JULY 2022

Registration Reminders 

Registration for Fall classes is still open! Be sure to check your registration time ticket on Patriot Web and if you have not done so already, meet with your Academic Advisor, Lori Yi, to discuss scheduling questions. Book your appointment here.
Below, see some of our highlighted classes for Fall that still have open seats. 

Featured Fall 2022 Classes 

FAVS 225 Introduction to World Cinema
Professor Sam Meddis
Online Async
This survey course introduces students to movies from around the world. As art and commerce, film can change people's lives: we'll consider how films reflect and also shape different cultures and historical periods. As we study a variety of cinematic forms, we'll also think about how they pose complex intellectual and moral questions. 
FAVS 250 Business of Film
Professor Monica Bellais
Online | Wednesday 10:30am-1:10pm

This course provides an overview of the film & television industry from a business perspective. Students will learn basic filmed entertainment business practices and protocol, including film financing, copyright & trademark, anti-trust, trademark, IP licensing, Agents & Managers, Entertainment Unions & Guilds, film distribution, and marketing techniques.

FAVS 483 Feature-Length Scriptwriting
Professor Heather McDonald
Hybrid | Monday 4:30pm-7:10pm

This course is an introduction to the development and analysis of feature length screenplays. The approach combines lecture, discussion, screening and presentation of student work. By the end of the semester, each student should have a complete first draft of an original screenplay. Students will also complete story reports and coverage reports of screenplays by other writers.

Washington West Film Festival Internships 

Washington West Film Festival is looking for student interns this summer and fall who can give anywhere from 5-15 hrs/week. The internship experience can be tailored to fit specific interests and skills.  

If interested, email the Film at Mason office at for the internship application packet and more information.  

*This internship can count as FAVS 450 Internship credit.* 

Film at Mason Students Wanted for Photoshoot 

Film at Mason is holding a photoshoot the week of August 8th and looking for students interested in participating.  

Mason's Creative Services will be taking promotional images to be used for department marketing materials including our website, social media, admissions materials, and other advertisements. Images will be taken on the Fairfax campus in our labs and production spaces.  

If interested in participating, please reach out to Samantha Sinagra at Modeling experience is not required. Lunch and free Film at Mason swag will be provided. 

Alumni Spotlight

L to R: James Woolard, Andre Wilson, and Will Sidaros
Film at Mason alumni Will Sidaros (‘19), Andre Wilson (‘19), and James Woolard (‘19) recently collaborated on a feature film, Dear Luke, Love, Me, in Richmond, VA. Sidaros worked as Producer and Location Manager, Wilison served as Costume Designer, and Woolard worked as Script Supervisor. Dear Luke, Love, Me takes place spanning over a decade, where soulmates Penny and Luke struggle to maintain their queer-platonic significant-other relationship while dealing with societal pressures to find something "normal". The film is the directorial debut of Scandal actor Guillermo Diaz and is still currently in production.    

Sidaros, Wilson, and Woolard all worked on the Mason Film Lab as students. It brought back fond memories of getting to collaborate again. Sidaros says, “Working with Andre and James again was such a delight! As a producer, I often hear how individual crew members were doing on set and was so glad to hear how well James and Andre were doing in their respective roles. They were so liked by the rest of the team for their hard work ethic and attitude. To see them in their element, at the top of their game, doing what they loved made it even easier to come to set every day.”  

Sidaros has been working in the TV/ Film Industry in Richmond since graduating from George Mason. He’s worked on shows like The Walking Dead: World Beyond - S 1 & 2, Servant - S 2, & Swagger - S 1 often as the First Team Production Assistant managing the cast. He’s also written and directed his own work with talented teams in the Richmond area. 

Faculty Achievement 

Professor Lisa Thrasher’s two films El Mahal and Blue were screened at Suns Cinema in Washington, D.C. on July 19th as part of their “A Night of Shorts” program. The screening was presented by Women in Film and Video DC and featured other local filmmakers. 

El Mahal follows Jamal, a young Palestinian American who longs for his missing father on his 18th birthday. Trapped in the family convenience store, he must endure his overbearing uncle, who carries a vital family secret. 

Blue follows a father-son relationship. Stuck between his idyllic life and haunting memories of an impoverished childhood, all Blue wants to do is go fishing with his son, Daniel. But when they go fishing, the child goes missing and viewers begin to see a mystery evolving. 
Professor Benjamin Steger hosted a work-in-progress screening and discussion at The Neptune Room in Washington, D.C. on July 17th. Episodes of his documentary series Vibrations featured the music of Bali, Indonesia. To stay updated on Vibrations, you can follow the series’ website at  
Professor Peter Kimball’s short documentary “My Brother is Deaf” is screening at the National Gallery of Art as part of the Thomas Edison Film Festival on August 13th. Kimball’s film won the ADA-DEIA Award at the Festival and is now touring the country.  
Professor Hans Charles worked as cinematographer on the CW show “All-American: Homecoming” which has just been renewed for Season 2. He also worked on the documentary We Need to Talk About Cosby which was recently nominated for 4 Emmy awards

Film Opportunities and Resources  


  • GMU Career Services is looking to hire two student media coordinators. This position is open to all majors who have an interest in social media and demonstrate skills in writing, social media tools, content creation, and beginner-level graphic and video creation. The posting closes on August 8th. To apply, visit 

  • The School of Theater is hiring a part-time marketing assistant to help post content to their website and social media channels. For more information on the job responsibilities and to apply, visit The deadline is August 1st.
  • The National Museum of the Marine Corps has an opening for a part-time special assistant to work on social media platforms. To apply, visit:  

Open Submissions   

Programs, Scholarships, and Workshops 

  • Applications are open for the Minorities in Film 2022 Lab, a mentorship-based virtual lab designed to develop and accelerate the careers of underrepresented groups in film. Deadline: August 1, 2022 
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