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USC MFA Writing for Screen & Television (Screenwriting) 2021

Chris W

Willem was robbed
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Does anyone know if the Autobiographical Sketch, Challenge Essay, and writing sample are supposed to be single-spaced or double-spaced? Either way it kind of changes everything haha. My essays are single-spaced, but my writing sample is in manuscript format so it's double :p

For my Autobiographical Sketch and Challenge Essay I did single space, and then my writing sample was in script format! I hope that helps!
This was discussed here as well if you want to weigh in on that thread too. :)

 

CampbellSoup

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Hey everyone! Its my first time applying to USC, and I finished my slideroom application but it still says my program materials has 0/1 complete. Does anyone know why this might be?

EDIT: Nevermind
 
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harrietb

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Does anyone know if the Autobiographical Sketch, Challenge Essay, and writing sample are supposed to be single-spaced or double-spaced? Either way it kind of changes everything haha. My essays are single-spaced, but my writing sample is in manuscript format so it's double :p
Hey! I've been following this girls youtube channel, and she talks about how she got into USC Screenwriting. She listed her supplements, and from the looks of her stuff, she did 1.15 spacing and 12 point font for her sketch and challenging moment. She got into the program, so I think I'm gonna follow her advice haha. Heres a link to her website! my-usc-writing-sample
 
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Chris W

Willem was robbed
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Hey! I've been following this girls youtube channel, and she talks about how she got into USC Screenwriting. She listed her supplements, and from the looks of her stuff she did 1.5 spacing and 11 point font for her sketch and challenging moment. She got into the program, so I think I'm gonna follow her advice haha. Heres a link to her website! my-usc-writing-sample
Can you post that in this thread below too

 

alek

New Member
Hey everyone! Its my first time applying to USC, and I finished my slideroom application but it still says my program materials has 0/1 complete. Does anyone know why this might be?

EDIT: Nevermind
I'm still having this issue, despite logging out and back in multiple times and trying multiple browsers. What did you end up doing to fix it?
 

wuzpoppin

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Does anyone know how important the "Supporting Information" part of the USC Graduate Application is? I'm leaning towards not filling it out, mostly because I forgot about it hehe

edit: very dumb question on my part after I read through everything D:
 
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CampbellSoup

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I'm still having this issue, despite logging out and back in multiple times and trying multiple browsers. What did you end up doing to fix it?
Hi! On the graduate admissions page where it says 0/1 I clicked on that, then clicked on the tab that says Slideroom, then there was a link at the bottom to "go to slideroom" where I logged in and that connected it. Hope that helps!
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
Hi! On the graduate admissions page where it says 0/1 I clicked on that, then clicked on the tab that says Slideroom, then there was a link at the bottom to "go to slideroom" where I logged in and that connected it. Hope that helps!
We should probably start a slideroom tips thread at this point if anyone want to start one. :)

Probably best in the application questions forum.
 

thespian

MFA Applicant
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First time applicant!

In a sense, I'm glad that I didn't apply a year ago as a college senior because I would have entered into a virtual learning experience had I gotten in. But now I'm beginning to wonder if virtual might still be the name of the game in Fall 2021. What are y'all's thoughts?

I ended up completely rewriting my ACS last night after getting some feedback from my sister, but somehow I feel like it's my strongest sample. On the other hand, I wish I could burn my MCM in a fire.
 
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llueve

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First-time applicant here too! Applying to USC, UT Austin, Chapman, and AFI.

But now I'm beginning to wonder if virtual might still be the name of the game in Fall 2021. What are y'all's thoughts?

I was at a UT Austin Zoom a couple weeks ago and they said they're not sure yet what will be possible next year. So I think sadly, yeah, virtual may still be happening in the Fall.

As for my materials, I like the double scene prompts USC has and feel pretty good about them! My "A" scene is straight-forward, so I let my "B" scene be a little more, um, whimsical? Basically, straight drama for A, action sci-fi for B.
My original 10pg sample is my least favorite, to be honest.

And the surprise essays and *surprise extra scene prompt* for students who want to be considered for financial aid were not fun surprises! Putting finishing touches on those today...

Best of luck, everyone!
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
Todays the day! (midnight deadline) How many still haven't gotten their applications in?

***VERY IMPORTANT*** DO NOT WAIT UNTIL LAST MINUTE!


There's been many cases over the years where people wait until the last minute and theirs a technical issue and they miss the deadline.

Don't let that be you!!!!
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
With today being the deadline, I just want to take a moment to say good luck to everyone that applied!!! Hopefully we'll all be back here sharing good news in a few months :) the waiting is definitely about to be the hardest part.
Yes. Good luck everyone! Be sure to update your applications on our tracker if you haven't already.

But in the meantime....

So It Begins Lord Of The Rings GIF
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
Our very own @Septopus7 just wrote an amazing article on what he learned applying and getting into USC and AFI... Check it out!

After Three Years of Rejection, I Got Into The Two Best Film Schools in The World. Here Are The Five Things I Learned...

After Three Years of Rejection, I Got Into The Two Best Film Schools in The World. Here Are The Five Things I Learned...

So...you’re applying for film school, huh? I mean, that’s just my assumption. Not sure why you would bother reading this otherwise, especially with where we are currently in The Cycle of Applications. These next couple weeks are pretty much when all the major film school programs have their...
 

theMorrigan

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Hey fellow applicants! Sorry to start the thread and disappear. In addition to revising my application materials, I had a back injury a week before the deadline. Made the last few days before submission interesting, to say the least!

In between the pain management and physical therapy, I'm working on my AFI and LMU applications. But I wanted to post here to say: Congrats to all who got their applications in and best of luck!
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
Our very own @Septopus7 just wrote an amazing article on what he learned applying and getting into USC and AFI... Check it out!

After Three Years of Rejection, I Got Into The Two Best Film Schools in The World. Here Are The Five Things I Learned...

After Three Years of Rejection, I Got Into The Two Best Film Schools in The World. Here Are The Five Things I Learned...

So...you’re applying for film school, huh? I mean, that’s just my assumption. Not sure why you would bother reading this otherwise, especially with where we are currently in The Cycle of Applications. These next couple weeks are pretty much when all the major film school programs have their...
And now he did an AMA:


 

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