Film and Visual Storytelling Audition Instructions

Film and Visual Storytelling is a new department at the Baltimore School for the Arts, now in its third year.

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

Only current 8th grade students may apply.

WHAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE AT HOME AND BRING TO THE AUDITION

Storyboard  (Hansel and Gretel, 6 panels. You can draw with a pencil or use any material to make it.) Create a storyboard for the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. The storyboard has to have exactly six panels, no more and no less. We are looking at your imagination and creativity in telling the story visually, not your drawing expertise. (Storyboard definition: 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 of your work that is film related, for example:

A screen play or script

A video (no longer than 2 minutes)

Up to 3 photographs

Up to 3 visual art works (drawings, models, costumes)

(Please note: In order to view video or other digital work, you must provide us with a link to view the work online or bring your own device to present it.)

WHAT YOU WILL DO AT THE AUDITION

Picture Story

You will look at 6 pictures and write a story based on the pictures. You will have up to 60 minutes to write the story. We will provide a google document for you to type the story.

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 film faculty members to have a conversation about, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Your Hansel and Gretel storyboard
  • The photograph you took of the still life
  • 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
  • A short clip from a film we provide

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