February 27, 2017

INTERESTED IN DIRECTING OR PRODUCING A 546 PRODUCTION?

INTERESTED IN DIRECTING OR PRODUCING A 546 PRODUCTION?

If you’re interested in Directing or Producing a CTPR 546 Production, please see the SCA Community website (http://scacommunity.usc.edu) for the Selection Guidelines (under “My Tools” select “546 Script Competition”).

POTENTIAL DIRECTORS:

PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY AS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS HAVE CHANGED SUBSTANTIALLY SINCE PREVIOUS SEMESTERS.

You may submit your reel to direct in 546 in FALL 2017 semester ONLY if: 

1. You have completed or currently are enrolled in CTPR 532 at the time of submission.

2. You have already held a crew position in a Production III class or sequence: CTPR 546 (once), CTPR 547 (once), or any 6-unit combination of the following: CTPR 479, CTPR 523, CTPR 464, CTPR 484, CTPR 486.

3. You have NOT yet directed in CTPR 546 or CTPR 547.

4. You are NOT already registered in a CTPR 581 or CTPR 582 class as the director of a thesis film.

5. You are NOT already registered in CTPR 585.

6. You have NOT registered in CTWR 533a or CTWR 533b.

7. You have NOT taken CTPR 546/547 twice as a registered crew position of any kind. Example: If you have performed sound on a 547 and sound on a 546, you are not eligible to direct as you have met both Production III and Advanced Project requirements.

8. You have NOT yet fulfilled -- and will NOT fulfill next semester, concurrent with CTPR 546 Directing -- your Advanced Project Requirement through the various pathways.

If you are in doubt about your eligibility, please arrange a meeting with Claudia Walters (cwalters@cinema.usc.edu).

Note: If you are selected to direct CTPR 546, you will not be able to register subsequently for CTPR 581, CTPR 582, CTPR 585 or any other Advanced Project.

DIRECTOR REELS:

  • Director’s reels due March 22nd at 11:30 AM as a Vimeo link with password: 546All reel material must have been produced in a USC School of Cinematic Arts production class.
  • Reels are due VIA EMAIL: jwatson23@mac.com (cc: davidrqliu@gmail.com). Any late submissions will be disqualified. 
  • March 31st, first round of scripts chosen, director & producer semi-finalists. Notifications sent via EMAIL BLAST to student body by 5:00 PM. Scripts will be emailed April 1st by 9 PM.

SELECTION PROCESS:

  1. All reels will be reviewed by a selection committee, consisting of 546 faculty members and 4-5 student representatives, chosen by fellow students from among the current 546 class (who are not themselves submitting to direct).
  2. The selection committee will meet to discuss the reels and will choose the top 10-12 director candidates for a short list -- the semi-finalists.
  3. Those on the short list will then be invited to team up with a producer from the producer shortlist, along with the writer of one of the selected scripts, to form a trio who will pitch together on Pitch Day (Friday, April 14th) to the selection committee.
  4. The same committee which selected the short list will select the 3 films that will be produced in the class of Spring 2017.

Note: 546 is a story-driven class. All semi-finalists who go on to pitch will be evaluated on the potential of their narrative content and how they plan to realize that potential as a team, rather than weight being given to any one individual.

POTENTIAL PRODUCERS:

  • Potential producers need to have completed or currently be enrolled in CTPR 508 at the time of submission.
  • The producing instructors from CTPR 507 & CTPR 508 will be asked to evaluate the applicants. Candidates may be included in, or excluded from, the short list (semi-finalists) based on the feedback from those instructors.
  • There is a mandatory Potential Producers’ Meeting on March 22nd at 5 PM in SCA 356.
  • Producing applications due March 26th at 9:00 PM emailed to John Watson at jwatson@mac.com (cc: davidrqliu@gmail.com).

For complete instructions, please visit the SCA Community website.

Questions? Please contact David Liu, 546 Lead SA, at: davidrqliu@gmail.com.