CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Film Office is pleased to announce that several industry professionals will participate in the Production Assistant Training Seminar on June 22-23 in Huntington.
The line-up of guest speakers will include J.T. Arbogast, Kim Dilts and Charles Haine from the independent feature film “Angels Perch,” Brad Kalinoski and Tina Wallace of ExodusFX, and Joe Murphy of Trifecta Productions.
“We are excited to offer workshop participants an opportunity to hear from producers, directors, and other industry professionals about how they got their start in the business,” said Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office. “We want the participants to leave with the knowledge of how to conduct themselves on a film set and how to utilize that knowledge to build a successful career in the film industry.”
Arbogast, Dilts and Haine wrote, produced and directed, respectively, "Angel’s Perch." During the luncheon on June 22, they will discuss their experience filming in and around Cass and offer advice on what it takes to produce a feature film with limited funds. "Angel's Perch" will hold its world premiere on June 23 in Charleston as a part of FestivAll.
Kalinoski, Wallace and Murphy will speak during the luncheon on June 23. Kalinoski and Wallace are the owners of ExodusFX, West Virginia’s first major visual effects company. Their work in the film industry includes more than 70 feature films and dozens of episodic programs. With a combined 30 years of experience, they have worked in Los Angeles, Vancouver and New York. Since returning to Huntington two years ago, they have continued to build upon their success, which includes nominations by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (the equivalent of an Oscar) and the Visual Effects Society for work on “The Black Swan” and the final season of “Lost.”
Also a native of West Virginia, Murphy is a co-owner of Huntington-based Trifecta Productions and is also involved in Huntington's new regional film office. Murphy will share his thoughts about getting Huntington on the radar of the film industry, how his production company operates, and his take on how to get hired on local productions. Trifecta was chosen by ThinkFactory Media to produce the regionally filmed "America's Greatest Feud: Hatfields and McCoys," a companion documentary to the record-breaking History mini-series " Hatfields & McCoys."
Following this incredible lineup of guest speakers, the West Virginia Film Office will present a short demonstration of its on-line Crew and Vendor Directory. They will also discuss the function the film office and how it interacts with the state's workforce and businesses.
The Film Office is pleased to say that the demand for this workshop was tremendous and is now sold out. However, the Film Office will place names on a waiting list in the event of any cancellations. Questions may be submitted to Lisa Wells, the Film Office's industry relations coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 304-957-9366
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 Huntington Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting and the Greater Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The West Virginia Film Office is a section of the West Virginia Division of Tourism, under the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Visit the film office at www.wvfilm.com