NO LATER than June 14, 2013
We highly encourage you to attend The Columbia Young Artists Film Lab event held in Rm. 511
Dodge Hall on the Columbia University Campus, May 19th, at 4pm. Bring your questions
comments and concerns. We will be providing more information about the program.
1) Please attach a typed or neatly handwritten response to the following questions and return
Filmmakers of Color United in Spirit
513 Dodge Hall, MC 1805
New York, NY 10027
2) Write a short personal statement. (No more than 1 page) Be sure to include…
Why do you like to tell stories?
What is your favorite movie/why?
What would you like to get out of this program?
What are your goals?
3) Film scenario: Read the following openings, choose one and imagine the scene that might
follow it. The scene you write may or may not include dialogue. It should be no less than half a
page, and no more than two pages long.
a. INTERIOR, PUBLIC BUS – DAY
A YOUNG WOMAN, about 20, sits on a bus peering ahead through the crowd. She stares
intently at something several seats ahead of her; it’s the back of someone’s head. After a
moment, she makes a decision, gets up and makes her way over to the person. When she
arrives, we see that the object of her attention is a MAN, about 65, reading a newspaper.
The YOUNG WOMAN begins to speak:
b. EXTERIOR. HOUSE – LATE NIGHT
From outside a dark home, we can just see the figures of TWO TEENAGERS struggling to
climb in through an open window. Trying to keep quiet, they just can’t stop their giggling.
One after the other they pull themselves through the window and disappear just as a
LIGHT comes on in one of the windows:
c. EXTERIOR, BACKYARD PATIO – DAY
A WOMAN, mid 30’s, dressed in a MAID’S UNIVORM is picking up plates and empty
glasses, straightening the patio after a party the night before. She stops when she realizes
that she is not alone. Turning around, she sees a boy, 14, exiting the house and heading
towards her angrily:
FOCUS: Filmmakers of Color United in Spirit is a multicultural organization dedicated to
increasing the visibility of filmmakers and film scholars of color within Columbia University and
the surrounding community through outreach initiatives, recognition of diversity in education
and networking with alumni and the film industry at large.