Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Bali, Indonesia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 12, 6, 9 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, General Public
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Film and Video Studies
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

The Art & Business of Filmmaking in Bali

Indonesia, Summer 2022

Bali - Indonesia

Program Overview

Professors Steger and Thrasher working abroad in Cambodia on the Vibrations documentary series.
Professors Steger and Thrasher working abroad in Cambodia on the Vibrations documentary series.

This exciting study abroad experience offers several different opportunities for students to develop and hone their filmmaking knowledge and skills based on their particular interests and level of filmmaking experience. Led by award-winning filmmakers, documentarian Benjamin Steger and Hollywood film producer Lisa Thrasher, students have the opportunity to learn the art, technologies, and business of filmmaking in the heart of Bali: home to some of the oldest and richest artistic traditions in the world. Working in teams, short documentaries will be produced, filmed and edited over the course of the six-week program. Students will collaborate with Balinese students and artists while exploring the rich cultures, vast natural beauty, and lovely beaches of this hospitable island paradise. Culturally immersive activities include visits to art museums, temples, the Bali Arts Festival, and the Tepi Sawah Indonesian Music Festival, as well as surfing lessons, snorkeling, Bahasa language instruction, and traditional Balinese dance and music instruction. No prior filmmaking experience is required to participate.

Programs: 


Intro to Film and Video Production – This program is geared for the beginning filmmaker. Learn about cinema’s origins, the innovative film movements of the 20th century, and imminent filmmakers from around the globe in FAVS 225 - History of World Cinema (this course fulfills the Mason Core requirement for the Arts). Learn the cinematography and video editing skills you need to make top-notch videos that will stand-out in any class or profession in FAVS 255 - Video Production for Film while gaining experience working as a crew member on documentary teams. Taught by Benjamin Steger.
 
Film Producing - If you want to learn how the motion picture industry operates and if you want to gain real-world experience producing films, then this program is for you. In FAVS 250 - Business of Film and Video you’ll get a comprehensive overview of film financing, copyright, distribution, and marketing. In FAVS 311 – Producing 1 you’ll learn budgeting, scheduling, financing, and management and gain experience as a field producer working with a documentary team. Taught by Lisa Thrasher.
 
Cross-cultural Documentary Production – This program is geared for curious students that thirst for deeper and experiential knowledge of world cultures. Ideal for anthropology, sociology, communication and film students (and documentary aficionados from any walk of life) this program takes you through the fundamentals of filmmaking in FAVS 255 – Video Production for Film and the joys and challenges of documentary production in FAVS 365 – Documentary Filmmaking, where you’ll get real world experience collaborating with Balinese students in making short documentary films. Taught by Benjamin Steger, director of the world music documentary series, Vibrations.
 
Immersive Filmmaking Bootcamp - Are you ready to dive in headfirst! Earn a Certificate in Film Producing and Cross-cultural Documentary Production while earning 12 credit hours in this intensive study-abroad experience! Ideal for traditional and non-traditional students alike, this is an opportunity to jumpstart your journey as a filmmaker while having the unique opportunity to collaborate with Balinese students on documentary productions. Courses include FAVS 250 - Business of Film and Video, FAVS 255 - Video Production for Film, FAVS 311 – Producing, and FAVS 365 - Documentary Filmmaking.

View Trailer
 

Websitehttps://www.vibrationstv.com/
 

Program Highlights: 

  • Art museums, Temple Visits, Bali Arts Festival, Tepi Sawah Indonesian Music Festival, Surfing lessons, Snorkeling, Bahasa Language Instruction, Traditional Dance and Music Lessons 

Eligibility 

All undergraduate students are welcome to apply including students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum 2.25 GPA.

6-12 Credits

Course Options

Undergraduate credits:

  • FAVS 225 - History of World Cinema 
  • FAVS 250 – Business of Film
  • FAVS 255 – Video Production for Film  
  • FAVS 311 – Producing
  • FAVS 365 – Documentary Filmmaking
*Please note that FAVS 225 – History of World Cinema will be taught asynchronous, online during weeks 1 - 5.
 

Program Dates: 

Summer 2022: TBD

Tentative Itinerary 

Week 1

Day 1: Arrive in Bali
Day 2: On-site Orientation
Day 3: Business of Film, Thrasher, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 4: Video Production for Film, Steger, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 5: Producing, Thrasher, 10 am – 4:40 pm & Documentary Filmmaking, Steger, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm) 
Day 6: Excursion/activity/cultural immersion
Day 7 - 9: Homework, Production, Free time
 

Week 2

Day 10: Business of Film, Thrasher, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 11: Video Production for Film, Steger, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 12: Producing, Thrasher, 10 am – 4:40 pm & Documentary Filmmaking, Steger, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 13: Excursion/activity/cultural immersion
Day 14 – 16: Homework, Production, Free time
 

Week 3

Day 17: Business of Film, Thrasher, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 18: Video Production for Film, Steger, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 19: Producing, Thrasher, 10 am – 4:40 pm & Documentary Filmmaking, Steger, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 20: Excursion/activity/cultural immersion
Day 21 – 23: Homework, Production, Free time
 

Week 4

Day 24: Business of Film, Thrasher, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 25: Video Production for Film, Steger, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 26: Producing, Thrasher, 10 am – 4:40 pm & Documentary Filmmaking, Steger, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm) 
Day 27: Excursion/activity/cultural immersion
Day 28 – 30: Homework, Production, Free time
 

Week 5

Day 31: Business of Film, Thrasher, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 32: Video Production for Film, Steger, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 33: Producing, Thrasher, 10 am – 4:40 pm & Documentary Filmmaking, Steger, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 34: Excursion/activity/cultural immersion
Day 35 – 37: Homework, Production, Free time
 

Week 6

Day 38: Business of Film, Thrasher, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 39: Video Production for Film, Steger, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 40: Producing, Thrasher, 10 am – 4:40 pm & Documentary Filmmaking, Steger, 10 am – 4:40 pm (lunch break 12:40 – 2 pm)
Day 41: Film Festival and Party
Day 42: Free day!
Day 43: Depart for United States

 * Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2022: Coming Soon!


The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, including a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equals the published Program Cost for this course. 
 
Included: Tuition for 6-12 credits, accommodations, entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary, in-country transportation, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, meals, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Note:  This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.
 
When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.
 
 
Program Payments:
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20, 2021. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 10, 2021. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.


Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
Payments

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Scholarships

Application Deadline:

March 10

 

Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.Application requirements:* 

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:
Official transcript:
To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.
 
Application instructions:

Academic Directors

 

Benjamin Steger
Lisa Thrasher
Name
Ben Steger
Lisa Thrasher
Email
lthrashe@gmu.edu
Phone
703-993-1400
703-993-3722

GEO Program Administrator

 
me
Name
Allie Wallace
Email


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.