USC School of Cinematic Arts - Stark Producing Program 2022

jenovard

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Hi all. This is Jonathan in Tokyo. I sent in my application to Peter Stark last week and figured I'd make a thread to see who else has applied and how it's going.
I run a commercial production company in Tokyo but I want to move into TV/Film (Sci-fi/Sci-fi Horror) in Tokyo/LA. BENTO LABS

I'm actually shooting hopefully my final project of the year for Sony over the next two days then I wanna take the rest of the year off to study, prepare for hopefully getting into school and looking for scholarships etc.

Good luck everyone.
 

Chris W

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Good luck!

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USC Cinematic Arts - Peter Stark Producing Program (MFA) Acceptance Rate
25%
Admitted
31  out of   125   Admitted
14%
Waitlisted
18  out of   125   Waitlisted
61%
Not Admitted
76  out of   125  Not Admitted


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    jazzyjeff18

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    Hi all. This is Jonathan in Tokyo. I sent in my application to Peter Stark last week and figured I'd make a thread to see who else has applied and how it's going.
    I run a commercial production company in Tokyo but I want to move into TV/Film (Sci-fi/Sci-fi Horror) in Tokyo/LA. BENTO LABS

    I'm actually shooting hopefully my final project of the year for Sony over the next two days then I wanna take the rest of the year off to study, prepare for hopefully getting into school and looking for scholarships etc.

    Good luck everyone.
    Hey Jonathan, I'm currently applying to the Stark Program. I work for a production company in DC and am trying to get into the horror scene as a producer.

    For your resume did you add travel and artistic experiences? Contemplating on how I should do that. I'm currently a little over one page at the moment.

    Good luck to you!
     

    jenovard

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    Hey @jazzyjeff18 . Good luck to you too. The application process is a bit exhausting. To be honest my resume is a bit extra (see attached). I'm convinced you don't have to do all this to be an appealing applicant. I just have a design background so it was the direction I went. I mixed text and images so it didn't get too wordy and talked about a business I started, a bit about travel, and what my time overseas meant to me while trying to frame all the info in a way that was relevant to production. The deadline is soon! Make sure you've crossed your t's and dotted your i's.
     

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    jazzyjeff18

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    Hey @jazzyjeff18 . Good luck to you too. The application process is a bit exhausting. To be honest my resume is a bit extra (see attached). I'm convinced you don't have to do all this to be an appealing applicant. I just have a design background so it was the direction I went. I mixed text and images so it didn't get too wordy and talked about a business I started, a bit about travel, and what my time overseas meant to me while trying to frame all the info in a way that was relevant to production. The deadline is soon! Make sure you've crossed your t's and dotted your i's.
    Oh absolutely. I'm going over and over and over and over my essays to make sure everything is the way I want it to be.

    Just checked out your resume too and man thats cool! Mine is attached, but I'll probably be editing it within the next few days to include artistic experiences
     

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    jenovard

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    Hey Jeff. Your resume looks really solid. I only have 2 thoughts. You probably experienced this with your essays but what you want to say and the space they actually gave us to say it were really different. I had to edit my life down to basically a tweet haha. But I learned a lot about how to simplify things. I would consider editing down the resume to make it as simple as possible to read. For example:

    Used DSLR cameras and Rode mics to record over 30 hours of B-roll, audio, and visual elements.
    becomes
    Independently captured over 30 hours of B-roll ("audio" and "visual" is a given right?)

    Like every chance to cut down on text so the act of reading feels less daunting is good.

    And with the space you hopefully save there, visually or just perceptually, maybe you can add some simple exposition to add context to all the experiences you've had. Like on page 2 talking about what those travel experiences meant to you and what they will help you bring to the program. I think the "volunteer" and "interests" sections could probably be switched to this narrative format too. I feel like added context will help them imagine who you are as a person and help further differentiate you. Also this is a creative program and in theory we're storytellers so I tried to bring a story to my profile. (I'm not an especially strong writer though so I could really only take that so far.)
     

    jazzyjeff18

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    Hey Jeff. Your resume looks really solid. I only have 2 thoughts. You probably experienced this with your essays but what you want to say and the space they actually gave us to say it were really different. I had to edit my life down to basically a tweet haha. But I learned a lot about how to simplify things. I would consider editing down the resume to make it as simple as possible to read. For example:

    Used DSLR cameras and Rode mics to record over 30 hours of B-roll, audio, and visual elements.
    becomes
    Independently captured over 30 hours of B-roll ("audio" and "visual" is a given right?)

    Like every chance to cut down on text so the act of reading feels less daunting is good.

    And with the space you hopefully save there, visually or just perceptually, maybe you can add some simple exposition to add context to all the experiences you've had. Like on page 2 talking about what those travel experiences meant to you and what they will help you bring to the program. I think the "volunteer" and "interests" sections could probably be switched to this narrative format too. I feel like added context will help them imagine who you are as a person and help further differentiate you. Also this is a creative program and in theory we're storytellers so I tried to bring a story to my profile. (I'm not an especially strong writer though so I could really only take that so far.)
    Hey Jonathan, that's great advice. Definitely will cut down where I can. I also like the narrative format idea too. I'll rewrite my travel experiences in narrative form so I can include my artistic experiences in there as well!
     

    jazzyjeff18

    Member
    Hey Jeff. Your resume looks really solid. I only have 2 thoughts. You probably experienced this with your essays but what you want to say and the space they actually gave us to say it were really different. I had to edit my life down to basically a tweet haha. But I learned a lot about how to simplify things. I would consider editing down the resume to make it as simple as possible to read. For example:

    Used DSLR cameras and Rode mics to record over 30 hours of B-roll, audio, and visual elements.
    becomes
    Independently captured over 30 hours of B-roll ("audio" and "visual" is a given right?)

    Like every chance to cut down on text so the act of reading feels less daunting is good.

    And with the space you hopefully save there, visually or just perceptually, maybe you can add some simple exposition to add context to all the experiences you've had. Like on page 2 talking about what those travel experiences meant to you and what they will help you bring to the program. I think the "volunteer" and "interests" sections could probably be switched to this narrative format too. I feel like added context will help them imagine who you are as a person and help further differentiate you. Also this is a creative program and in theory we're storytellers so I tried to bring a story to my profile. (I'm not an especially strong writer though so I could really only take that so far.)
    Fixed up my resume with a narrative approach towards the bottom! Let me know your thoughts. Wanted to add a picture but not sure where I would do that.
     

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    Chris W

    Willem was robbed
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    Hi! I applied. March is too far away!
    Good luck! Add your application to our database when you can go help others and so we can improve our film program admissions statistics. :)

     

    JHD

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    If the production applicants have at least started to get interview requests, I think that might mean some for the Stark program will go out next week? I can't 100% remember, but I think that's how it was last year?
     

    dood523

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    Hey all! I also applied and have been eager to hear something soon. I heard that they historically come out with interview requests in the last week of January and first week of February, but I hope they come out sooner
     

    audr3y

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    If the production applicants have at least started to get interview requests, I think that might mean some for the Stark program will go out next week? I can't 100% remember, but I think that's how it was last year?
    Do we know if they will come through email or will we have to keep checking the status page?
     
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