West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 State Film Office Hosting Workforce Training Seminar

5/20/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A two-day, hands-on workforce training seminar hosted by the West Virginia Film Office 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.

Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office, says the seminar is a key component for building the state's film industry workforce. "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." Haynes said, “The added impact for our state is, when a region has a skilled labor pool with a strong understanding of the unique needs of the film industry, it becomes a built-in financial incentive for in-state production and particularly for outside production companies because it reduces the burden of having to hire specialized workers from out-of-state."

Lisa Wells, industry relations coordinator for the film office, said "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 skillset, to have access to outstanding training opportunities that will increase their chances to be hired when production companies film in the state."

The West Virginia Film Office encourages a wide range of people to attend, from those already working in the industry who want to brush up their skills to those with zero experience who desire to break into the industry. While the workshop is open to the general public, current West Virginia residents who complete the training will be eligible to become listed in the film office's online Crew and Vendor Directory. "Normally, to become listed, a worker must have one professional credit for a certain skillset," Wells said. "We hope that anyone who has yet to be hired on a production, but has a strong desire to work in the film industry, will take advantage of this program."

Haynes is delighted that 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."

Production Assistant Training Seminar is considered one of the top traveling training programs in the nation for teaching production assistant skillsets. The lead instructor for the workshop is Gary Fiorelli, who has worked on numerous feature films, including "In the Line of Fire," "The Pelican Brief," "Major League 2," "A Few Good Men," and "The Firm." Fiorelli is also a member of the Directors Guild of America and has worked as an Assistant Director on such films as "The Pirates of the Caribbean" (1 and 2), "Runaway Jury," "Blades of Glory," and "Body of Lies." In his role as first assistant director, Fiorelli recently completed the first season of the Starz original TV series "Magic 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. Don’t delay. To get your spot in the workshop, send an e-mail to Lisa Wells at wvfilm@wv.gov for instructions, or for additional workshop questions, call 304-957-9366.

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.

Contact Information

Pam Haynes, WV Film Office or Jacqueline Proctor, WV Division of Tourism
304-957-9382 or 304-558-2200
pamela.j.haynes@wv.gov or Jacqueline.a.proctor.wv.gov