eseko asked: Hey! I actually have an interview with the film conservatory tomorrow and I'm so so nervous! I've never visited the campus before, and I'm not so sure what I should put in my portfolio. Do you have any tips and could you tell me anything about the school? Thank you!!
I’m consulting my friend in the film conservatory on this.
So what she’s telling me is: “quality over quantity, add writing if you have it! don’t put any “commerical” kind of stuff, they want to see that you’re an artist or have passion and a message to say” Basically, include pieces that represent you as an artist.
Purchase is a really great place; full of people trying to make it in whatever way they feel passionate about. Musicians trying their hand at science, scientists vying for artistic vision, computer people being computer people, writers writing so they can write forever, and everyone inbetween. Students here are also really supportive of each other’s endeavors and passions. Whether its a science symposium or a film screening, you’ll always have friends and peers in the audience.
The campus itself is really awesome, too! All of the buildings are really close together, but beyond that is a huge amount of land that’s just woods and places to explore. Our student center (The Stood) is a haven of grungy college culture, murals, bands, theatrical performances, and a million other student run things. Its my favorite place on campus, by far. Another amazing resource we have is the Performing Art Center (the PAC), which hosts film screenings, world renowned orchestras, chamber groups, dance companies, theater, and cultural events. I could talk forever about the logistics and numbers of our campus, but I would highly suggest if you can, register and come on a tour! We have film conservatory specific tours on Wednesdays!
To register for any tour click through here, where you’ll also find other info about the campus and admissions!
Good morning Purchase! Happy Saturday!
beckbutter asked: hello suny purchase is my #1 school and the only school i haven't heard from yet and i am so nervous i'm tracking the suny purchase blog and came across yours and i just YEAH OKAY bye thank yo ufor listening
Hey there! This is definitely the most nerve wracking time during the application process. Waiting is the haaardest thing to do. I sat in front of my laptop for days refreshing my decision pages for every university I applied to until I had an answer from every single one…
But have no fear! Your decision will come in time, and hopefully, it’ll be a super great one!!!
I’m wishing you the best of luck! Fingers and toes crossed! :)
c-mstain asked: Hi! I just stumbled across your blog and noticed that you're a playwriting/screenwriting major! I've been accepted to Purchase on early admission for the same program, and I was wondering what your general thoughts are about the program? SUNY is my top choice, as I'm coming from Virginia (where there aren't any good theatre schools tbh). I've been writing plays for three years and it's my absolute passion. That and being a literary advisor for a progressive theatre company based around new work!
I think the program is great! The playwriting professors have incredible connections to organizations in the city like New Dramatists, Playwrights Horizons, and all have had work produced in the past 12 months, or are working on films, TV shows, and other projects. They’re all working in the field, and actively seeking out opportunities for their students.
The major incorporates screenwriting and playwriting, which at first I wasn’t completely open to, considering the great differences between the two mediums. However, the professors really demonstrate a strong emphasis on storytelling, which both concentrations are about at their cores. Its been a good balance between the two, which is great especially as more and more plays are adapted into films by the playwrights themselves.
Also, because we’re so close to NYC (30-45 min by train!), the opportunities for Purchase students to see plays, go to festivals, and be involved in theater in the city are incredible!