Film at Mason

B.A. program in film Directing, Producing, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, and Screenwriting. Core co

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The Film and Video Studies Program (FAVS) offers a 120-credit multidisciplinary BA degree with concentrations in Directing/Producing, Screenwriting, and Production/PostProduction. Students study film and video production, theory, criticism, ethics, screenwriting, and business. As soon as students arrive to the program, the

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05/24/2024

Take FAVS 280: Writing for the Moving Image

Register for Fall 2024!
Multiple instructors and sections offered.
Open to all majors.

This course is an introduction to writing for the moving image through lecture, discussion, and critiques of exercises and written works. By the end of the semester, each student will have produced a variety of analyses and/or blueprints for creative moving image projects including short fiction, commercial advertisement, scripted television, collaborative fiction, short non-fiction reality programming and other forms.

05/16/2024

Take FAVS 366 Video Production for Social Change
Mondays 1:30pm-4:10pm | AB 1007

Register for fall 2024!
Open to all majors.

Video Production for Social Change reflects a professional production environment where student teams produce effective pieces for local non-profit organizations while learning storytelling skills that advance the client's mission. Students won’t only learn in a traditional classroom setting, they’ll make an impact in their community. No prior filmmaking experience required.

05/10/2024

Are you still looking for a summer or fall class? Consider FAVS 225 Introduction to World Cinema. Multiple instructors and sessions are offered in both the summer and fall semesters. Talk to your academic advisor about how these classes might fit into your schedule.

05/10/2024

Congratulations to the FAVS Class of 2024! We look forward to seeing what you all do next!

05/07/2024

Registration is now open to all students! Please remember to register for Fall 2024 courses before taking off for the summer. Don't miss out on getting the classes you need for graduation or want to take for interest!

05/02/2024

Thank you to Dr. Hughes and Mr. Lee for participating in our match challenge and supporting our Film at Mason Scholarship Fund! Thank you for helping make a difference in our students’ lives and getting us one step closer to our scholarship goal.

All monies will go to the Film at Mason Scholarship Fund to support 2024-2025 scholarships for Film majors.

04/30/2024

Thank you to Andrew Reaser for participating in our match challenge and supporting our Film at Mason Scholarship Fund! Thank you for helping make a difference in our students’ lives and getting us one step closer to our scholarship goal.

All monies will go to the Film at Mason Scholarship Fund to support 2024-2025 scholarships for Film majors.

04/30/2024

Take FAVS 399 Documentary Film Editing!

Mondays, 1:30-4:10pm | IN 233
Instructor: Professor Maura Ugarte

This three-credit course focuses on the art and craft of editing a documentary film. We will study editing theory, current trends in documentary, ethical considerations, how to shape documentary stories, and how to approach different modes of documentary storytelling.

We will also discuss technical considerations such as workflow, incorporating archival material, use of sound and visual effects. This course will utilize Adobe software primarily.

04/27/2024

Shoutout to W***y Meaux for participating in our match challenge and supporting our Film at Mason Scholarship Fund! Thank you for helping make a difference in our students’ lives and getting us one step closer to our scholarship goal.

All monies will go to the Film at Mason Scholarship Fund to support 2024-2025 scholarships for Film majors. The challenge continues at the Mason Film Festival!

Give today! Text GIVE2FILM to 41444 or visit the following link to donate: https://ow.ly/WXwR50RlsCm

04/27/2024

TODAY! Saturday, April 27th is the last day of our 2024 Mason Film Festival. Join us in the Johnson Center Cinema on Mason's Fairfax Campus for the Senior Showcase.

Tickets are SOLD OUT!

If you were not able to register and would like to attend, you are invited to view the livestream of the event in the Johnson Center Gold Room at 3:00 pm. The Gold Room is also located on the Ground Floor of the Johnson Center (signage will be available).

Schedule:
2:00 pm - Check-in begins
3:00 pm - Senior Showcase
7:15 pm - Awards Ceremony (JC Bistro)

Parking:
Hourly parking is available in the Mason Pond Parking Deck (4500 Aquia Creek Lane, Fairfax, VA 22030), adjacent to the Johnson Center.

Getting to the Johnson Center Cinema from the Mason Pond Parking Deck:
-Exit the parking deck on the ground level near the Mason statue.
-Enter the Johnson Center to the right of the Mason statue.
-Go down one level to the ground floor. The Cinema is to the left of Starbucks.

Photos from Film at Mason's post 04/26/2024

Days 1-3 of the Mason Film Festival were a success!

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 27 is the last day of our 2024 Mason Film Festival! Join us in the Johnson Center Cinema as we celebrate our graduating seniors who will be presenting their thesis films.

Tickets for the Senior Showcase tomorrow are SOLD OUT! For those who successfully registered in advance, check-in begins at 2 pm on Saturday in the lobby of the JC Cinema (Ground Floor of the Johnson Center). The event starts at 3pm.

If you were not able to register for the senior showcase, you are invited to attend the livestream of the event in the Johnson Center Gold Room on Mason's Fairfax campus. The livestream will begin at 3 pm and will feature all the senior films as well as the post-screening Q&A.

Photo Credit: Sae Jong Jordan / Kajwan Alavi

04/22/2024

Thank you to our supporters who have participated in our scholarship match challenge and have donated towards Film at Mason scholarships so far!

The challenge will continue at the Mason Film Festival taking place today, Monday, April 22 - Wednesday, April 24 and Saturday April 27th.

We hope you consider making a donation to help us reach our goal.
Text GIVE2FILM to 41444 or click the link in our bio.

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04/20/2024

"A collection of vignettes exploring the vast and varied experiences of those who study the ocean, its history, and how the planet and its seas have changed over thousands, millions, and billions of years. These scientists and educators not only bring their expertise in their fields, but also their immeasurable fascination and love for what they do."

The Sea Before Us: An Anthology of Passion and Awe, a film by student director Em Herman screens during the Senior Showcase on Saturday, April 27, during the Mason Film Festival.

The Mason Film Festival is coming up on Monday!
April 22, 23, 24, and 27th in the Johnson Center Cinema

Learn more: https://film.gmu.edu/events/annual-mason-film-festival

Get tickets on Mason 360: https://mason360.gmu.edu/events?group_ids=49130

04/20/2024

"Ellison and his group of friends go to his estranged family's farmhouse only to find it abandoned, with someone or something lurking in the woods."

If You Hear The Bells, It's Too Late!, a film by student director Marko Djordjevic screens during the Senior Showcase on Saturday, April 27, during the Mason Film Festival.

The Mason Film Festival is coming up on Monday!
April 22, 23, 24, and 27th in the Johnson Center Cinema

Learn more: https://film.gmu.edu/events/annual-mason-film-festival

Get tickets on Mason 360: https://mason360.gmu.edu/events?group_ids=49130

04/19/2024

"After misplacing his wallet, a man tries to shoplift a bottle of wine to impress his new girlfriend, but runs into trouble while trying to steal from the grocery store."

Red-Handed, a film by student director Brian Hearsey screens during the Senior Showcase on Saturday, April 27, during the Mason Film Festival.

The Mason Film Festival is coming up on Monday!
April 22, 23, 24, and 27th in the Johnson Center Cinema

Learn more: https://film.gmu.edu/events/annual-mason-film-festival

Get tickets on Mason 360: https://mason360.gmu.edu/events?group_ids=49130

04/18/2024

"Unexpectedly, Rose a former lover of Casey's shows up at his apartment after disappearing for months."

Rules and Roses, a film by student director Lance Christian Santiago Maldonado screens during the Senior Showcase on Saturday, April 27, during the Mason Film Festival.

The Mason Film Festival begins this upcoming Monday!
April 22, 23, 24, and 27th

Learn more: https://film.gmu.edu/events/annual-mason-film-festival

Register on Mason 360: https://mason360.gmu.edu/events?group_ids=49130

04/16/2024

Take FAVS 399: Elections, Issues, and Films

Register for Fall 2024!

Thursdays, 1:30-4:10 | Planet 224
Instructor: Professor Samirah Alkassim

In this class, students explore fiction and non-fiction films that reflect major concerns during an American presidential election year. These concerns connect to the foundational mythology of American democracy and are reflected in issues such as health care, lobbies, immigration reform, climate change, surveillance, and civil and human rights. Films include James DeMonaco’s The Purge: Election Year, Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, Laura Poitras’s Citizen Four, Ava DuVernay’s 13th, and Jose Antonio Rodriguez’s Documented.

04/15/2024

"A young college girl plans to get rid of her plush toys, but a relative from the past will make her reflect on her decision."

Dust Bunny, a film by student director Uris Delgado screens during the Senior Showcase on Saturday, April 27, during the Mason Film Festival.

The Mason Film Festival is one week away! Join us on April 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 27th.

Learn more: https://film.gmu.edu/events/annual-mason-film-festival

Register on Mason 360: https://mason360.gmu.edu/events?group_ids=49130

04/15/2024

"The film follows a q***r college student attempting to balance his consciousness, who goes on a rampage while seeking vengeance."

Vermilion Wildfire, a film by student director Roberto Ferrara screens during the Senior Showcase on Saturday, April 27, during the Mason Film Festival.

The Mason Film Festival is one week away! Join us on April 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 27th.

Learn more: https://film.gmu.edu/events/annual-mason-film-festival

Reserve your tickets on Mason 360: https://mason360.gmu.edu/events?group_ids=49130

04/09/2024

Have you admired our Mason Film Festival poster? School of Art student Emily Rehr came up with the design!

Emily is graduating with a B.F.A in Graphic Design (spring, class of 2024). She currently works as a photographer and graphic design assistant with the New Student and Family Programs office and as an assistant trip leader for Outdoor Adventures. Emily has a background in design and photography and hopes to combine her strengths with her interests in environmentalism and wildlife. In her spare time she loves to read, rock climb, and hike. She plans to purse design after college, hoping to work amongst local conservation groups or with the National Parks Service.

Be sure to join us for our Mason Film Festival on April 22, 23, 24 and 27.

More information can be found on our website at https://film.gmu.edu/events/annual-mason-film-festival.

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04/04/2024

Join us for a special screening of Confessions of a Good Samaritan, followed by a fun and engaging Q&A with award-winning Director, Penny Lane.

Monday, April 8 at 5 pm in the Johnson Center Cinema
Free and open to the public

Confessions of a Good Samaritan documents filmmaker Penny Lane’s unexpectedly funny, intimate, and provocative quest to understand the nature of altruism after donating her kidney to a stranger. As she navigates the social, medical, and personal complexities of that choice, she delves into some of humanity’s biggest mysteries in this expansive, whimsical, and revelatory film.

The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2023, where it won the Special Recognition HOPE AWARD.

Reserve your FREE ticket now on Mason 360.
https://mason360.gmu.edu/VFS/rsvp_boot?id=2261256

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04/03/2024

What is your vision for Film at Mason? Our vision is to see every student succeed and afford to stay enrolled by receiving scholarships.

To make our vision a reality, join our $5,000 Mason Vision Day Matching Challenge!

To get our fundraising started, W***y Meaux, an Arts at Mason Board member, is matching every dollar up to $2,500. This means your gift will be doubled, making it twice as impactful!

Can we count on YOU to support our deserving students?

To give, text GIVE2FILM to 41444 or visit: https://cvpa.gmu.edu/give/mason-vision-day

04/02/2024

Filmmaker Spotlight: Penny Lane, documentary film director and Director of Confessions of a Good Samaritan.

Penny Lane has been making award-winning, innovative films for over a decade. This includes six features -- most recently Confessions of a Good Samaritan, premiering at SXSW 2023. A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, Lane has also received grants and awards from the Sundance Film Festival, Cinereach, Creative Capital, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, Wexner Center for the Arts and many others.

Penny has been honored with mid-career retrospectives at the Museum of the Moving Image, San Francisco DocFest, Open City Documentary Festival and Cinema Moderne. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Penny's previous films include Listening to Kenny G (Toronto 2021) for HBO, The Pain of Others (Rotterdam 2018), NUTS! (Sundance 2016) and Our Nixon (Rotterdam 2013). She currently works full time as a film director and co-founder of Spinning Nancy; a documentary production company. She and co-founder Gabriel Sedgwick recently Executive Produced their first project, TIME BOMB Y2K, an HBO Documentary Film.

Mason’s Visiting Filmmakers Series is pleased to welcome filmmaker Penny Lane to campus for a screening and discussion of Confessions of a Good Samaritan, which documents her personal quest to understand the nature of altruism after donating her kidney to a stranger.

Monday, April 8 at 5 pm in the Johnson Center Cinema
Free and open to the public

Reserve your ticket now on Mason 360.
https://mason360.gmu.edu/VFS/rsvp_boot?id=2261256

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Why Film at Mason?

George Mason University’s Film and Video Studies program is the first multidisciplinary undergraduate degree in filmmaking in Virginia. With 200 students, we offer a B.A.in Film and Video Studies with concentrations in Directing, Producing, Production (Cinematography), Post-Production (Editing and Sound), and Screenwriting. Each concentration includes a business course, ethics course and capstone experience where students are mentored by faculty on original projects in their senior year that prepare them for work as professional media makers. Film at Mason is driven by an independent film spirit. Faculty are keen to increase self-reflexivity and cross-cultural understanding in our students. We inspire students to work collaboratively and explore a variety of filmmaking styles and techniques. Creative solutions and original thinking are paramount.

Film at Mason faculty are working professionals, award-winning independent filmmakers, award-winning educators, and published scholars. Their films have been exhibited worldwide at juried festivals, on public television and cable networks. As cinematographers, editors, and producers-for-hire, our faculty and adjuncts faculty work with the best in the industry on theatrical films, documentaries for broadcast, commercials, music videos and scripted television. Housed in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Film and Video Studies is a collaborative program which also includes courses taught by professionals in Theater, Visual Arts, Communication, English, Film and Media Studies, among others. Film students learn from professionals making work now, which informs their own development as visual storytellers. By studying film history, theory and ethics from nationally recognized film critics and scholars, students learn to see moving images in new ways while honing their skills in written expression and criticism of film form. Production and editing facilities include a Black Box theater space where students can build a film set for a junior or senior level production, a post-production work space with stations that include Final Cut Pro and the Adobe Creative Suite, and a range of cameras, sound and lighting equipment for location and studio-based productions. George Mason University STAR Lab in the Johnson Center includes a three-camera studio with lighting grid, green screen, and digital switching system solely for student use. The STAR Lab also has equipment checkout, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite and Avid editing stations for students.

The Film at Mason program has relationships with regional production and post-production houses, equipment rental facilities, film festivals, cable networks, casting agencies, television studios, professional media production organizations, professional sports teams, and companies large and small that we partner with in various capacities. We facilitate student exhibitions at regional film festivals. Our students have completed professionalizing internships at over 200 sites in the DC/ Virginia/ Maryland area. Film at Mason graduates find employment after graduation - doing work in media production or starting their own film companies using business skills learned in the program.

Film students participate in a wide-variety of professionalizing experiences including the Mason Film Lab, where each semester Film students collaborate with an experienced director to produce a short film on location. Student organizations enrich the Film at Mason experience and include Delta Kappa Alpha Iota Chapter – the Professional Cinematic Arts Fraternity, Mason Cable Network - a student-operated run television network, Fourth Estate – the student run newspaper that includes a video channel with student-produced content, among many other organizations. Film at Mason staff support students through personalized academic advising, program communication, production of our three annual student film events: the three day Mason Film Festival, Film at Mason Fall Showcase, and the annual Best of Film at Mason. Our Film Advisory Board of film supporters and professionals advise students on their senior projects, mentor graduates on career development, and support the Film Scholarship and Pitch Awards – monetary awards recognizing Film at Mason student achievement.

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