Film and Visual Storytelling Audition Instructions

The Charles C. Baum Film and Visual Storytelling Department is a new program at the Baltimore School for the Arts now in its second year.

We are seeking students with a passion for film and the collaborative art of moviemaking. At the core of the program are the principles of visual storytelling and an emphasis on writing.

Only current 8th grade students may apply.


  • Personal Statement (maximum 250 words, typed)
    Write an essay about your interest in film and how it relates to your life, and why you would like to join the Charles C. Baum Film and Visual Storytelling Department at BSA.
  • Storyboard (Hansel and Gretel, 8 panels maximum.  You can draw with a pencil or use any material to make it).
    Create a storyboard for the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. We are looking at your imagination and creativity in telling the story visually, not your drawing expertise. (Storyboard: a sequence of images, typically with some directions and dialogue, representing the shots planned for a movie or television production.)
  • Optional
    You may bring in some work that is film related, for example:
    A screen play or script
    A video (not longer than 3 minutes)
    Up to 3 photographs
    Up to 3 visual art works (drawings, sculpture, costumes, digital imaging)
    (Please note: In order to view video or other digital work, you must provide us with a link to view the piece online or bring your own device to present it.)


  • Picture story
    You will look at five pictures and write a story based on the pictures. Paper and pencils will be provided to write your story. You will have up to 60 minutes to write.
  • Compose an image
    Take one picture of a still life that we have prepared. We will provide an iPad for you to take the picture.
  • Conversation
    You will sit with a couple of faculty members to have a conversation about, but not limited to:
    Your personal statement
    Your Hansel and Gretel storyboard
    Your favorite film
    Your favorite book
    Any video work you have done
    Any work you have created in a team
    Film-related items you brought with you
    The photography you took from the still life

Students will be evaluated based on the quality of the audition elements and their enthusiasm for this field.