Mason Spirit Highlights Film and Video Studies

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Program Overview

Film and Videos Studies (FAVS) at George Mason University engages students in the creation, production and post-production of fiction, documentary and experimental styles of film and video and its parallel forms, including television, transmedia, mobile and web media through our interdisciplinary Bachelors of Arts degree. 

Choose a Specialization

FAVS offers a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Producing and Directing, Cinematography, Editing and Sound, and Screenwriting.

In-Depth Study

Program emphasizes ethics, film and media studies, and business and industry practices.

Industry Opportunities

FAVS students work with over 120 regional film companies and organizations in professionalizing internship opportunities.

National Recognition

FAVS students are winning awards at juried film festivals and are earning national professional industry awards.

Student Showcases

Student showcases include the Mason Film Festival each spring, Best of FAVS in September, the Fall Film Showcase, and in FAVS spotlight programs at local film festivals.

Contact Us

Contact us by email at favs@gmu.edu

Or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook at FAVSGMU       Twitter @FAVS_GMU

Donate to FAVS

You can give online to the College of Visual and Performing Arts.  Choose to donate directly to the Film and Video Scholarship Fund or to Program Support (or both!).  Help keep FAVS great!

Screenings

Best of Film at Mason

The Best of Film at Mason Highlighting award-winning student films Friday, September 7th 3-5 pm, Harris Theatre Free and open to the public The Best of Film at Mason is a showcase of recent notable and award-winning films. From heartfelt to heartbreaking intermediate and Senior fiction films, to poignant intermediate and beginning level documentary shorts,…

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Recent News

Giovanna Chesler on the State of the Oscars

News at Mason speaks to Film and Video Studies Director and Associate Professor Giovanna Chesler on the state of the Oscars, #MeToo, #TimesUp and #OscarsSoWhite. Read the article: Mason professor assesses state of the Oscars.   See if any progress has been made since last year by reading Prof. Chesler’s assessment of the 2017 Oscars…

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Chinatown Doc to Screen in Arlington

Scene from the documentary CHINATOWN, directed by Yi Chen. Women in Film and Video continues its Locavore Film Series Wednesday, January 17, at 7:30 pm at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Screening will include Film and Video Studies Adjunct Professor Yi Chen’s documentary CHINATOWN. Tickets available here. Film and Video Studies Adjunct Professor Yi Chen.

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Support Film and Video Studies for Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day to support the programs that make a difference in your life and in your community. We hope that you consider Film and Video Studies at George Mason University one of those special places in the filmmaking community. Now, more than ever before, it is critical that we as artists…

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Message from the Director

Photo by Evan Cantwell

Photo by Evan Cantwell

Welcome!

Each year, the Film and Video Studies Program focuses on a theme that resonates through our programming, our classrooms, and our thinking about cinematic storytelling and the study of our media industries. The students have voted and this year’s theme is #CrewUp

In our program, we offer concentrations in Directing, Producing, Cinematography, Sound, Editing and Screenwriting to over 200 undergraduate students. Our student filmmakers study the processes of cinematic storytelling that includes development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. This year’s theme captures the importance of working together to make our films happen.

We began the year with our Welcome Back / Production Fair where students, new and seasoned, signed on to work on each others’ crews. Crewing up with new faces gives more students opportunities to try out new technical and producing roles and explore cinematic storytelling through sound, light, producing, and art departments. Trying something new is central to the learning process and that includes choosing whom you want to work with. In a recent essay in Moviemaker Magazine, director DeMane Davis encouraged inclusive crewing, “When I think of ‘inclusive crew’ on a practical level, I think it means including people you normally wouldn’t include in your creative process…Including new people will only make whatever you’re making better.”

For Film at Mason, crewing up includes faculty and students working together. This fall, our Mason Film Lab welcomes showrunner and director Colette Burson (Hung, The Riches, Little Black Boot). Students in Producing, Cinematography and Sound will join the crew and shoot an original short film by Burson over three days. Meanwhile, our Mason Film Lab films from previous semesters (collaborations and learning opportunities between faculty, students and guest directors) are exhibiting and being submitted to festivals as I type. Professor Benjamin Steger continues to move forward on a documentary series, Vibrations, through collaborations with his student editors Donovan Jones and Austin Crooch. And for a sneak peek behind the scenes of our recent faculty-student collaboration, The Pick Up, check out this video edited by Amanda Bowen (FAVS, BA '17) and Britney Flores (FAVS, BA '18). In our Fall Showcase we will feature faculty-student collaborations from Pompeii, Italy to Kosovo to Nepal.

I encourage you to visit our program and reach out to our academic advisor if you are interested in applying. We represent one of most diverse educational communities of cinematic storytellers in the country. With 140 student films shooting each year, there are ample ways in Film at Mason for you to find your crew and explore your role on set.

#CrewUp #FilmAtMason