USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA Screenwriting Fall 2020

Write2Eat

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Can someone check my understanding on submitting my transcript?

I'm understanding it as:

I can submit the official PDF from my undergrad (Tennessee), but need to also send a hard physical copy?

This feels like it should be the easy part of this application and yet this is where I'm scratching my head. Blame it on stress (and a recent concussion - excellent time to smack my head with a barbell).
Yep, that's it.
 

theMorrigan

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Hi! Joining this thread because I've just submitted my application. A bit later than I wanted... but for a great reason! A short script I wrote in my final semester of undergrad was chosen for the senior thesis projects for this semester. We just wrapped principal photography on Monday, with (some) SAG actors attached.

Adding to the transcripts question: it looked to me like the physical copies could also be sent via e-transcripts to the email address provided. I hope so, anyway, as that's what I did. But now I'm thinking I should verify that tomorrow morning?
 

sarahkwUT

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Hi! Joining this thread because I've just submitted my application. A bit later than I wanted... but for a great reason! A short script I wrote in my final semester of undergrad was chosen for the senior thesis projects for this semester. We just wrapped principal photography on Monday, with (some) SAG actors attached.

Adding to the transcripts question: it looked to me like the physical copies could also be sent via e-transcripts to the email address provided. I hope so, anyway, as that's what I did. But now I'm thinking I should verify that tomorrow morning?
You're still a head of me! I'll be submitting mine tonight or tomorrow, at the latest. I can only edit for so long before I have to just turn it over.

I sent my transcript via electronic submission as well. I actually woke up to confirmation that it had been accepted. My undergrad didn't give an option for USC to receive hard copies for grad admissions. On the flip side, it only showed hard copies for LMU, and they wanted two. I'm having to send my community college transcript myself. They finally got to me yesterday, so I'm mailing it today. Incredibly annoying system there - the person that handles the transcripts there happens to have been my neighbor for several years before I moved to NC, so she did at least rush them to me. Benefits of a small town?
 

KatieeveD

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How we all doing?? TWO DAYS!!

I think I've done everything???? Just need to go through, check I haven't made any stupid spelling mistakes and then click the submit button (lets not talk about that $130 rent money I'll be sending with it).

I'm just having so many last minute doubts about whether or not what I've written is actually GOOD yknow? I suddenly thought of something I could've done for Challenge A and now am skitzing out about whether I should've scrapped the whole thing and started again. I've decided that this would NOT be a good call. GOD I'M SCARED.
 

j18

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Guys, I have a question. Can I include a title page with my name and the name of my script? Does the title page count as an extra page? I really want to include a title page in my scripts, but I don't know if I can :eek:
 

studio54

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Guys, I have a question. Can I include a title page with my name and the name of my script? Does the title page count as an extra page? I really want to include a title page in my scripts, but I don't know if I can :eek:
Hi! I did, and I noticed a few of the examples I looked through from previous years did as well. I don't know if that's technically right, but I would think it's not a make-or-break issue.
 

A_J

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How we all doing?? TWO DAYS!!

I think I've done everything???? Just need to go through, check I haven't made any stupid spelling mistakes and then click the submit button (lets not talk about that $130 rent money I'll be sending with it).

I'm just having so many last minute doubts about whether or not what I've written is actually GOOD yknow? I suddenly thought of something I could've done for Challenge A and now am skitzing out about whether I should've scrapped the whole thing and started again. I've decided that this would NOT be a good call. GOD I'M SCARED.
I always have the same feeling, but I think that's how you know you're a writer - when you think all of your own writing is bad. I'm sure it's all much better than you think it is!
 

Write2Eat

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I always have the same feeling, but I think that's how you know you're a writer - when you think all of your own writing is bad. I'm sure it's all much better than you think it is!
I know I panicked last night thinking WHY DID I SUBMIT SO EARLY EVERYTHING SUCKS AND I CAN’T FIX IT NOW
 

A_J

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Guys, I have a question. Can I include a title page with my name and the name of my script? Does the title page count as an extra page? I really want to include a title page in my scripts, but I don't know if I can :eek:
Like studio, I too included a title page. I wrote on it the title of the screenplay, which prompt/sample it corresponded to, my name, and my email address for good measure. I'm fairly certain this will not count in the page limit as I too noticed examples from previous years had done the same.
 
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Chris W

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WHY DID I SUBMIT SO EARLY
Well you had to eat? ;)

You're fine. I think Obama had a quote that was something like things are never as bad or good as you think they are.

Being hard on yourself is a sign of a good writer. If I didn't question my edits I wouldn't edit as well. I always cringe when I see stuff I edited on TV because I can't change it anymore. Ha.
 
just submitted 😔🤝 this is my second time around and i literally felt my whole body spasm as i pressed submit ugh i'm not even going to set any expectations this time around because earlier this year i went through so much stress i definitely do not want to experience that again 😓 i hope u all get in! and good luck with ur other apps as well :)
 

heyambshey

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It's finished. I had a struggle with one of my recommenders, but I got everything turned in on time. I feel so relieved and ready to do anything else but think about this application. Congrats everyone for submitting!!!!
 

Ep317

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Hi everyone!
congrats on the submission to all of you! May the stressful wait officially begin 😅

I have a question, after I submitted the application, I received my USC ID and I panicked because I’ve always used my CAS number for everything. From slideroom and everything. Is this just a reference number or was I supposed to include that one?

also, for those of you who attended more than one institution after high school but it wasn’t a degree seeking program, for example a summer course or things like that, did you also submit the paper copy of the official transcripts from these institutions?

should have probably asked these questions before but I just found this thread 😅
 

A_J

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Hi everyone!
congrats on the submission to all of you! May the stressful wait officially begin 😅

I have a question, after I submitted the application, I received my USC ID and I panicked because I’ve always used my CAS number for everything. From slideroom and everything. Is this just a reference number or was I supposed to include that one?

also, for those of you who attended more than one institution after high school but it wasn’t a degree seeking program, for example a summer course or things like that, did you also submit the paper copy of the official transcripts from these institutions?

should have probably asked these questions before but I just found this thread 😅
You only receive the USC ID after you've submitted your application. So you would have been correct in using the CAS number for slideroom and anything else prior to that. I think going forward you would use the USC ID for communications with the school. I'm sure there's some logic to giving the two ID numbers but who knows.

Not sure about your second question, but I would think they only care to see transcripts from accredited institutions where you've received credit towards a degree (even if the degree wasn't actually received at that institution). Anything else you could still put in your resume though. But again, not really sure about this because it doesn't really apply to me.

Good luck!
 

Ep317

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You only receive the USC ID after you've submitted your application. So you would have been correct in using the CAS number for slideroom and anything else prior to that. I think going forward you would use the USC ID for communications with the school. I'm sure there's some logic to giving the two ID numbers but who knows.

Not sure about your second question, but I would think they only care to see transcripts from accredited institutions where you've received credit towards a degree (even if the degree wasn't actually received at that institution). Anything else you could still put in your resume though. But again, not really sure about this because it doesn't really apply to me.

Good luck!
Thank you SO SO much! This was very helpful. I actually asked USC directly about the transcripts but their answers were always very unclear. This certainly helped!
 

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