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W.Va. Film Office to host workforce training seminar

May. 22, 2013 @ 01:56 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A two-day, hands-on workforce training seminar hosted by the West Virginia Film Office will be held on June 22 and 23 at Trifecta Productions, 555 5th Ave. in Huntington.

A Los Angeles-based company will offer a Production Assistant Training Seminar workshop, which will begin each day at 10 a.m. and wrap up at 5 p.m. The skills training is for entry-level production assistants in the film industry.

Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office, said in a news release from the film office that the seminar is a key component for building the state's film industry workforce.

"Participants in the workshop will gain a thorough, hands-on orientation and understanding of proper set etiquette and procedures, production paperwork, script breakdown, scheduling, walkie-talkie protocol, film set 'speak', and job search and resume-building skills," Haynes said in the release. "The added impact for our state is, when a region has a skilled labor pool with a strong understanding of the unique needs of the film industry, it becomes a built-in financial incentive for in-state production and particularly for outside production companies."

The West Virginia Film Office encourages a wide range of people to attend, from those already working in the industry who want to brush up their skills to those with no experience. Current West Virginia residents who complete the training will be eligible to become listed in the film office's online Crew and Vendor Directory.

The Huntington Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, the Greater Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau and Trifecta Productions are teaming up to co-sponsor the workshop.

"It is clear that a special synergy relating to the film industry is currently taking place in Huntington," Haynes said in the release. "Mayor Steve Williams is spearheading a targeted effort to make Huntington a film-friendly location."

The lead instructor for the workshop is Gary Fiorelli, who has worked on numerous feature films, including "In the Line of Fire," "The Pelican Brief," "Major League 2," "A Few Good Men" and "The Firm."

Advance registration is recommended. Those who are not members of the film office's online Crew and Vendor Directory can register by June 7 and pay $35. After June 7 or at the door, the cost will be $45.

Current members of the film office's online Crew and Vendor Directory pay $25. High school senior and current college students can take advantage of the workshop for $15.

To register, send an e-mail to Lisa Wells at wvfilm@wv.gov for instructions, or for additional workshop questions, call 304-957-9366.

The West Virginia Film Office is a section of the West Virginia Division of Tourism, under the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Learn more at www.wvfilm.com.

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