Chapman Video Essay 2014 Toyota

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Hello prospective Film Production students,

Every year we get dozens of questions about what we are looking for in our Film Production admission video essay.  While there is no wrong or right way to compose a video, the main thing we are looking for is how you represent yourself and how you demonstrate your creativity visually.

We want to see videos with well-crafted stories or messages, videos with a clear purpose, cohesive images, originality and uniqueness; how the words, music, images and storyline all come together to represent you as an individual.

We are not so concerned with the image quality and technical skills because those are secondary to your storytelling.  Don’t get hung up on the picture quality.  If your message is creative and unique, that will show through more than the quality of camera you used.

Since these are self-introduction videos, no two videos are alike.  We have complied some of our top Film Production videos over the course of the last few years.  These videos act as examples, and by no means should be duplicated.  They range from a comedic perspective to a dramatic approach.  The common factor in all of these is that the message is clear and concise no matter which approach was taken. Film Production Admission Videos

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me.


Lauren Kacura, Director of Admission for Dodge College.

I am excited to announce that we are making some changes to our B.F.A. Film Production application for applicants applying in Fall 2018! We have had our “self-introductory” video prompt for many years, so our faculty admission committee felt it was time to update our requirements to make sure we are getting the material that is most helpful to evaluate applicants for this program.

So, what are the changes? We are retiring the video essay prompt, and are now asking for a written and visual sample from applicants. There are still specific instructions for each piece, so make sure to read carefully! Here they are:

Writing Sample

In no more than one page, write a true story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Use this story to show your unique storytelling skills as well as illustrate your creativity in telling a story. Stories should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides.

Visual Sample

Without the use of dialogue or voice over, make a film that is less than two minutes long about a character making a difficult and dramatic decision.  Show that the character is pulled in two different directions at an emotional level, visualize their process of consideration, and show that they make a decision.

When evaluating applicants, it is important for us to see how well the student can tell a story. These two new requirements will allow us to see your storytelling ability in both written and visual form. It is important for applicants to really think about the stories they want to tell, and use stories that are personal to them and their storytelling style. You also want to make sure you are following story structure and make the stories original and clear to understand. We encourage you to think outside of the box and really have fun with the application, while also making sure to stay within our guidelines.

Lastly, we are also asking for students to write a short response (less than 150 words), to explain why they have chosen the area of emphasis (cinematography, editing, directing, production design or sound design) indicated on the application, so make sure look out for that question as well.

Don’t forget that the deadline for Film Production is November 1st for freshman applicants and February 15th for transfer students! Our application will be live in August, so keep checking our website for other updates on our application process.

You are always welcome to contact our office with any questions at either (714) 997-6765 or We are excited to see the stories you tell, and look forward to reviewing your applications!


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