NOVA’s Alexandria Campus film students teamed up with NOVA alumnus Maddie Rooks on the production of “Consumed” written and directed by Rooks, who is now a senior at George Mason University in the Film and Video Studies (FAVS) program.
This is the first collaboration of its kind. New members of the Film Collaborative International (FCI) got to experience firsthand, the process of going from the script to production and eventually to the screen. The film will be screened at the fifth annual NOVA Student Film Festival (NSFF), a festival established in 2013 that showcases films made by NOVA students from all campuses and various fields of study.
This production is used as a learning and mentorship experience. Students with advanced knowledge of the craft are paired with students who have never been on a set before in order to learn the various aspects of a production.
Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, the founder of FCI, mentored students through the process and serves as executive producer on this co-production (Rookie Productions in association with Film Collaborative International). All students serving on this production are made up of Gebre-Egziabher’s former and current students. This is an exciting trend in anticipation of the new AFA in Cinema program – creative collaborations not just on the international level (Films Without Walls series) but also locally, with film students from four-year colleges and universities.