2001 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25311
Charleston, WV 25311
P: (304) 342-2123
F: (304) 342-4552
F: (304) 342-4552
WVEDC Board of Directors
11:00 a.m., WV Manufacturers Association, Quarrier St., Charleston, WV
WVEDC Fall Conference 2014
Cabell, Wayne, and Putnam Counties are looking forward to hosting the 2014 WVEDC Annual Conference in Huntington Septermber 21, 22 and 23, 2014. The conference will be held at the Big Sandy Arena with accommodations next door at the Holiday Inn.
State Film Office to Host Popular Workforce Training Seminar CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Film Office will host a two-day, hands-on workforce training seminar Aug. 23-24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Quality Inn and Conference Center, located at 4328 William L. Wilson Freeway, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Skills training will be provided by the Los Angeles-based company Production Assistant Training Seminar, or P.A.T.S., which offers skills training for entry level production assistants in the film industry. “This seminar is a key component to building the state’s film industry workforce,” said Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office. “Participants 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. The added benefit for our state is having a skilled labor pool with a strong understanding of the unique needs of the film industry, making it a built-in financial incentive for in-state production and particularly for outside production companies because it reduces the burden of having to hire specialized workers from out-of-state.” “The first time the film office hosted this workforce training seminar, last summer, it was met with resounding success and sold out in a matter of days,” Lisa Wells, industry relations coordinator for the film office, said, “Our goal is to identify the most effective ways to assist West Virginia residents who want to get started in the film industry, or who are currently working in the film industry and want to learn a new skillset—including providing access to outstanding training opportunities.” Individuals ranging from those already working in the industry to those wishing to break into the industry are encouraged to attend the seminar which is open to the general public. Current West Virginia residents who complete the training will be eligible to become listed in the film office’s online Crew and Vendor Directory. Normally, to become listed, a worker must have one professional credit for a certain skillset. “The Eastern Panhandle is prime for this type of training program, particularly because of the increase in production activity anticipated in the coming months,” Haynes said. “Two miniseries are being filmed in the region this fall, and the film office is currently hard at work recruiting two television series as well.” Haynes added she is excited about the national exposure that West Virginia has received with the Emmy Award-winning television miniseries “The Men Who Built America” and the recently Emmy-nominated television miniseries “The World Wars,” both of which filmed in the Eastern Panhandle. P.A.T.S. is one of the top traveling training programs in the nation for teaching production assistant skillsets. 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.” Fiorelli is also a member of the Directors Guild of America and has worked as an Assistant Director on such films as “The Pirates of the Caribbean” (1 and 2), “Runaway Jury,” “Blades of Glory,” and “Body of Lies, and as a first assistant director on the Starz original TV series “Magic City” and the ABC TV series “Mistresses.” To register for the seminar or for more information, contact Lisa Wells at or call 304-957-9366. Due to the limited number of seats available, seating will be reserved only upon receipt of the registration fee. If you are not a current member of the film office’s online Crew and Vendor Directory, register by Aug. 5 and pay only $35. After Aug. 5, the cost will be $45. Current members of the film office’s online Crew and Vendor Directory pay only $25. High school senior and current college students can take advantage of the workshop for $15. The West Virginia Film Office is a section of the West Virginia Division of Tourism, under the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Follow the film office on Twitter @wvfilm or Facebook.com/wvfilm.
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