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Each semester FAVS students collaborate on location to produce a short film for the Mason Film Lab. Producing students spend class time over the semester producing the location shoot and then collaborate on set with students in Cinematography to crew the short film. The Mason Film Lab short film is directed by an experienced director, produced by Professor Lisa Thrasher and FAVS Director Giovanna Chesler, and shot by Emmy-nominated Director of Photography and Professor Hans Charles. Mason Film Lab gives students real crew experience similar to what they will experience beyond their college education. The Mason Film Lab productions will go on to film festivals nation-wide, giving FAVS students the experience of working on a complete film in every stage: from pre-production, production, post-production, to the festival circuit. #FocusCaptureCreate #FAVSGMU


JAVA co-stars Drae Campbell as Jet, a handsome artist who realizes the dark consequences of her daily routine of obsessively sketching Diana, played by George Mason School of Theater alum Rebecca Wahls. JAVA was written and directed by Giovanna Chesler and produced and crewed by 60 Film and Video Studies majors.

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