OSAI 2021 Auditions

Due to the ongoing pandemic, OSAI auditions are being held entirely online this year. More info >>

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2021 Film & Video

Film & video students shoot and edit short films. Film assignments may include documentary, narrative, or both. Students work in groups and can expect to learn about the various roles on a film set (director, editor, grip, props, etc.) The student films are screened in a public exhibition. Class discussions and film screenings may contain mature subject matter. Up to 20 students are accepted.

Requirements for Applicants

1. Create an account and complete an online application. (If you have applied to OSAI before, you can log in to an existing account.)

2. Through your online account, schedule a Zoom interview. Scheduling closes at noon the business day before each interview date. Interview spaces fill quickly, so schedule yours as soon as possible.

3. Read the guidelines and tips below to prepare your video submission.

4. Log back in to your online account to upload your video submission no later than 24 hours prior to your scheduled Zoom interview. Video uploads are limited to 1 GB.

5. Attend your Zoom interview at the scheduled time. 

Video Submission Guidelines

  • Save your video in either .mov or .mp4 format.
  • Your video submission may be shot using any video-capable device. (Smart phones and tablets are acceptable.)
  • Your video submission must have been created AFTER March 1 of the prior year. (Former OSAI students may not submit work produced at OSAI.)
  • Your name must NOT appear or be heard anywhere in the submission; therefore, credits should be omitted. This ensures a blind audition process. If your name appears or is heard in the submission, you will be disqualified.
  • Your video submission must be no longer than five minutes and must comprise a single video. If you submit a sample of video work that lasts longer than five minutes, the judges will only watch the first five minutes of the work. And if you submit a sample comprising multiple videos, the judges will only watch the first piece, regardless of length.
  • Collaborative work is acceptable, but you must have primary creative responsibility for the material. If your project is a product of collaboration and your collaborators are also auditioning for the OSAI film & video program, only one of you may submit the project for consideration. If two applicants submit the same video, both applicants will be disqualified.
  • Your submission may be created using any technique (e.g., video, animation, stop-motion, multimedia) and may range from biography, documentary, fiction, music video, news package, to any other narrative format. Whatever technique or format you choose, the judges will be looking for applicants who are good storytellers; applicants with strong narrative skills should not be discouraged from applying due to unfamiliarity with the technical aspects of filmmaking.
  • Once you are ready to submit your audition film, do not worry about the file name. The OSAI application portal will automatically rename the file for you.
  • If you have a question about whether a format is permissible, please contact the OAI office: oai@oaiquartz.org or 405.605.7500.

What To Expect During Your Zoom Interview

The film & video Zoom interview facilitator is not a judge. They will ask you questions to gain an understanding of your filming process, inspiration and technique in order to better inform the judges who will score your work. (e.g. How would you describe your film? What kind of equipment did you use? What challenges did you confront?)

Judging Criteria

Please note: Auditions for all disciplines are as blind as possible, meaning that judges will not have applicants' names, ages, hometowns, etc. Film & video auditions are partially blind, in that the interviewer has information about the applicant, but the judges who score their work do not. Interviewers are not judges.
 
Storytelling – 45%
Did the filmmaker give thought to a narrative structure?  Was the film's message clear and understandable? Is the subject and execution compelling? Does it make you want to keep watching it?
Cinematography/lighting – 15%
Did the film exhibit competency in cinematography and lighting techniques?
Editing – 15%
Did the film exhibit competency in editing and post-production techniques?
Audio – 15%
Did the film exhibit competency in audio techniques?
Creativity/originality/artistic voice – 10%
Did the film display the filmmaker's unique artistic voice?
 
 
Funding for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute film and video program is generously provided, in part, by the Jeanne Hoffman Smith Film Institute Endowment Fund.