Mason Partners with Emergency Response Agencies on FBI Film

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By Sudha Kamath – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading a project to film a 30-minute action movie on two George Mason University campuses in December and January. The film will focus on how law enforcement, fire, rescue and federal agencies collaborate during active shooter emergency scenarios.

Filming will take place for two days on George Mason’sFairfax Campus. On Friday, Dec. 19, exterior filming is planned on Rivanna River Road at University Commons, between Amherst Hall and Essex Hall.

Midmorning to midafternoon, a minor vehicle accident will be staged on the road and near the sidewalk outside Hanover Hall. Actor preparation and catering for the film crew will be set up inside Hanover Hall.

A movie crew in an FBI helicopter is tentatively scheduled to film aerial views of the Fairfax Campus on Jan. 26.

Exterior and interior filming is planned on Mason’s Prince William Campus from Jan. 4‒9 and on Jan. 13. Film crews, emergency vehicles, actors and emergency response personnel will be moving in and around Bull Run Hall throughout this period.

Signs around campus will indicate restricted areas and suggest alternate routes. Filming will not impede emergency egress from, or access to, the campus or buildings.

But the filming may create some inconvenience for the Prince William Campus community.

Please note:

  • Jan. 4, access to Bull Run Hall will be restricted.
  • Jan. 4‒13, the Bull Run parking lot will be closed for filming.
  • Jan. 5, Cannon Creek Lane will be closed for filming of a staged traffic jam.
  • Jan 5‒6, portions of the Bull Run Hall atrium and second floor will be closed.
  • Jan. 5‒7, all events, Governor’s School classes and biomedical classes in Bull Run Hall will be relocated.
  • Jan. 8‒9, the rear entrance and rear patio of Bull Run Hall will be closed to pedestrians; George Mason Circle near the EDGE team-building trail and Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center will be closed for exterior filming.
  • Jan. 13, exterior filming is set to take place around Bull Run Hall.

Mason is partnering with emergency response agencies and the FBI on this project. For more information, contact Mason’s director of safety and emergency management, Dave Farris, at, or Prince William Campus operations and events coordinator Carrie McVicker at


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