Paradise Film Institute @ WVSU
Daniel Boyd, a filmmaker-professor of communications/media studies at West Virginia State University since 1983, has actively involved his filmmaking students in his many professional projects for nearly 30 years. In 1994, Boyd established the Paradise Film Institute at WVSU for the purpose of supporting filmmaking in the state through resource services, production support, foreign exchanges and continuing education. PFI has established travel/study/production exchange partnerships with film schools in Tanzania, Russia, the Czech Republic, Venezuela and Belize. The teaching approach is "learn by doing," with students placed with industry experts on media productions. PFI has produced dozens of award-winning, significant productions around the world using this approach. The Graphic Narrative is simply an extension of PFI, using the same formula. The new curriculum was designed by Boyd and Media Studies graduate student, Balsa Gobovic. A Montenegrin national, Gobovic shared Boyd's love of graphic narrative and made it his creative concentration in the Media Studies masters program. Serving as his graduate thesis, his book, Adria City, is the first graphic novel produced by PFI Comics.