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.
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.
Art museums, Temple Visits, Bali Arts Festival, Tepi Sawah Indonesian Music Festival, Surfing lessons, Snorkeling, Bahasa Language Instruction, Traditional Dance and Music Lessons
All undergraduate students are welcome to apply including students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum 2.25 GPA.
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.
Summer 2022: TBD!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Tuition for 6-12 credits and mandatory fees
Entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary
International emergency medical insurance
COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
COVID-19 testing while abroad
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.
The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment).
Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable application deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit.
Note: You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account. George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO. Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.
If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must:
Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in MasonAbroad.gmu.edu.
Complete the Financial Aid questionnaire item in your application.
VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at MasonLed@gmu.edu to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at Military@gmu.edu.
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.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.