Video Cinema Arts

Video Cinema Arts Audition Requirements for 2018-2019 Admissions

All applicants must thoroughly read and follow the 4 step application/audition process on the Admissions homepage.

Ed Glassman and Amy McGrath

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October 9, 2017 – November 17, 2017 at noon

Tuesday, November 28
6:00 pm
Student Success Center

Your specific audition time will be given to you at the preaudition meeting.  Audition dates are:

January 16
January 20

If your student needs accommodations for the audition, as written in a 504 or IEP, please provide a copy of the 504 or IEP to Assistant Principal Aspen Miles ONE WEEK before your student’s audition date.




All video projects due by 3:00 pm on TBA

If you would like to see a sample of audition videos made by two students who were accepted into DSA check out:


1. VCA applicants will create a 2 minute video project, which can be documentary or fiction form. The project must tell some kind of a story. Our preference is to view your project on youtube or vimeo. Please email the link to your video project to both and by 3pm, TBA

If you cannot upload your project, hard copies of the projects on DVD can be delivered to the DSA office, care of Mr. Glassman.

2. If you do not have access to video equipment, you may prepare a PowerPoint presentation or photo display board, featuring at least 12 original photos. Your photo presentation must tell some kind of story (including a text component), as well as show evidence of your composition skills. This project must be delivered to the DSA office, c/o Mr. Glassman by 3pm, TBA

3. It is the expectation of the DSA Video Cinema department that all video/photo projects presented for auditions represent primarily the work of the applicant. We are interested in seeing the writing, shooting, and editing capabilities of each applicant.

4. As a companion to the video or photo piece, all applicants must write a “treatment”- a written explanation of the story of their video project. This treatment will be featured in the student’s portfolio, to be presented at the time of their audition. Additionally, applicants may want to include storyboards, shot lists, or any other planning documents in their portfolio.

Bring this with you to your audition. Use this list as a checklist, and please make sure that your portfolio includes all of the following elements. We will be holding on to these portfolios to help us make our decisions. They will be available for pickup during DSA office hours (7am-3:30 pm, M-F) from January 31st, 2017 – February 3rd only. After that time, portfolios will go into recycling.

1. The first section of all VCA applicant portfolios should be the student’s resume. Please see the attached Sample Resume for a suggested format:

Sample Resumé 2. The second section of your Portfolio should contain the written story or “treatment” that you developed for your audition video or photo project. If you designed storyboards, shot lists or any other planning documents for your project, put them here.

3. The third section of your portfolio should include photos, drawings, short stories or other writing, cartoons, designs, or any other relevant work that will help us see how you think about telling stories and expressing them visually.

4. Finally, if you have awards or documentation regarding other activities that you want us to know about, you can include these in the back of your portfolio.


All students should show up for their audition 45 minutes prior to their interview time to begin the written portion of their audition.

1.  The first element of your audition is a written exercise. Students will be asked to develop a story idea for a film based on a visual prompt. Students will also watch a brief film clip and answer some questions about what they saw. The writing component will take between 30-45 minutes.

2.  After you complete your written audition, you will have a meeting with the VCA audition panel. This panel is generally comprised of both VCA teachers, as well as a community member or VCA grad with knowledge of our program. During your interview, you will first present your video or photo project to the panel, and then be asked to explain your project and its story. The panel will then ask a number of questions regarding your interests and experience related to film and video production.  Applicants will be ranked according to the outcomes of their interviews, written assignments, portfolios, and video or photo projects. All students who audition will be notified by email on January TBA as to whether or not they have been accepted.