I'm a sophomore in high school, and I'm starting to worry about college. I plan to go to film school in the future, with emphasis on either directing or cinematography, USC SCA being my top choice (of course). I have straight As, 4.0 un weighted GPA, 4.3 weighted. My PSAT score is 175, which is really bad, so I'm working hard to improve it.
I've been looking at the application requirements, and I'm very worried about the visual sample. I hear it's the most important, but I have no film experience whatsoever. I've got pages of ideas, storyboards, etc. But I have never actually filmed anything with a camera. This is mostly because I don't have many resources (actors, cameras, etc) or technical knowledge.
Aside from that, I do have a screenwriting tutor outside of school, but seeing as I plan to major in production, I don't know how much that will help. Most of my "film experience" is pre-production stuff. I get the script written, storyboard everything, and I can't really go farther than that. I kind of live in development hell.
I also have a sister currently attending USC Roski, but she isn't exactly a star student (mostly Bs), so I don't know if that will hurt or improve my chances.
I would really appreciate some advice on what to do at this point. I'm mostly worried about the visual sample. Is it possible for me to get in even though I don't have much hands on experience? Which part of the application is most important? What should I do to improve? My goodness, I'm freaking out.