Tuesday Crew Day: Kenneth Mattson

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Tuesday Crew Day: Kenneth Mattson

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

I am originally from Arbutus, MD and moved to Inwood, WV in 2000. I have made many work, family, and film industry connections to the state since moving here.

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

I was the priest for Rockefeller in History Channel's “The Men Who Built America,” produced by Stephen David Entertainment. This was my first experience in the film industry. I was a tad intimidated working with the principal actors and being around other more professional extras. As an extra, there was a lot of waiting around. Everyone was very friendly, which made the experience less intimidating. Now, that does not mean the environment was not hectic. The crew was busy doing all kinds of things, from changing sets and cameras to setting up for the next scene. I do have to say the food vendors they found were fantastic!

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

One of my last jobs was for Stephen David Entertainment’s “The West,” a miniseries which was filmed in the Eastern Panhandle for the Discovery Channel. I worked as an extra, worked in stunts, and was an animal wrangler/farrier. I was in charge of the safety of the horses and the people around them. My other duties were to provide hoof care for the horses, be it trimming their feet or providing shoes. I had all twenty of the miniseries' horses at my farm. Needless to say, that was a job all in itself. Soon after, I was a principal actor for an independent film called “Supercedure,”filmed entirely in WV. I was also in charge of set preparation and worked as a bee wrangler.

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

Definitely get familiar with what goes on behind the scenes. The West Virginia Film Office provides various workforce training workshops that do exactly that. You will learn the meaning of patience. Hurry up and wait will have a deeper meaning for you. It can be stressful at times, but the experience and friendships you make are well worth it.