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

Winners of the 2018 Mason Film Festival

LtR: Hannah Looney; Logan McKennah Brown; Erik Muendel, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Brightline Interactive; Lindsey Oblitey; and Stephen Gentry. (Not pictured: Kaidan Blackmer) Thanks to a donation from Brightline Interactive, our Film and Video Studies festival jury gave monetary awards to filmmakers in the Best of Fest (Spring and Fall), Best Drama, Best…

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Off the Wall 2018

George Mason – Off the Wall Highlight 2016 from Jim Folliard on Vimeo. OFF THE WALL Saturday, April 21, 2018 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Art and Design Building George Mason University Fairfax Campus Featuring the Mason Mural Project Mark your calendar now to experience Off the Wall, a benefit hosted by Mason’s School of Art,…

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Mason Giving Day

Mason Giving Day is next Thursday, April 5. Giving Day is a 24-hour giving celebration for all of Mason Nation. It’s a day for you to show your support by making a gift to a Mason program that resonates with you and we hope you’ll choose to support Film and Video Studies. Your donations will…

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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