FAVS Featured Courses

[For Fall 2017 - last updated 03.23.2017]

FAVS 455: Virtual Studio Production

Wednesdays, 10am-1pm, email favs@gmu.edu to register

Fairfax Cable Access Corporation (d/b/a Fairfax Public Access (FPA)) is hosting a Fall 2017 class on the TriCaster Virtual Studio using the professional TriCaster 8000 series. Students will learn to operate the TriCaster 8000 for studio television productions and be prepared to take the NewTek test to become Certified Tricaster 8000 v.2 Operators.

Additionally, students will be certified to use the FPA TriCaster studio to produce programming for cablecast over FPA channels.

FPA will provide free scholarships to students who are residents of Fairfax County or the cities of Fairfax or Falls Church to cover the cost of the class ($574.95). Participating students must be(come) a member of the FPA; the membership fee is $26.

FAVS 365: Documentary Filmmaking

Mondays, 4:30-7:10pm, CRN 74419

An introduction to documentary filmmaking in which each student makes a short digital documentary, from concept development to finished piece. The class covers essential technical skills, emerging styles of nonfiction film, and documentary storytelling techniques.

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FAVS 399-007: Interactive Storytelling and Social Change

Tuesdays, 10:30am-1:10pm, CRN 81598

In Interactive Storytelling for Social Change students study the craft of transmedia storytelling while producing projects for impact and action. Transmedia is a way of telling stories across media platforms, for both fiction and non-fiction. This allows creators to engage television and film audiences for greater impact. Students will also study interactive storytelling as a readily used marketing tool in our industry.

FAVS 300: Global Horror

Mondays, 10:30am-1:10pm, CRN 78260
Fridays, 1:30-4:10pm, CRN 81163

Taking an historical approach through various national and international cinemas, the course begins with horror film’s literary and theatrical origins and traces its development into a modern (and postmodern) form of universal storytelling.

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FAVS 352: Ethics of Film and Video

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30-2:45pm, CRN 81413

Examines the relationship between ethics and the arts, focuses on the theory and practice of media authorship, and increases comprehension of how technological and social developments intersect with ethics. Students develop heightened media literacy through an analysis of representative work and revisit creative projects in order to assess and demonstrate growth in modes of thought and production.

Photo by Christian Druitt
Photo by Christian Druitt

FAVS 399-004: Advanced Cinematography

Wednesdays, 1:30-4:10pm, CRN 75549

The objective of this course is to recreate as best as possible a professional camera department environment. The class attempts to do this in two ways. First, by the end of the course, the student should be able to understand and perform the function of 1st Assistant Camera Person or 2nd Assistant Cameraperson on a camera crew. Second, the student will understand the history, function, art, craft, and science of cinematography. While these two objectives seem to contradict each other, they go hand in hand. Through instruction in on-set protocol, film viewings, visits to rental houses, and a final production in the class, the student will understand the function and form of cinematography.