Filmmaking Workshop


Filmmaking Summer Workshop


Aspiring young producers and actors are invited to dive into the creative and exciting world of filmmaking. Mason Film & Video Studies Professors Lisa Thrasher and Lucy Gebre-Egziabher will cover film pre-production, production, and post-production 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!


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Ages:  11-14 years & 15-18 years (two groups)
Dates:  Depends on age group, see below
Times:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition:  $855
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building


Ages 11-14 Group
Dates: July 16-27, 2018 (two weeks)

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Ages 15-18 Group
Dates: July 30-August 10, 2018 (two weeks)

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An “After Care” 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 and add “After Care” to your cart (be sure to choose the correct week).


Lucy GebreEgziabher, Film workshops Instructor: Lucy Gebre-Egziabher (Ages 11-14 Group, July 16-27)
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.


Lisa Thrasher, Film Classes Instructor: Lisa Thrasher (Ages 15-18 Group, July 30-August 10)
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.



Alicia Rodriguez, film workshops Teaching Assistant: Alicia Rodriguez
Read about Ms. Rodriguez

Alicia Rodriguez is an upper level Undergrad at George Mason University, double majoring in Film and Video Studies (FAVS) and Integrative Studies with a concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights. Over the last two semesters in which Alicia has been in the FAVS program, she has worked on both fiction and nonfiction projects, while also working outside of school as a production assistant, camera operator, editor, and photographer for outside production companies and nonprofit organizations in the DMV area and in Guatemala. At George Mason University, her recent work includes the documentary about DC urban agriculture entitled “Cultivation and Community” which was selected to be screened at GMU’s 2018 Off the Wall event. An example of narrative work includes “Lune,” a senior project that she worked on as the editor, sound designer, and colorist which won Best Editing and Audience Award in the 2018 Mason Film Festival. Rodriguez’s intention in filmmaking largely centers around creating spaces for peoples who have been historically silenced, and her experiences with diaspora and the erasure of narratives contextualizes her approach to storytelling. Alicia plans to continue to build relationships with other filmmakers and further develop her craft during her time at George Mason University, all while making an impact with the stories she shares in film.



Ryan Judge, Film workshops Teaching Assistant: Ryan Judge
Read about Mr. Judge

Ryan Judge is a recent graduate of the Film and Video Studies program at George Mason University. While enrolled in GMU’s FAVS program, he edited multiple projects for other aspiring filmmakers as well as for himself. Examples of his own work range from a location documentary about U Street in Washington DC, an infographic video about music sampling (a short film that garnered an award from the Communication department of GMU), as well as other side projects. Ryan’s knack for empowering the messages of other filmmakers through editing their work has given him a broad range of skills by working with a diverse variety of directors. His editing can be seen in projects including senior films such as ‘Yogurt’ as well as a music driven narrative film titled ‘Cope’ (which was selected to be part of the ‘Best of FAVS’ program). Ryan has also used his time at GMU to learn multiple on set production positions including: camera assistant, gaffer, and sound mixer. These skills have been implemented not only into countless student films, but also on professional sets and while working with production companies such as ThunderShot Studios and Odyssey Productions. He has also continued to work with GMU-TV as a production assistant for the past year. Ryan hopes to take the skills he has learned from GMU FAVS and build on them by working as an editor and crew member on both narrative and non-fiction work in the future.




Steger_headshot Director: Ben Steger, Assistant Professor for Mason’s Film & Video Studies
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“My favorite part was the filming process and editing.” – Filmmaking Summer Workshop 2017 Participant

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