State Film Office Heads to Marion County with Community-Oriented Workshop

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State Film Office Heads to Marion County with Community-Oriented Workshop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Film Office will host a workshop in Fairmont Thursday, September 3 on issues related to the film industry and, particularly, how communities can work with the Film Office to recruit more film production to the state.

 

The presentation will be 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Marion County Visitor Center in Fairmont located at 1000 Cole Street, Suite A, Pleasant Valley.

 

"Filming in West Virginia has greatly increased during the past several years, and it is important for the Film Office to reach out to communities and community leaders to help ensure they are prepared when their region is chosen for filming," said Pam Haynes, director of the Film Office.

 

The workshop will include an overview of the film tax credit program and how it benefits West Virginia businesses and workforce, how communities may become film friendly, what to expect and how to handle filming when it knocks on the door, and how to work effectively with the Film Office. A brief tutorial on location scouting will be included, along with an assortment of helpful handouts.

 

Anyone interested in supporting the film industry in West Virginia — including business, tourism, and legislative leaders; mayors and city managers; county managers and commissioners; academic instructors for film/television studies; and film industry workforce and production companies — is encouraged to attend.

 

“If anyone has ever wondered how the film office recruits business to the state, this is a great opportunity to learn how West Virginia is pitched to producers around the nation," said Leisha Elliott, executive director of the Marion County Visitor Center. Having just completed a Film Liaison course offered by the Association of Film Commissioners International, Elliott said she now understands the importance of offering community support for companies that are searching for film locations around the world. "These companies hire local workers and have a positive economic impact on a community. Their expenditures range from lumber purchases for building sets, fuel, heavy equipment rentals, lodging, catering, and countless other spend categories."

 

Haynes said the information offered is a great tool for anyone interested in becoming involved in the film industry as well as for property owners who would like to make their homes or businesses available for filming locations.

 

"An increase in filming activity during the past several years is a direct result of a business development incentive, known as the 'WV Film Industry Investment Act,' passed by the West Virginia Legislature in 2007. The incentive allows West Virginia to be more competitive with other states in recruiting film industry business," Haynes said. "Numerous high profile films and television miniseries have participated in the program, including Paramount Pictures' blockbuster 'Super 8,' and Stephen David Entertainment's 'The Men Who Built America' and 'The World Wars,' both for History, and 'American Genius' and 'The Making of the Mob: New York,' for NatGeo and AMC, respectively. Since its inception, the program has resulted in the film industry incurring more than $34 million in direct in-state expenditures."

 

The presentation is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested by August 31. To register, contact Leisha Elliott at 304-368-1123 or leisha@marioncvb.com.

 

Visit the West Virginia Film Office at www.wvfilm.com, Facebook.com/wvfilm, or Twitter.com/wvfilm.

 

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