Application Information

To complete the application, please prepare a project proposal and attach it to the Project Proposal Cover Page.

  • Letter of Intent: Letter must include: financial scope; impact on teaching and administrative duties/commitments; relationship to student experience; and how it furthers your personal creative/research activities and advances your department, college, and the university’s interests. (Explanation on the bottom of the page.)
  • Department/College Letter of Support: Applicant’s letter of intent must be reviewed by chair and supported by a separate departmental letter of support. Departmental financial assistance is encouraged and reflects the department’s support of the project.
  • Project Purpose Statement: Give a short description of the project’s purpose. How is this project different or unique?
  • Cinematic Potential: Illustrate how cinematic, language, forms, structures, and techniques will be used in the project idea. How will rendering your concept or idea in a cinematic form enhance and enrich its meaning and impact? What insights in to cinematic possibilities does it offer?
  • Mentor/Student Team: One-page vitae or resume of principle team members. Teams should professionally reflect the level of experience required for the project’s distribution plan; outline/illustrate how students will be positioned in meaningful experiences and mentored by the production team. If students are not included, please explain why.
  • Treatment/Script: Outline the elements that capture the narrative, tone, and visual approach. (The university retains editorial control, depending on subject matter and the project’s distribution venue–e.g. broadcast, cable, educational, home video, etc.)
  • Budget: Detailed production budget to include development, production, and marketing/promotion costs if applicable. Who will pay for marketing and distribution costs? An standard industry budget format is preferred and will be provided.
  • Funding: The sources or fundraising plan. What benefits/controls are promised to funding sources? The committee does not have the resources to fund large projects; rather, its contribution will be considered as seed or development funding. Depending on the overall project costs, other department, college or other funding support could be important considerations.
  • Distribution/Audience Survey: Outline the specific target audience. What is the final shape and scope of the project? How will the project reach its audience? (Broadcast or re-versioning options; educational/outreach options; social networking opportunities, etc.)
  • Ownership/Rights: Overview and status clarifying content ownership and creators or other participants or financial interest in project. Applicants should be aware that the University retains interest in projects developed or produced with substantial University resources. Check with Creative Works on the university’s Intellectual Properties Policy.
  • General Information

  • Program Information

  • Funding Information

  • Applicant agrees (1) to fundraising, licensing, and insurance guidelines policies, (2) to register in an approved production related course, (3) to assume responsibility for any financial obligations, and (4) to provide faculty advisor production planning packet and daily updates during all phases of production.

  • Development Budget Request

  • Letter of Intent

Proposal Letter of Intent

*Please include contact information.

  1. What is your project idea? (The content of student proposals must be guided by the Aims of a BYU Education and LDS Church values.)
  2. Provide a short synopsis or treatment of your project idea.
  3. How will rendering your project idea in a cinematic form enhance and enrich its meaning and impact? What insights to cinematic possibilities does it offer? Why not write about it rather than make a film?
  4. Considering your role at BYU, how will this project impact your research and/or studies or the academic mission of the proposing unit? (Student applicants should address how this experience will facilitate their course of study and graduation plan.)
  5. What other existing projects have you seen that are similar to the project idea that you are proposing? What cinematic elements do they employ?
  6. Who do you see as its primary audience? How do you intend to reach it? How will it be distributed?
  7. How will this project provide valuable experience for students?  How will this proposal facilitate a collaborative student-faculty, team-mentored environment with professional expectations? If so, how? If not, why? (Student proposals should demonstrate wherever possible collaborative, inter- and intra-departmental participation.)
  8. What is your intended schedule for the project’s production?
  9.  Explain your ability and commitment to seeing the project through.
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