Tuesday Crew Day: Rich Wiant

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Tuesday Crew Day: Rich Wiant

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

I'm from White Sulphur Springs.

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

My first job in film was in 1994 in Orlando, Florida, on a television special called “Santa Salutes the Soaps.” I was an assistant to the key makeup artist. It was educational because I had never been on any set before, and I learned a lot about how to carry myself and how the various jobs in production worked.

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

My last film job was “Hollow Creek,” which filmed in Wyoming and Ritchie Counties. I was responsible for the looks of the captured boys and the “beaten” makeup on the main star as well as the ghost child makeup. The past three seasons, I’ve worked for a haunted attraction making masks and doing makeup.

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

For those that want to work in film in WV, you have to stick with it. Productions are becoming more frequent in the state and lots of folks will be fighting for work.