» Application Video Tips for B.F.A. Film Production Applicants

The self-introductory video for film production students is an ideal way for us to learn more about who you are through visual storytelling. Since we have had this prompt for several years, we have seen a wide variety of interpretations of this concept. There is no right answer, we are really just trying to find out more about who you are as a storyteller. This page is meant to provide you with a clearer picture of what we are looking for in the videos, but it is not meant to represent the only types of films we want to see.

Here are a few tips for what we are looking for:

  • Find something that is unique about you to talk about-the more you can make yourself stand out, the better.
  • We want to see how you view the world, what you think, what inspires you, what makes you want to make films etc.
  • You don’t have to talk about your love of film, we like to see the diverse interests our applicants have.
  • Any genre is fine, you should do what best represents who are you.
  • Make sure to not try to do too much, with only two minutes, sometimes less is more.
  • Try to avoid a “day in the life” or “here is my room” concept, we want you dig deeper and show us more than just a daily routine.
  • Production value is not as important, we are really looking at the story you are telling, not how it looks.
Also, here are some areas that we usually get a lot of questions about:
  • Music: You are allowed to use music with a copyright in your films. The admissions committee is the only one viewing the films so there is not an issue.
  • Hands/Voice/Feet etc: You are technically allowed to use your hands/feet etc in your film. Voiceover is also fine. The most important thing is that you are finding a creative way to tell us who you are, and are not just standing in front of the camera or using yourself to tell that story.
  • Photos: You should not have photos of yourself in your film.
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