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Hello,

I am applying to a BFA program at the International Film School of Paris and was wondering if anyone would be willing to read over my motivation letter. Any feedback would be great as I am trying to make it as memorable to the admission committee as I can.

Some useful information about myself:
  • I would be an international student coming from the US
  • I graduated in 2009 from High School/Secondary School and attended a Community College for two years.
  • At the end of this month I will be graduating with an Associates of Arts.
I've never really written a Motivation letter, but read that it is like a cover letter you would use to when applying for a job, so I used that same format. However, I wrote this in a prose style rather than a normal letter. Remember I'm applying to an art school so I aim to have a mixture of prose and personal writing. So any critiques are welcome! I want to hear all the good, the bad, and the ugly and really get this letter to be the best that it can be.

I apologzie that it is lengthy the school has asked for a three page letter. After reading do you fell my passion? Did I use appropiate words? Does it seems realisitc and true to my heart? You may not know me personally, but do I come off that way? Let me know

Thank you for the time and the letter follows. I have not included any of the addresses and such for privacy reasons. Thanks again.

*Please note: The school in English is called The International Film School of Paris, but the acronym is in French which is EICAR.

Dear Sir/Madam:

In a room where the air was thick with excitement and chatter, there I sat with my family amongst the crowd with the same intention as everyone else—to enjoy the biggest blockbuster of the summer. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this would be a defining moment in my childhood. The lights slowly dimmed, and with grace, conversations grew silent. The theatre vibrated as the speakers rumbled; it was time. Time for me to glimpse what my future holds for me.

Eight years ago, this movie inspired me to dream, to dream about all the possibilities that could be available to me in the entertainment industry. The year was 2002, and the blockbuster hit of the summer was Spider-Man. As a young boy I sat there mesmerized by the images on the scene and felt chills running across my body. Little did I know that these chills would create an ever-growing passion for film. Sitting in that theater, I can distinctly remember fantasizing about how each scene was crafted into a convincing illusion. Still today, I am curious about what aspects go into creating that fascinating suspension of disbelief amongst the audience and it has lead me to pursue the art of filmmaking. At the young age of eleven, I was greatly influenced by people I admired. I legitimately adored the comic book superhero, but immediately understood that being him was highly unlikely. Looking back today I find it humorous that I attempted to climb walls, but have come to realize that those actions stemmed from my racing imagination. As a shy one, I longed to express myself through other personas. The comic book hero brought the desire to be an actor and experience life from a different viewpoints, different characteristics, and different personalities. I longed to be myself yet develop an ability to embrace what others thought, felt and interpret their meaning through my actions. For most of my teenage years, it was strong interest. I immediately joined my high school’s drama club and worked tirelessly in every production, and soon I began to discover myself and my interests. I learned a number of priceless skills and values from theatre, but still held a special place for film in my heart.

Although they are different mediums, I believe that theatre, film, and television are anchored in the same creative and imaginative foundation. Every vision is different, however, they are all focused on creating the suspension of disbelief, that every audience craves. Without this illusion, these mediums could never reach the critical and cultural impact they have had on the vast global culture, and among these media, film has certainly had the greatest influence. Stories have limitless interpretations and the messages within are certainly immeasurable. Visuals can influence a society, and I am deeply fond of that facet among the many in life.

The process of filmmaking to visually express an idea as a work of art has captivated me for quite some time. Creatively, the medium is beautiful in that camera angles, lights, costumes, and sets come together to convey a creative vision. Every section of film is carefully analyzed and applied for a reason, but then during the process there can be that moment of epiphany when many aspect can change. Expressing stories through film is an ever-growing artistic process that can convey so many visuals, and beautifully framed shots. However, films are more than a fantasy world, and I deeply appreciate this critical and cultural aspect the medium possesses. Critically, film has the distinctive ability to communicate several messages simultaneously. Our ability to relate to films is due to the unique way they relay cultural, social, and moral commentaries. My decision to study film production came with the recognition that it was not the comic book hero who inspired me; it was the creators working behind the lens. These features beyond the surface of images are constantly creating moments of awe with every film I watch. I grow increasingly more enthusiastic as I experience film through visualizations on screen and by creating my own stories; these occurrences support my every dream. The American higher education system has further nurtured my decision to pursue artistic training in film by providing me with opportunities to solidify my goals; however, I have an inclination to take my education one step further.

Experimentation with the medium is an experience more important than anything else, and with every passing day my passion for film grows. However, experimentation is not everything in the world of film. Theory and the ability to dissect the images and messages are just as important. I am eager to experiment, understand, and learn all aspects of filmmaking. The International Film School of Paris can provide me with this very outlet to explore and further my creative knowledge. I strongly believe that the opportunities available at the school are far more valuable culturally and creatively.

The United States has a strong educational system that provides options for individuals to become experts in their field. The abundant universities and schools all over the nation are catering to students helping them develop a strong foundation to build their expertise upon. I have learned that the American and French education systems hold their students to highest potential, which puts students in the greatest of positions. Although France and the United States can provide strong, beneficial education I have come to realize that the opportunities in France far outweigh opportunities in the United States. France is an entirely different country with different values, customs, and consequently culture. Other cultures and regions are wondrous and I am constantly traveling to experience them. As a young student, I studied internationally in a Spanish speaking country in Central America. El Salvador was an entirely different experience that was unlike any school I had been to in the United States. Now in pursuit of a higher education I am drawn to France and the opportunities to embrace a wonderfully remarkable culture and the education they can provide.

Attendance at a university is a value I find essential to crafting my aesthetics, exploring my creative potential, and aligning my goals for success. Studying film at the International Film School of Paris, will create a foundation for me to artfully build upon. The school strives to create students who are culturally diverse and strong leaders in group settings; a preparation I am extremely fond of as I aim to provide the world with culturally significant stories of heartfelt meanings. For it to be an impact on people’s lives I believe that it will come from working with others who are culturally diverse themselves. Naturally, we learn from others and EICAR provides these opportunities to establish this professional skill before embarking on future careers. Studying with others who view the world differently due to different demographics, customs, and beliefs can open my eyes and creative mind to new and exciting visions. An experience I can hardly wait to explore! In my opinion, embracing other point of views and cultures can set me apart from other American film students. Everyone has a unique vision and I believe that the International Film School of Paris provides the best opportunities for student like me.

Finally, the most important part of my education would be having the phenomenal experience to study in France, the cultural capital of the world. France puts a great deal of emphasis on their education system. The openness of the education system is very inviting and the quality attention that is put into students’ studies is exceptional. France’s cultural richness is something I crave to experience and incorporate into my lifestyle and consequently, my creative vision. I have an aspiration to embrace the culture and the beautiful language of France. Paris is known as the City of Lights, an appropriate place to study filmmaking as the life and beauty of the city can be reflected on screen. Film’s beginning has its roots in Paris and to study in a prime location for film will greatly influence my growth as a filmmaker. This is reality and France’s educational system will provide me with an artistic training that, in my opinion, will surpass any other training.

I was once inspired by a single movie to follow my dreams and make them a reality. In my career, I will strive for the same, inspiring an audience while reflecting—perhaps even influencing—our vibrant global culture.

Sincerely,
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Also same person here who posted this.

The applications asks for this:
This three page letter will very clearly explain “why” a candidate would like to study 
at The International Film School of Paris and discuss what it is that draws him/her to
filmmaking.

Hey, hope you are doing well. I know you posted this almost a decade back. I just wanted to know if you got into EICAR film school as I'm trying the same this year.

Cheers!