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

addik

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Hey, not Chris W here, but I think I can answer:

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Tianmi

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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!
Thank you!!! But It's ok if they don't accept me this year, I have one more year to try 😊 and next time I will hand in a new video and new personal statement since I have time lots of time after graduation.
 
Hey guys, wishing everyone luck this weekend! This has been, what feels like, the longest wait of my life. On a total side note, I am sure many of you have faced this issue before- I am trying to get in contact with (or as close as I can to) a producer for a show I love. I transcribed this show's season one into screenplay format, studied it, then wrote a few episodes for a hypothetical season two. I really would love to send this in along with a cover letter professing my commitment and passion for the show; essentially, I want to work for this show in any capacity. Problem is, you can't just google Tim Federle's contact info 😂 Have any of you found that one contact pipeline is stronger than others? Would you guys suggest contacting him through social media? Another option I have found is the publicity director's info. Any voices of wisdom?
 

sa96

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Hey guys, wishing everyone luck this weekend! This has been, what feels like, the longest wait of my life. On a total side note, I am sure many of you have faced this issue before- I am trying to get in contact with (or as close as I can to) a producer for a show I love. I transcribed this show's season one into screenplay format, studied it, then wrote a few episodes for a hypothetical season two. I really would love to send this in along with a cover letter professing my commitment and passion for the show; essentially, I want to work for this show in any capacity. Problem is, you can't just google Tim Federle's contact info 😂 Have any of you found that one contact pipeline is stronger than others? Would you guys suggest contacting him through social media? Another option I have found is the publicity director's info. Any voices of wisdom?
I really admire your passion and go-getter attitude. However, I have been told by people in the industry that it’s generally a bad idea to contact a show producer with spec scripts of their show. I was told it’s frowned upon in the industry and that the producer will be able to spot all the things that you didn’t accurately capture about the show (since they are the expert) and all those mistakes will throw them off enjoying what could be brilliant writing. That being said, if you are still interested in sending along what you have prepared (you could very well be the exception!), I would recommend trying to find his assistant’s contact. Also, if you are interested in TV writing, lots of production companies like Warner Brothers run TV Writing programs where they try to find new talent. You could always see if your show belongs to one of these companies and use your spec scripts as part of your application!
 

truffleshuffle

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Yeah to echo what sa96 said, it’s a general rule of thumb to never send spec scripts of their own show, especially unsolicited. Not only for the reasons sa96 listed but it’s also a legal issue, because at worst they don’t like it and never reply and at best they love it but now they can’t use what you wrote or anything similar to what you wrote without paying you and crediting you according to guild rules. So sending them specs of their own show, unless specifically requested, is a sure fire way to not have your submission even looked at. Instead, maybe find a similar show and write specs for those. I’m not sure how familiar you are with the TV writing industry but there are a lot of great resources online that will give you the rundown of navigating it as a writer. There’s also a fantastic podcast all about screenwriting and TV writing with guest producers and writers and show runners called Scriptnotes.
 

Chris W

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Swung by the campus today as I was in the area and never really been. Campus seems great and the mini gallery in the Lucas building was awesome. I used the Bolex and Arri when I was in film school in the nineties. Brought me back to see them there.

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KeenanDK

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Yeah to echo what sa96 said, it’s a general rule of thumb to never send spec scripts of their own show, especially unsolicited. Not only for the reasons sa96 listed but it’s also a legal issue, because at worst they don’t like it and never reply and at best they love it but now they can’t use what you wrote or anything similar to what you wrote without paying you and crediting you according to guild rules. So sending them specs of their own show, unless specifically requested, is a sure fire way to not have your submission even looked at. Instead, maybe find a similar show and write specs for those. I’m not sure how familiar you are with the TV writing industry but there are a lot of great resources online that will give you the rundown of navigating it as a writer. There’s also a fantastic podcast all about screenwriting and TV writing with guest producers and writers and show runners called Scriptnotes.
Do not send it. They will not read it due to legal reasons. If they used even something similar to what you wrote they'd open themselves up to a law suit. Plus, there are union rules.
 

BazookaB

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Congratulations @addik :))

I just received an email from USC asking me to check the camel link. They have posted a letter that says I'm academically eligible but need demonstrate proof of the ability to pay tuition. I have also applied for financial aid, does anyone know when we'll hear about that? The letter says that the admission letter can only be issued afterwards.
 

CCCCCrest

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GUYS!

I didn't get an email from USC, but I checked my YouSC portal while doing a DND campaign and checked that I have my results in... I'm academically eligible for the program! Holy crap, check your portals now!

I can't focus on my DND campaign right now
Congrats! Also an international applicant here but haven’t got email. May I ask did you apply for financial aid?
 
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addik

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Congratulations @addik :))

I just received an email from USC asking me to check the camel link. They have posted a letter that says I'm academically eligible but need demonstrate proof of the ability to pay tuition. I have also applied for financial aid, does anyone know when we'll hear about that? The letter says that the admission letter can only be issued afterwards.
Congrats too!
Not totally sure how it works, but based on past threads, results for financial aid go out much later.

Congrats! Also an international applicant here but haven’t got email. May I ask did you apply for financial aid?
I did, no word on that yet so far!
 

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