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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.

“Our vision for the Pennsylvania Film School is to make it a successful, independent entity that can grow and be known for giving real-world advice, backed by a solid educational experience,” Mr. Van Wie said in a statement.

The first course will take place in Shopland Hall at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., on April 23, 25 and 30 and May 2. An informational seminar also to be held in Shopland Hall will precede the course on Monday, April 8.

The announcement explained that the school will provide students with technical knowledge as well as a breakdown that will give them a chance to develop a film in stages. The school “will teach its students how to find and use their distinct voice,” Mr. Calpin, a screenwriter and producer, said in a statement.

“This course will show students the rules so you’ll know when to break them,” Mr. Van Wie explained in the announcement. “It will teach you theory so you’ll know when to abandon it. It will tell you about pitfalls and mistakes so you’re free to make your own. In addition to that, it contains key tech lessons on filmmaking aspects like camerawork, lighting and design as well as the business knowledge one needs to capture their vision and then set it free in the movie world.”

The announcement came in the same week the U.S. District Court for the Middle District awarded Mr. Van Wie’s company, Revere Pictures LLC, a $4.14 million judgment in a breach-of-contract case against Maya Corporation Entertainment Group Inc. and Maya Corp. involving “Forged,” a film Mr. Van Wie executive produced. Mr. Van Wie, a film- and television-industry veteran, had said at the time of the settlement that he wanted to use the judgment sum to launch the film school.

More information about the film school and upcoming course is available online at www.ThePennsylvaniaFilmschool.com and www.facebook.com/ThePennsylvaniaFilmSchool. Tickets are available at the cultural center box office, over the phone at 344-1111 and 800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com.

Contact the writer: cheaney@timesshamrock.com