurate information as possible as I've suffered over these boards with you for the last 5 months. Forgive my douchebagginess, but everything I have presented I've backed up and cited. I would like everyone who wants the information to get in and that's why I'm glad to get the accurate information out there to whoever wants it.

I would gladly take a debate to the style I have presented, but I don't think it is wise for anyone to take a perspective from someone who has either lied outright about being interviewed or misrepresented themselves (i.e. person says they interviewed "in LA" on the "13th", yet based upon the scheduler the 13th was only for SKYPE, which would invalidate a lot of this person's perspective in contrast to mine).
My interview was the 12th, sorry I got the date wrong. I wasn't trying to invalidate you at all. My interview just went really differently and I wanted people to know that so they wouldn't feel stressed or overwhelmed. I found the questions that were posted on here to be really helpful, and I was just trying to contribute what I could. I'm sure someone found your post helpful as well, but now at least they know there's different ways the interview process could go.
 

DamienA

Member
Hi! Has anyone heard back from UCLA's Screenwriting MFA yet (2018)?

Just wondering if anyone has already been selected for an interview.

If selected, when do you guys think we can expect to hear from them? I know it varies from year to year, just wondering if interviews have already started.
 
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DamienA

Member
Hi! Has anyone heard back from UCLA's Screenwriting MFA yet (2018)?

Just wondering if anyone has already been selected for an interview.

If selected, when do you guys think we can expect to hear from them? I know it varies from year to year, just wondering if interviews have already started.
 
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KTrent2

New Member
Hi everyone,
Just wanted to share my own experience with the UCLA interview as well as there is no "one right way" to interview and I'm sure every single person who had an interview came out of it with a different perspective. I know a few people in the program now and I was able to have discussions with them prior to my own interview, and just as Kira said above, there is a wide range of experiences. Main point that was hammered over and over again though was this: be yourself. I want to share what happened when I went in for mine so that people can get another POV:

Mine was on Feb 12 (like Anon). The interviewer was the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the film Carol, Phyllis Nagy. It was an extremely casual, laid-back conversation. She asked the usual questions like "Why the MFA? Why UCLA? Feature or TV? What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?" but we also talked about other things like our common interest in horror film/shows. I asked her quite a bit about "genre writing" and themes, and then we touched on what to expect in the UCLA 434 style workshops. At the end, she asked if I wanted her to add anything to my application that I felt was left out or that I forgot and I said "I don't think so," to which she replied, "Yeah you're good." I spent about 25-30 min in there and came out of it feeling like I had a good personal, 1:1, human-to-human conversation with her and if I get accepted on top of that, then great. Like Anon, Phyllis never mentioned anything about my chances of getting into the program. In fact, she didn't mention anything about interview numbers or how I did or how our interview went, which DamienA got. This only tells me that there are many different types of conversations depending on you, the interviewer, and probably your application and/or writing materials. Again, this is not meant to invalidate anybody else's experience; I just wanted to share mine as well so that other people in the future can draw what they will about it. I'm happy to answer any questions if you have any. Good luck to everyone out there :)
 

DamienA

Member
Hi! Has anyone heard back from UCLA's Screenwriting MFA yet (2018)?

Just wondering if anyone has already been selected for an interview.

If selected, when do you guys think we can expect to hear from them? I know it varies from year to year, just wondering if interviews have already started.
 
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