Aspiring young producers and actors (rising Grades 6-8) 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 fictional films. Final projects will be premiered on the last day!
Ages: 11-14 years Dates: July 8-19, 2019 (two weeks) Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M-F) Tuition: $855 Location:Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building
An “Extended Day” option is available for this program from 4-6 pm for $90/week, located in Mason’s Performing Arts Building and staffed by the Academy’s Summer Staff. After registering for this program (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for “Extended Day” or “After Care”, choose the corresponding week, and add to your cart – or Register Here separately.
Instructor: Lucy Gebre-Egziabher Read about Ms. Gebre-Egziabher
Lucy Gebre-Egziabher is an award winning, independent filmmaker and a Fulbright Scholar who lives in Falls Church, VA. She earned a MFA degree in Film from Howard University and a BS degree in Communications & International Relations from Wilson College. Lucy produced & directed narrative films as well as organizational videos under Teret Productions, a production company she founded in 1999. Along with teaching at Mason, she is an Assistant Professor at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), Alexandria Campus, in the Communication Studies & Theatre Department; she teaches Screenwriting, Film Directing as well as classes in Film History, Theory & Criticism. Lucy is currently co-writing a script for a feature film project that she will direct in Virginia.
Teaching Assistant: Matthew Vargas Read about Mr. Vargas
Matthew Vargas is a student videographer, editor, and producer enrolled as a senior in George Mason University’s Film and Video Studies program. He graduated and transferred from Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) in 2017 with an Associates of Fine Arts degree to George Mason University in pursuit of knowledge related to the business, legal, and creative aspects of the film and television industry. Previously, Matthew has produced and directed his own narrative-fiction work which was screened at the 2016, 2017, and 2018 NVCC Student Film Festival. Matthew is currently producing a documentary series about the educational system of America with his partner and friend Rodrigo Vasquez. Matthew is also producing his own senior thesis film at George Mason University, which is a story in tribute to his grandmother. Matthew finds fulfillment in activist filmmaking, and plans to continue producing work that makes light of issues in our society, government, and world.
Teaching Assistant: Jesse Benitez Read about Ms. Benitez
Jesaline “Jesse” Benitez is currently a sophomore at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She is pursuing a degree in Film and Video Studies with a concentration in Producing and Directing. Since her early high school days, Jesse has continued to take part in the filmmaking process through her work in documentaries, fiction shorts, and freelance projects. Throughout her college career, she’s taken initiative in screenwriting, cinematography, and lighting. Along with storytelling, Jesse ventures into other creative endeavors ranging from writing, art, radio, and music production. She believes these creative outlets are imperative for expressing original thought that could help provide a change in perspective for the world.
Director: Ben Steger, Mason Film & Video Studies Professor Email questions to email@example.com
All students will receive a Filmmaking Workshop / Middle School Welcome 2019 via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc. Feel free to call the Academy office with questions at 703-993-9889.