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Film Portfolio

Film portfolios give Cornish the chance to see the passion and commitment to your artistic work and creative process. Applicants applying to major in Film should submit work that best represent your artistic ability, creativity, and commitment. Additional, Film applicant’s are required to add at least two of the three prompts (under requirements) as part of their portfolio.


Your film portfolio should include projects made from the following prompts.

In addition, applicants are encouraged to add any additional work or media. Traditional, new media, or a combination are welcome. Also welcome are examples of your sketchbook, process book, reflective journals, works-in-progress, and other items that can help inform us of your creative process and influences.

Film Program Prompts

  1. Film a scene of up to two minutes that uses a single light source to light a conversation between two people. Choose the location with some care: diner, living room, kitchen, public park? Your goal with the conversation: neither person is willing to say what they really mean. Give it some emotional resonance.
  2. Write a 3-5 page scene set in a single location such as a kitchen, a diner, a party, a car. Two characters are talking, but neither is really paying attention to what the other person is saying. This could be comic or dramatic. Use standard screenplay formatting if possible.
  3. Find twelve to fifteen slides of a family from a site like The photos should compel you, hold your interest. Download them and lay the pictures out on a timeline (in Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro) and write a story about them that helps you to say what the family story is. Record your own voice telling the story and lay that on the timeline, too, adding pauses and other sounds as they make sense for texture, ambiance, or emotional power.

National Portfolio Day

We welcome the opportunity to meet you in person or online and review your work before submission. Look for Cornish at the National Portfolio Day or schedule an online appointment with an admission counselor here.