UCLA MFA Screenwriting 2020

phoangg

I write when I'm asleep, I dream when I'm awake.
Hi all, new here. I didn't see a thread for this yet so I made one! My name's Priscilla and I'm considering applying to UCLA's Screenwriting program for 2020.
I just finished undergrad at the University of San Francisco with a degree in English (creative writing).

Anyone else planning to apply? :)
 

Chris W

As You Wish
Staff member
Deadline in November 1st or at least it was last year. They haven't updated with the 2019 due date yet.

 

Chris W

As You Wish
Staff member
So which of the following are you planning on submitting?
  • Submit ONE of the following options in Script:
    • A FEATURE-LENGTH SCREENPLAY (90-130 page max).
    • First 60 pages of a FEATURE-LENGTH SCREENPLAY in progress.
    • One DRAMA PILOT and corresponding series bible (10-90 page max).
    • Two half-hour COMEDY/DRAMEDY scripts (each 40 page max).
  • Submit OPTIONAL CREATIVE WORK (10 page max).
    • Submit additional samples of prose (short fiction, novel in progress, etc).
    • DO NOT submit adaptations, spec episode scripts or co-written materials, these will NOT be reviewed.
 

IDEK

Jas
Hi Priscilla!

I'm applying as well! Working on a feature length script but will likely be just the first 60 pages. I'm also including a short story for the optional sample.
 

Kira

MFA TV Writer @UCLA
Yessss UCLA!

Be sure to ask whatever questions you may have :) Go bruins!!!
 

cnsmith0619

New Member
Hi Kira,

I plan on submitting a feature screenplay for my application but have been debating if I want to submit for the Creative Optional work section in the app. It gives examples but I’m thinking about submitting a series bible. My questions are:

1. Would the series bible work?
2. Did you submit any additional work in that section?
3. If so, do you think it helped you get accepted in UCLA?

Thanks! :)
 

caruss

New Member
Supporting Member
I'll be applying to UCLA! I'm submitting a one-hour pilot as my creative sample, along with a series bible. I've been collecting examples of bibles - it's a format I'm pretty psyched to get into. I don't think I'll be adding a sample to the "optional" section, though, which I hope doesn't hurt me. I'd be interested in talking to admissions folks about their television offerings.

@Kira, how are you feeling about UCLA as a TV writer?
 

Helltao

New Member
Hey everybody! I'm from Brazil, and I am applying for the first time. I can't believe there's only 2 weeks left :eek: Time is running too fast.
At first, my plan was to submit a full feature, but now I'm not sure I'll have the time to finish it properly. So I'm considering to send just the first 60 pages, as they are more polished and solid. But isn't that strange to accept both a full script and only 60 pages? It kind of feels as a disadvantage to submit half a script. What do you guys think? There is a good number of accepted students who sent only 60 pages?
For the supplemental writing sample, I'm going to submit a film treatment.
It's great having this forum to share and collaborate. Thanks and good look to us all!
 

Chris W

As You Wish
Staff member
It's great having this forum to share and collaborate. Thanks and good look to us all!
Welcome and good luck! Glad you like the site.
So I'm considering to send just the first 60 pages, as they are more polished and solid. But isn't that strange to accept both a full script and only 60 pages?
I think they want to see your best work. It's ok if it's not finished. You'd be going there to learn screenwriting after all so I don't think they're looking for perfection otherwise why would you need to go to school? They're looking for raw storytelling chops and promise in my opinion.
 

Helltao

New Member
Thanks for your insight, @Chris W! It makes total sense. I'm probably overthinking it out of insecurity hahah
I'll just try to give my best in these 60 pages. I'm always keeping an eye on this thread, always helpful. :D
 

j18

Member
Hi everyone! I have a question for the ones applying for the second time like me. In the frequently asked questions I've found this:

I have applied before and would like to use the same recommendations. In the Letter of Recommendation section you will have the option to import any of your previously submitted letters of recommendation.

I don't want to bother my recommenders, God knows how much easier my life would be if I could just import my previously submitted letters lol But I can't find this option anywhere :(

If you're reading this message and you know where's the magic button or something, please let me know and I'll love you forever <3
 

Kira

MFA TV Writer @UCLA
@Kira, how are you feeling about UCLA as a TV writer?
As a TV writer, UCLA is phenomenal! I learned so much and all of my favorite professors were from my TV drama workshops. 10/10 would recommend. Learned how to break story, write efficiently, give notes, TAKE NOTES, and met some wonderful and experienced professors. The more recent UCLA alumni are known for TV, including the creator of the one and only Pose!
 

mjweerts

Member
Just finished my application. To add to some of the discussion I see above, I'll say that I thought a lot about what to submit in the creative section, specifically in the optional submission. In the end I went with a full-length script, and no optional submission. I had some poems, and a short story, but I've been doing just screenwriting for so long that they both looked young to me, so I figured I'd just roll with the feature.

Good luck to everyone still working on their applications!
 

Chris W

As You Wish
Staff member
Absolutely, it's on there. I applied to four schools, and added them this afternoon. I think I did it all correctly, but if I didn't, please let me know. I'll make sure to update as I receive information, for future students.
Oh shoot you're right. :) Ha. And I already commented on it. Oh my I must be out of it today.

Looks great.

For sure update it as you hear things... That'd be a great help to others.
 

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