USC School of Cinematic Arts SCA MFA Film & TV Production Fall 2020

itsnoteasybeinggreen

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Hey guys! Long time lurker here and I am really grateful for the information I've gotten here. I had an interview with USC about a month ago, and am waiting as anxiously as y'all are. During this intolerable process a lot of self-doubting is happening in my head. Among them I wanted to ask you guys: 1. Have you written a thank-you note to your interviewer? Would it do harm to your application it you didn't? 2. Have you guys follow-up with the professor after the interview? Are we supposed to?

Thank you guys very much and fingers-crossed for all of us!
Hey! I wrote a thank you note to my interviewer slightly later that day/the day after but probably just because I'm used to job interview thank yous? I'm sure it's different for these types of MFA interviews, I just didn't think it would hurt and we really did have a nice conversation where he was kind about my application. To my surprise, my interviewer responded. I doubt it matters at all, honestly. All interviewers are likely focused on the interview, not anything you do afterward.

Also, self-doubt is totally normal and doesn't actually mean anything about the interview itself! I've also been experiencing self-doubt and it helps me to remind myself that this process is arbitrary, imperfect, and a little silly. Doesn't necessarily help my anxiety around the process but helps me make some sense of it, I guess.
 

addik

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Has anyone gotten their results yet? I'm guessing we'll get it next week and not this week. In any case, crossing my fingers and wishing everyone luck here!
 
Thank you very much to addik, truffleshuffle and itsnoteasybeinggreen! Definitely helped ease my mind ;) I'm not from the States so I didn't know that thank you note courtesy until recently and it kinda bothered me.

I was interviewed by Professor Kellman. As far as I remember, he asked me the following questions:
1) Some questions about my video submission (Why did I make the film, etc.) and my PS
2) What is something about you that people usually don't notice when they first see you?
3) Did you meet any challenge when collaborating with others? How did you deal with it?
4) What do you see yourself doing 5 years after graduating from the program?

I think there might be a one or two more questions, but that's all I can recall now. The interview went for about 15 minutes and the professor was very nice and friendly. He seemed to know my application very well. I somehow missed his email initially (which was put into my junk folder) and my Internet was not working well, so I was super-nervous and I wouldn't say it was the best interview I've ever had. But I did do my best.

About the waiting process, I think all we can do is to wait patiently. As long as we really tried, there should be no regrets. Best of luck to all of us!
 
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addik

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Thank you very much to addik, truffleshuffle and itsnoteasybeinggreen! Definitely helped ease my mind ;) I'm not from the States so I didn't know that thank you note courtesy until recently and it kinda bothered me.
Same here! I'm not from the US and I don't remember thank-you letters being the norm here even when it comes to job interviews with HR, so it was a shock to see others mentioning it! But, yeah, we're definitely fine I think :)


About the waiting process, I think all we can do is to wait patiently. As long as we really tried, there should be no regrets. Best of luck to all of us!
Yeah, at this point, I'm pretty happy with what I've done and stressing out about what else I could have done would be very unproductive. I'm just hoping to get word from the program soon so that's one less thing on my mind (one less BIG thing), and I can already start making plans beyond the possibility of moving to LA if I don't get accepted (and, honestly, this is pretty much a big reason why I'm just itching to hear for results, so that I get to start that process of moving if ever I get accepted to USC and decide to go there, still a big IF though)
 
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sguilford

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Never got an interview but still keeping my fingers crossed! Who else here is in the same boat? :)
I'm in the same boat! Did not get an interview, but I'm very confident about all my application materials. When I had my interview with LMU, the interviewers said they loved my film, so I succeeded with my portfolio at the very least! 😅
 
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Same here! I'm not from the US and I don't remember thank-you letters being the norm here even when it comes to job interviews with HR, so it was a shock to see others mentioning it! But, yeah, we're definitely fine I think :)




Yeah, at this point, I'm pretty happy with what I've done and stressing out about what else I could have done would be very unproductive. I'm just hoping to get word from the program soon so that's one less thing on my mind (one less BIG thing), and I can already start making plans beyond the possibility of moving to LA if I don't get accepted (and, honestly, this is pretty much a big reason why I'm just itching to hear for results, so that I get to start that process of moving if ever I get accepted to USC and decide to go there, still a big IF though)
I definitely feel you there. Moving (especially when you're international) needs so much planning! I hope you'll get the chance to move to LA and we hear from them soon:)
 

sguilford

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me too, no interview, hope for the best to everyone.
Looking at your applications on here (sorry for stalking a ha ha! 😅) I think you have an excellent chance! It looks like you were waitlisted after interview the last time you applied correct? They were probably able to tell they wanted to admit you this semester. Just speculation but always stay positive!
 

charlottehuang

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Hey guys
Has anyone tried to contact the faculty to ask about the approximate week of the result? Like the end of Feb or next week?
It seems like they won’t directly answer our question, cause they already have tons of works, but still, eagerly want some update😭
 

addik

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Hey guys
Has anyone tried to contact the faculty to ask about the approximate week of the result? Like the end of Feb or next week?
It seems like they won’t directly answer our question, cause they already have tons of works, but still, eagerly want some update😭
Haha I'm also tempted to contact them! But yeah, after what USC Alumni/Faculty Member said about how admissions work, I doubt they also know when exactly they'd get to release the results, so we really have no choice but to suffer haha
 

sa96

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@USCSCAAlumni/Faculty I don’t know if you are still answering questions but if you are, I just had one pop into my head! Do members of the admissions committee also watch applicants’ visual samples or are they only seen by faculty reviewers? (Also, no worries if you aren’t allowed to comment on this!)
 
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