State Film Office to Host Workforce Training Seminars April 17-18, 25-26

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State Film Office to Host Workforce Training Seminars April 17-18, 25-26

CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Film Office will host a film industry informational seminar April 17-18, followed by a Film Set Essentials Training workshop April 25-26. The first seminar will show individuals how they can take their existing skills in vocations, such as construction, painting, carpentry, welding, electricians, seamstresses, home decorators, drivers, inventory management, accounting, and clerical, and transfer them to work on a film set. The subsequent Film Set Essentials Training workshop will teach all participants, of varying occupations, what to expect when hired on a film industry production.

"The informational seminar will explain how individuals in various vocations can apply their current skillsets to film production," said Pam Haynes, Director of the West Virginia Film Office. "Most people do not realize these types of trades are essential to film production. This initial seminar will help open a dialogue about potential employment opportunities for West Virginians."

According to Haynes, West Virginia's film industry continues to mature, and the film office is helping to diversify the economy by providing workforce training opportunities to a wide range of skilled workers whose skillsets can be easily transferred to the film industry. "We are targeting workers who may be interested in changing careers, technical college graduates, and many others."

Lisa Wells, industry relations coordinator for the film office, says, "Workforce training is a key component to building the state's film industry workforce, particularly because of the increase in production activity anticipated in the coming months. Participants with varied skills and backgrounds will be able to identify positions that suit them best, understand the culture and protocol of film sets, and if they remain interested, may register for the Film Set Essentials Training workshop the following weekend."

The first informational seminar will take place Friday, April 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a repeat Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Both sessions are free and open to the public and will be held at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Technology Center, located at 5550 Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg. Registration is not required. The informational sessions will be led by industry veteran and Emmy Award winning producer, John Corser, who also co-produced the Academy Award nominated short film, "Most." Corser has filmed in 20 countries across 5 continents. He will identify the many job classifications available on a film set and answer questions about how certain traditional trade skills are utilized in the film industry.

For those who desire to pursue employment in the film industry, the subsequent weekend of April 25-26 offers an intensive two-day Film Set Essentials Training workshop and will be held at the James Rumsey Career & Technical Center, located at 3274 Hedgesville Road, Martinsburg. The Film Set Essentials Training workshop will be led by industry veteran Kenny Chaplin of the Atlanta-based company Film Industry Training Seminar. Chaplin has spent sixteen years in the trenches of the film industry and has worked hand-in-hand with directors, such as David Mamet, Terrance Malick, Ang Lee, and Ridley Scott.

"No matter what skillset an individual brings to the table, the participants will learn the basics of working on a film production, from film set do's and don'ts, culture and protocol, and set hierarchy, to set safety, production paperwork, walkie-talkie procedures, and even job search and resume-building skills," said Wells. "In other words, participants will learn how to walk onto any film set and be comfortable with the knowledge of what is expected of them."

Registration is required for the April 25-26 Film Set Essentials Training workshop and is available on a sliding scale. 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 April 15 and pay $60. After April 15, the cost will be $75. Current members of the film office’s online Crew and Vendor Directory pay $50. Current high school and college students can take advantage of the session for $40. If you attend one of the sessions held April 17th or 18th, you will receive a $10 discount. For more details, contact Lisa Wells at or call 304-957-9366.

The West Virginia Film Office is a section of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, Tourism Division. Follow the film office on Twitter @wvfilm or

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