Imagine the opportunity to get a sneak peek of a major Hollywood movie and an inside look at what ends up on the cutting-room floor—that’s exactly what Vince Thomas ’17 CLAS got to do last summer.
A Communication major specializing in media production, Vince landed an internship with Thunder Road Pictures, producer of films such as We are Marshall (2006), The Town (2010), Wrath of the Titans 2012, John Wick (2014) and the upcoming John Wick 2 (2017). The company, based in Santa Monica, CA, was founded by Villanova CLAS alum Basil Iwanyk. Vince received a Lyons Family Grant from the Villanova University Career Center to assist with his living expenses during the internship.
It’s clear that Vince is off to a great start toward his career goal to be a professional Hollywood filmmaker. “I also direct, write and act, as I intend to eventually become a well-rounded filmmaker,” he says.
He has worked as an extra for both major motion pictures and independent films and has compiled solid experience in short film production and fundraising—thanks opportunities available through the Villanova Communication department.
This fall, Vince was part of a Villanova social documentary filmmaking class that traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to film a documentary revolving around the lives of young children and adolescents suffering from HIV/AIDS. The documentary will be released in the spring, and Vince will be credited as a producer.
In his spare time at Villanova, Vince works as a manager for the Villanova women’s basketball team, a job he’s held since his freshman year. He is also involved in the Villanova Association for Change & Transformation (ACT), which works to bring awareness of diversity issues to Villanova University and neighboring communities. He works as a peer mentor and for the past three years Vince has performed in the ACT A Touch of Diversity skit that all incoming first-year Villanova students see during Orientation.
When John Wick 2 is released in February 2017, Vince will have the satisfaction of knowing that through his internship he played a role in its production.
“As I continue my academic journey, I strive to learn more and broaden my experiences in all facets of film production,” he says.