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Experienced filmmakers launch Pennsylvania Film School in Scranton

Experienced filmmakers launch Pennsylvania Film School in Scranton

May 10, 2013

Creative souls in northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) who wish to pursue the art of filmmaking can now serve their passion without traveling to urban centers, courtesy of the new Pennsylvania Film School.
The enterprise, which launched in April, is the co-vision of filmmakers and entrepreneurs Joe Van Wie and Tim Calpin. Vital to the school’s founding are additional relationships the men have forged with the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, and Van Wie’s media, news and publishing firm known as JVW Inc.

PA Film School generates massive interest

PA Film School generates massive interest

Apr 25, 2013

Published: April 24. 2013 12:01AM Last Modified: April 24. 2013 12:09AM By Kristie Grier-Ceruti, Special to the Weekender There was standing room only at an informational seminar, “How to Produce an Independent Film,” by the co-creators of The Pennsylvania Film School April 8 at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.The Pennsylvania Film School is the vision of Scranton natives, filmmakers, and entrepreneurs Joe Van Wie and Tim Calpin, who have partnered with the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple and JVW, Inc. Van Wie and Calpin are offering students hands-on instruction through courses held over a two-week period. The inaugural classes are part of a “broad five-year plan,” according to Van Wie. “We’d love to see a school here permanently that teaches the trade of filmmaking as a business,” he said. In the meantime, topics to be covered include April 25, Below the Line: Camera, Lighting and Sound; April 30, The Look and Aftermath: Design and Post-Production; and May 2, Show Business: Financing, Legal, Sales and Distribution. Classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m. in Shopland Hall at the Scranton Cultural Center. “The nuts and bolts can be taught, and there are some things creatively that we can touch upon,” added Calpin. Their mission, according to Van Wie, is “to bring students behind the scenes and teach them how to get your film produced and then, from that point, the school will be a mecca and a home to capitalize on and grow the existing talents here… You can have a $20 million script, but you’ve only raised $150,000. How do you shoot that film? This is what this school will teach you.” Van Wie is CEO of JVW, Inc., a Scranton firm specializing in corporate marketing, web design, quantitative research, and political advertising, and it is also well known for his role as filmmaker and producer. His credits include “The Paragon Cortex,” executive producer on the movie “Forged,” and associate producer of “La Soga.” His awards include the HBO International Film Festival “Best Picture” 2010; LA Latino Film Festival “Official Selection” 2010; Toronto International Film Festival “Official Selection” 2009; Santo Domingo International Film Festival “Best Picture” 2009; Providence International Film Festival “Best Picture” 2011; and the American Association of Political...

Film school partners with Scranton company, plans to launch course at cultural center

Film school partners with Scranton company, plans to launch course at cultural center

Mar 28, 2013

A Scranton company is partnering with the Pennsylvania Film School and will offer its first course next month.

JVW Inc. chief executive officer Joe Van Wie announced its latest client and plans for the course today. The company will handle all marketing, advertising, web design, public and media relations, and social-media outreach for the film school, which Mr. Van Wie and Tim Calpin co-created and which involves a partnership between Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple and JVW Inc.