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WV Film Office to host June training seminar in Huntington

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The West Virginia Film Office wants to help develop the next great director or producer.

A two-day, hands-on workforce training seminar will be held on June 22 and 23 in Huntington. Skills training will be provided by the Los Angeles-based company Production Assistant Training Seminar, or P.A.T.S., which will offer skills training for entry level production assistants in the film industry. "Participants in the workshop will gain a thorough, hands-on orientation and understanding of proper set etiquette and procedures, production paperwork, script breakdown, scheduling, walkie-talkie protocol, film set 'speak', and job search and resume-building skills." said Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office.

Lisa Wells is an industry relations coordinator for the film office. "Our goal here is to identify the best avenues to assist West Virginia residents who want to get started in the film industry, or who are currently working in the film industry and want to learn a new skill set, to have access to outstanding training opportunities that will increase their chances to be hired when production companies film in the state," said Wells.

The Huntington Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, the Greater Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau and Trifecta Productions have stepped up as co-sponsors of the workshop. "It is clear that a special synergy relating to the film industry is currently taking place in Huntington," Haynes said. "Mayor Steve Williams is spearheading a targeted effort to make Huntington a film friendly location to conduct business. These two companies have joined forces with the Mayor's Office to act on these efforts by actively recruiting the industry to the city."

The P.A.T.S. workshop will begin each day at 10 a.m. and wrap at 5 p.m. at Trifecta Productions, 555 Fifth Avenue. The building is also home to WOWK-TV. Lunch will be provided both days, courtesy of the Mayor's Office and the Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Advance registration is highly recommended due to limited seating in order to maximize attention to each participant. If you are not a current member of the film office's online Crew and Vendor Directory, register by June 7 and pay only $35. After June 7 or at the door, the cost will be $45. Current members of the film office's online Crew and Vendor Directory pay only $25. High school senior and current college students can take advantage of the workshop for $15.

Registration is open now. Learn more at the West Virginia Film Office web site.