Hello, I'm a senior in high school who is going to be applying to Columbia, and I've got a question regarding the portfolio. So I'm considering applying for Cinema studies (not film/tv production, I'm more interested in watching and analyzing films), but do I need to fill out a portfolio for it? The "Film" portfolio on Columbia's SlideRoom is the production one.
For instance, NYU has portfolios separately for production and studies; you need to write an essay on a film/director for studies while you need to provide movies you have made for film/TV production:
NYU Cinema Studies
NYU Film & TV
But Columbia has only one portfolio option about "film":
I have written dozens and dozens of essays on arthouse films I've watched over my high school to prove, but I've never made a short film or some sort myself because I didn't have the budget nor the people willing to work with me. I hope my question makes sense and please tell me if there is a better place to ask such question.