USC School of Cinematic Arts Film & TV Production Spring 2020

Edouard, or anyone else (e..g, an accepted student) who might know the answer to this: would you consider it a bad idea to choose for your writing sample to submit a 2-page short film treatment that also happens to be the treatment for the short film you submit as your video option?

thanks in advance
 

Edouard N

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Edouard, or anyone else (e..g, an accepted student) who might know the answer to this: would you consider it a bad idea to choose for your writing sample to submit a 2-page short film treatment that also happens to be the treatment for the short film you submit as your video option?

thanks in advance
I would recommend against doing this, to be honest. In my opinion, every application material you submit should provide the reviewing committee with more information about you as a filmmaker. The more data points you can produce that show how creative you are, and prove that you know how to tell a story, the better. Plus, using a different writing sample can allow you to correct for any insecurities you have about the rest of your application material. For example, I felt insecure that my video option came across a tad juvenile, so, in my project questions, I really laid it on thick about how structured/organized I am, with a very professional format and tone.

In a nutshell, your application portfolio is exactly that—a portfolio. And the common wisdom for any successful portfolio is: diversify!
 
I would recommend against doing this, to be honest. In my opinion, every application material you submit should provide the reviewing committee with more information about you as a filmmaker. The more data points you can produce that show how creative you are, and prove that you know how to tell a story, the better. Plus, using a different writing sample can allow you to correct for any insecurities you have about the rest of your application material. For example, I felt insecure that my video option came across a tad juvenile, so, in my project questions, I really laid it on thick about how structured/organized I am, with a very professional format and tone.

In a nutshell, your application portfolio is exactly that—a portfolio. And the common wisdom for any successful portfolio is: diversify!
thanks, Edouard!
 

Sopheeeyah

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I'd be happy to help :) USC faculty members often say the personal statement is the most important application material, so it's important to get this one right. Please shoot me a DM if you want some direct feedback on your statement. If you have more general question, feel free to just ask it here on the forum. All the best!
Hello Edouard,

Congratulations to you. I would be sending you a DM asap.
 

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Lou
 
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