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. Interview spaces fill quickly, so schedule 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.
5. Attend your Zoom interview at the scheduled time. Check out the OSAI Film & Video interview form before your audition to see the questions the facilitator will ask about your project.
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 recorded audition, do not worry about your 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: firstname.lastname@example.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?)