SPRING 2022 UPDATE:
CAP Club is prepared and ready for another exciting in-person semester at Berkeley! Like the rest of Berkeley, we are prepared to be fully compliant with all COVID protocol and are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation surrounding campus. We are planning to table both physically and virtually at Calapalooza, and look forward to starting in-person club activities two weeks after the start of instruction. Our applications have opened now, and are due on January 31, 2022. We hope that this semester, you will join us in making the best short films that we have ever made.
To offer a little more insight about how our club works, we will be hosting two info sessions at 8:00pm PST on Tuesday, January 25th and Friday, January 28th, respectively. We'll cover topics including our film development cycles, our application process (recruitment, interviews, etc.), our community events, and answering any questions you might have for us! The info sessions will both be on Zoom—being outside in the dark is not fun! We are expecting the sessions to last between 45-60 minutes. See you there!
Cinematic Arts and Production Club welcomes any current student of the University of California, Berkeley to submit an application. Any student who wants a unique experience to make movies with fellow like-minded students from the Berkeley community are encouraged to apply. No prior film experience or otherwise is required.
We evaluate each candidate on a holistic basis and consider all aspects of his/her application, including but not limited to a written application, interviews, and organizational fit.
CAP Club's semesterly recruitment process is primarily composed of three stages: written application, interviews, and a development period. We want to see your passion and dedication to film and the filmmaking process!
Application: The written application will be open for students two weeks prior to the beginning of each semester, while we will stop reading applications roughly two weeks after the first day of instruction. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis during this one-month timeframe. This semester, the application is due on January 31, 2022.
>APPLICATIONS CLOSED UNTIL FALL 2022
Interviews: Selected candidates will be asked to interview with either one Board/General member or a group of members, where the candidate will be asked to answer several behavioral and case-related interview questions. Details for the interview will be provided to selected candidates approximately one week after the written application deadline.
Development Period: Candidates may be invited to join the organization upon the completion of their interviews, based on Board discretion. New Members admitted into the organization must complete a development period that will last 4 weeks, where they will participate in a shortened version of our regular filmmaking cycle designed to teach the fundamentals of film development. Detailed information will be provided to those who are admitted past the interviews.
Finally, once New Members have completed the final stage in our recruitment process, the Executive Board will make final decisions. New Members will receive General Membership status and will be eligible to run for a Board position in the following semester.
Can I apply to CAP Club if I am not a Film major?
Yes! Our members come from all walks of life. We pride ourself on being inclusive of all, regardless of academics, personal identity, or filmmaking experience. We welcome all students at UC Berkeley to apply.
How long does Development Month last?
Development Month fluctuates depending on the academic calendar for a given semester. Our goal is four weeks, but this may be subject to change depending on the academic calendar each semester. Development Month is mandatory for all new members.
If I am not selected, can I apply again next semester?
Yes! If you are not selected, we encourage you to apply again. We try to take on as many new members as possible, but sometimes our organizational demands influence the number of applicants we are able to accept each semester.
How much time should I spend on CAP Club?
Depending on what stage of film production we are in, the demands of CAP Club fluctuate weekly. In addition, since much of the work is self-dictated, the quality of your film often depends on how much time you can set aside for CAP. During the most intense stages of production, you might expect to spend up to 10-15 hours/week perfecting your work!