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Filmmaking Workshop For High School

Summer 2021 registration will be open in February!



Aspiring young producers and actors are invited to dive into the creative and exciting world of filmmaking. Film pre-production, production, and post-production will be covered in this two-week program. Skills such as directing, videography, location sound, and editing with professional software will be taught. Students will collaborate in instructor-supervised groups to plan, shoot, and edit short films. Final projects will be premiered on the last day!


Ages:  14 – 18 (rising grades 9-12)
Dates:  July 19 – 30, 2021 (two weeks)
Times:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (M-F)
Tuition:  TBD
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building
*After Care not available for Summer 2021

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Lisa Thrasher, Film Classes
Instructor: Lisa Thrasher
Mason Film & Video Studies Professor

Read about Ms. Thrasher

Lisa Thrasher, J.D., is an Independent Film Producer, Entertainment Law Specialist and Film Professor at George Mason University. Lisa earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, focusing on Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law and studied at Parsons School of Design and Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography & Film.

At POWER UP Films, Lisa was President of Film Production & Distribution conducting all Film, TV & PSA development, production, and distribution. At 20th Century Fox, Lisa did International Anti-Piracy Litigation & Trademark Prosecution and Anti-Piracy Advocacy seated on the Motion Picture Association’s International Anti-Piracy Committee with Sony, Universal, MGM, Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros where Lisa conducted negotiations with Foreign Heads of State, including Mexico’s President Vicente Fox, to protect the Studios’ Films. Also a Film Professor/Film Festival Panelist at Chung Ang University in Seoul, Korea; The Goethe Institut in Johannesburg, South Africa and The South African Broadcasting Corp in Cape Town for Out in Africa; University at Buffalo; Ohio State University “Pop! Impact Forum;” Madrid’s Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; South by Southwest “Gender and Sexuality in Film;” and a Short Film Screener for the Sundance Film Festival. Lisa also worked on documentaries for Producer Michael Paseornek, CEO/Founder of Lion’s Gate Films, and a Reality Television Producer on “Lunch Box Heros” (NBC) starring Leslie Nielson and “Open For Business” (PBS) starring Itzhak Perlman.

Director: Ben Steger
Mason Film & Video Studies Professor




“The camp taught the filmmaking process and editing experience. As a parent, I am also glad the camp discussed the business part of filmmaking.” – Parent of Filmmaking Summer Workshop 2019 Participant

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“You really helped me discover how much I love film more than I thought I would.” – Filmmaking Summer Workshop 2018 Participant

“My favorite part was the filming process and editing.” – Filmmaking Summer Workshop 2017 Participant

“Everyone learning theory and software was my favorite part.” – Filmmaking Summer Workshop 2017 Participant




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