What should I use for my visual samples?

Hey there! I'm in the process off applying to directing programs at AFI, USC, NYU, and Columbia for Fall 2014, and I'm trying to figure out which of my projects to feature and in what order I should place them on my visual sample.

I know that narrative films are always preferred over music videos, but two of the music videos I have done are not your typical "music video." One was originally written as a silent film for my undergraduate directing class (Cul-de-Sac) and the music was added later. The other was created for a music video competition (Every Chance We Get We Run), but it is highly narrative in nature like Cul-de-Sac.

I also have a film that has picked up a few awards called Manta that I also want to feature. It is an actual short film, so I feel like it definitely needs to be included.

My problem is this: I feel that since Manta is a "traditional" narrative short film, I should feature it first on my visual sample, followed by the others. However, I am most proud of Cul-de-Sac, so my gut tells me to put it first instead.

I wanted to know what you guys thought. Since Cul-de-Sac is technically a narrative film set to music, would this be acceptable to feature first on my visual sample or should I play it safe and go with Manta? I don't want the admissions committee to be immediately turned off because the first work they see is a music video. What do you guys think?

You can see all of these videos (and more) here: http://connorsimpson.me/

Thanks in advance for your help! Excited to finally finish my applications.
 
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