USC School of Cinematic Arts - Stark Producing Program 2020

KeenanDK

Member
Just wrapped my interview--good discussion of my goals and they asked a lot about the other programs I applied to.

Don't feel as good and confident about it as I did my Chapman interview, but I think that's because my Skype call was plagued by bad quality for this one.
 

spark

New Member
Just wrapped my interview--good discussion of my goals and they asked a lot about the other programs I applied to.

Don't feel as good and confident about it as I did my Chapman interview, but I think that's because my Skype call was plagued by bad quality for this one.
Thanks so much for sharing! Bad quality calls are definitely stressful. How long did your interview last? What were some of the questions they asked?
 

KeenanDK

Member
The interview was about 20 min long and the questions were very tailored to my application; they also spent a lot of time asking me about what my plans were if I wasn't accepted and what other programs I applied to.

They asked, in approximate order:
- Why I was leaving the Air Force
- How did I view my military experience in relation to my filmmaking aspirations/how did they connect and intersect in my life?
- What other programs I applied to
- What would I do if I wasn't accepted into USC (this seems to be a theme for this program lol since the question was also on the SlideRoom app)
- What production companies/where in the industry had I considered wanting to end up
- It came up that I'm married so they asked if my wife was supportive of my decision to pursue an MFA
- We discussed the challenges of applying to schools in LA while not being able to physically see the schools (Prof. Turman compared it to blind dates)
- I asked them what the cohorts look like as far as former professionals vs. students straight from undergrad and what role mentorship plays in the program

That's about it!
 

spark

New Member
I had my interview yesterday! Similar questions as above, what I'd do if I wasn't accepted, goals, why I would leave my current position at a studio, etc.

They emphasized that decisions will be out in mid-March. Hope everyone's interviews go well!
 

dmaria

Member
Anyone still waiting for an interview email? I haven't gotten one still... thinking my chances are slim now considering it's Feb 24th...
 

heyambshey

New Member
I have my skype interview in a few hours. Very nervous but excited to speak with them. Thanks to everyone for sharing their interview experience it helped me calm down quite a bit! Good luck everyone!
 

KeenanDK

Member
Saw admissions stuff is going out for the other programs--anybody hear anything for Stark?
 

KeenanDK

Member
I didn't think so, but wanted to make sure it wasn't just me lol
 

dmaria

Member
My int'l friend got waitlisted today for cinematography discipline! I applied to Stark but haven't heard anything.
 

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