Tuesday Crew Day: Donna Linsell

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Tuesday Crew Day: Donna Linsell

Where are you from, where are you located now, and what are your ties to WV?

I was born and raised in Parkersburg and currently live near there.

What was your first job in film production and what was the experience like?

My first position in film production was as a volunteer set photographer on several no-budget indie films. My hobby has always been photography. I was brought in on “Hollow Creek,” a feature film written and directed by Guisela Moro of West Palm Beach, Florida, initially as an unpaid photographer. By the end of the first day on set, I was hired as a Script Supervisor/Continuity. The experience from my first career as an IT Specialist for the US Treasury, where I performed as a project manager and honed my skills as being detail-oriented, translated very well to Script Supervisor.  By the second half of the production schedule, I was promoted to Line Producer/Production Manager. This was a whirlwind experience that set my mind firmly on a second career in the film industry.

What was your last job and what were you responsible for?

My last job in the industry was as the Assistant Director and Production Manager of “Arcadia,” a feature film written and directed by Andy Hall of Marietta, Ohio. The film has won many film festival awards and is currently being marketed for distribution. Currently, I’m beginning pre-production as the Line Producer/Production Manager of “Not Funny,” a screenplay written by California native James Kwon Lee, who recently moved to Martinsburg.

What advice would you give someone wanting to work in the film industry?

Get on film sets in any capacity you can, as often as you can. Volunteer, even if you have been paid past productions. Even if you aren’t being paid, there’s always the opportunity to learn more and to network. Once on set, learn as much as you can about everyone’s responsibilities. Watch. Listen. Learn. While on set, always be ready to step up and help wherever needed. Make yourself as useful as possible; it won’t be forgotten.