Tuesday Crew Day: Rosemarie Hunter

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Tuesday Crew Day: Rosemarie Hunter

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

I was born and raised in Charleston, WV, where I currently reside. I have two college-aged children here as well. My daughter studies biology at West Virginia State University (WVSU), and my son is an actor who performed in Dan Kehde’s production of "Mercy." He plans to pursue his love of film at WVSU.

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

My first film experience was with PBS National Geographic filming of "The West Virginia Mine Wars." I learned a great deal about our history from the time spent on set with a local historian and PhD. I was moved to tears by the telling of what went on in those early days between the factions and unions.

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

My most recent television work was with WGN's "The Outsiders" – promos for the series shot in Charleston at the Quarrier Diner. My work involved creating FX makeup for a character who had been attacked and then maintaining that character’s appearance throughout the shoot. I also work on many political campaigns through both television commercials and by providing professional grooming services for candidates.

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

My advice would be to study all aspects of filmmaking, which will help you appreciate what goes into a production. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Communications from WVSU, and it has provided me with the opportunity to work in front of cameras and with production teams from all over the world. I served as a Public Information Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA for five years, including during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I think learning how to work closely as a team player is crucial. Also, always work to elevate your skill sets. It is an amazing experience to create work that others will see, and the crew memories are the best!