2014-2015 Film Program: Application Guidelines
Stony Brook Manhattan from August 27, 2014 - May 15, 2015
Rolling admissions: Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. To be considered for Fall 2014 matriculation and financial aid, applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. August 1, 2014.
Deadline for non-matriculate for credit is August 10, for non-credit professionals is August 25.
To be considered for Winter/Spring 2015 matriculation and financial aid, applications must be received by November 1, 2014.
TOTAL MAXIMUM ESTIMATED COST FOR ACCEPTED STUDENTS
Students enroll in 4 credit & 6 credit courses. An additional equipment fee will apply for Film Production courses. For full tuition information, please see: http://www.stonybrook.edu/bursar/tuition/
Statement of Purpose
Describe in a page or two why you are interested in this opportunity, how you would benefit, and what makes you a particularly deserving candidate.
WRITER/DIRECTORS: Video Pitch
This is the heart of your application. From a brief logline to a maximum of 3 minutes, pitch to us the short film, documentary, webisode (or other) you’d like to make. The story you pitch should have a minimum cast of characters, be set within the past 10 years, and use locations within the greater Manhattan area. The pitch should be imaginative and clever, and we welcome pitches inclusive of your beginning, middle, and end. In any case, your pitch should demonstrate your ability to realize your vision.
PRODUCERS & DOCUMENTARIANS: Video Pitch
Make a case for your participation in this course.
Submit one of the following to support your pitch:
• Script (7-12 pages)
• Storyboard (up to 60 frames)
• A series of photos that tell a story
• Treatment (max 2 pages)
• Portfolio. A sample of artistic efforts you’ve made in the past.
• If you’ve already made one, send us a short film or other original work that demonstrates competence in the visual arts or writing. The film should be a maximum of 5 minutes; a visual portfolio should be a maximum of 10 slides/prints; a manuscript should be a maximum of 10 pages.
Summarize your professional experience.
Letter of support
Optional, but if you are an unusual candidate—e.g., a retired tax lawyer who has never made a film but has an amazing story to tell—it’s probably not a bad idea to have a teacher, coworker, or colleague attest to the qualities that would make you successful.