SCPA’s Cinematic Arts Program is open to both new and experienced cinematographers. Students who do have video experience should be prepared to submit a video reel of their work as well as the completion of the audition prompt. Students with no experience will be considered solely from this prompt.
How To Prepare For The Audition
The Video Production Audition requirements include:
1. The Treatment
2. The Storyboard
3. Essay Of Interest and Intention, and
4. Film Reel (not required).
A good video production requires a great deal of preproduction planning and creativity to make the shoot and the editing as tight as possible. You are to write a Preproduction Portfolio/Treatment including a storyboard for submission for a video project on any subject that you choose (but not including a music video). These will be submitted at the time of the audition.
The Treatment: This is a narrative or essay that describes all of the elements of the project or show. It relates the Objective (purpose) of the piece and tells what is to be accomplished in the segment. That is followed by a Description of what the audience will see and hear in the segment and who with talent or actors will be. Pace, Flow, and visual Impact are also critical to the treatment. After reading the treatment, the producer (panelist) will be able to visualize what is going to be filmed and how it will be edited.
The Storyboard: The storyboard is a set of drawings (much like a comic book is drawn) that shows the major shots and scenes of the video. It includes key action and key locations that were described in the treatment. Below each frame of the storyboard is a brief description of the scene being described.
Essay of Interest and Intention in Video Arts
Much of the possible success in this field is based on desire to learn, intention to immerse in the learning, and the willingness to work in this field. In this essay you are to discuss
Why you hope to study video?
What level of focus and dedication you are willing to give to it?
Any experiences you have previously had with video, and
What you have to offer the SCPA video program that we should consider.
Film Reel (optional): Students who have experience in video production should submit a reel (video compilation of portions of their work). The reel should be on VHA or mini-DV only and should not exceed 3 minutes. The reel only shows the best portions of any project and does not include entire projects or shows. It is the best moments edited together. Given the capability, each individual clip should have a title naming the project and what the student’s role on the video was. For example: Family Trip to England, Cameraman and Editor. Tapes must be clearly labeled with the students name on the side spine of the video project. Reels will not be returned.
What To Bring To The Audition
Your narrative or essay that describes the elements of the project or show. (Treatment)
Your set of drawings that shows the major shots and scenes you would take. (Storyboard)
Your essay of interest in video production (Essay of Interest and Intention in Video Arts)
You may also bring a film reel, but this is not required. Students who do have video experience should be prepared to submit a video reel of their work as well as the completion of the audition prompt. Students with no experience will be considered solely from the treatment and storyboard.
What To Expect During The Audition
The audition will include:
Presentation of prepared piece (Video Reel and/or treatment and storyboard)
Students will be evaluated individually. Areas of assessment will include:
Description of Camerawork-Framing-Composition
Description of the editing of sound and video
Description of the Pace, Flow and Tempo
Viewer interest and the extent to which you engage the viewer
Description of the Emotional Impact or the feeling which it makes you feel or the impact it has upon you
The extent to which the student has used a Creative Approach