Archive for the ‘University’ Tag

Pusan West Film Fest

Last weekend the Pusan West FF occured at Chapman University in Orange, CA. I’ll be brief… it was awesome.

Some pictures I took

Some pictures I took




Secret Project Post #1

For those of you who know me, I try to do at least one ‘filmmaking’ project per summer since I graduated.  Two years ago, I was “On the Lot” and last year I created the “New Media Recruitment initiative for Chapman University.”

This summer I’ve been working on the ‘secret project’ which I’ll post a trailer for hopefully in a few weeks.  I just finished capturing footage from this summer’s shoot.

::more to come::


Film Studies – Career of the Future?

As the entire world moves more and more toward moving images, is a career in film studies the way of the future?  The internet is taking over for newspapers and magazines, and advertisements on hand held/mobile devices are certainty right around the corner.  The visual language seems to be the voice of the future – what say you?

-David May

Common/Universial College Applications

The University that I work at is switching to the Common Application this year and overall I feel pretty good about that.

I am in the Las Vegas airport coming home from the WACAC conference right now and one of the sessions I went to was about the Universal Application which is similar to the Common Application in that it is an application that students can fill out once and submit to many schools. It is possible for a College or University to use only one of these applications making them an “exclusive member” of that particular application group, or it’s possible for a College or University to use these applications (both in some cases) as well as their own applications providing students many different ways to apply.

As someone who reads applications for a University, I think it’s interesting to watch the evolution of applying to colleges. Back in the day, the students would have to fill out a number of different applications and the College/University would only have to read an application in the form they were use to. We seem to be moving in a direction where the students have to fill out only one application and the Admission Counselors at the College/University are going to be expected to read various types of applications; familiarizing themselves with multiple formats which will (even just a little) slow down the reading process.

I don’t have any serious issues with the world moving in this direction. I do think it should be as easy as possible for folks to apply to college, and I don’t mind if that means I have to read various types of applications but it is interesting to watch that transition.


David May’s “On the Lot” expierence

I’ve been asked by some friends to blog about “On the Lot.”

For those of you who are not familiar with OTL, I’ll offer a quick explanation. Basically, it was a show produced by Steven Spielberg, Mark Burnett, and David Goffin that was intended to be sort of like the “American Idol” for filmmakers; the search for the next “great American Filmmaker.” The show was on Fox on the summer of 2007 and I was one of the contestants.

Naturally, there are lots of things that I really just can’t blog about; I’ve been sworn to secrecy. What I can say is that it was definitely an adventure that I won’t soon forget. I started the application process in October of 2006 by submitting a short film that I created at Chapman University entitled “Fetch.” While at the Denver Starz International Film Festival with my most recent short, “Itsy Bitsy” I received a phone call from the “On the Lot” staff. I was very excited. After that, I followed their instructions until they lead me “On the Lot.”

That’s the long and the short of it, anyway. Feel free to ask me questions if you like, and the questions that I can answer, I will.


David May - On the Lot

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…an interactive webisode.

I just finished a trailer for a new project I’m working on and I’d love feedback from cyberspace.

Remember those “choose your own adventure” books you read when you were a kid? I thought it would be fun to do a “choose your fate” movie. It’s not edited yet, but we have filmed “pilot episode” and the trailer is available at I’m also including it below:

Please don’t hesitate to give me some feedback. I’ll be sure to post a new blog when the final product is finished.