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Chapman Video Essay Not Accepted Into College

Please note that you may only submit the Creative Supplement for your 1st Choice Major selected on Common App.  No other materials will be reviewed as part of the application process.

The requirements below are for students applying for Spring 2018 or Fall 2018.

Dodge College Personal Statement

In 500 words or less, tell us what about your distinct experiences/background/values makes you a unique candidate for the program for which you are applying. Please focus on what makes you unique as a person beyond any direct experience you may have in your intended field of study. Use this prompt to talk about aspects of yourself that are not already covered in other parts of your application.

Emphasis Question:

There are five emphases available for students to pursue in the Film Production program-cinematography, editing, directing, production design and sound design. Please indicate which area you are interested in on the application. (The choice is non-binding and is intended to provide an initial idea of your interest).  In 150 words or less, tell us why you have chosen this area of emphasis.

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.

*Please note that a direct link to upload this requirement will appear on your checklist portal once the rest of the Creative Supplement has been submitted*

Creative Resume

Provide a one-page (max.) resume highlighting 5-7 pieces of what you consider to be your best creative work. These projects should demonstrate your ability to convey a story or message through creative, artistic or technical talents. As we are only asking for a limited number of projects, include more recent items and projects in which you were the driving force or had a leadership role. These can include class assignments, projects from jobs or internships, or your personal hobbies and freelance work. Please note you are NOT to submit any actual materials from this resume at this time.  Please use the following format when structuring your resume:

Title: title of the project (length of project if applicable)

Source and Date of Creation: You may write “freelance” if it was something you did on your own.

Description of item: An in-depth description of the piece, the inspiration or objective, and your specific role in its creation. Also list any awards or special recognition you may have received for the piece.


Articles for the School Newspaper

Journalism I class, 2008

I wrote several feature articles on various topics from the constant flooding of the men’s bathroom to vandalism on campus. I also did a film review for every issue. I helped with the layout of the paper as well as selecting the final photographs.

Departmental Letter of Recommendation:

This letter of recommendation should be completed by a person who can discuss your creative strengths. Examples of appropriate people to write this letter on your behalf are art, drama, film/TV, or journalism teachers or a boss or supervisor from a job, internship, or volunteer project where your duties included something of a creative nature.

This recommendation does NOT go through Common App. You will request this recommendation directly through your checklist portal under "Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation". This link will not appear until your Creative Supplement is submitted, so please plan accordingly.

This letter is due by the same deadline as your application materials, so give your recommender plenty of time to complete the letter.

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.


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