State Film Office to host popular workforce training workshop Aug 20-21‏

Updated 2 years ago Edited from a Press Release

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Film Office will host a two-day workforce training workshop August 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greenbrier County Public Library, 152 Robert W. McCormick Drive, Lewisburg, W.Va.


This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the role of working as a production assistant and will be led by film industry veteran Kenny Chaplin of the Atlanta-based company Film Industry Training Seminars LLC (F.I.T.S.). A few highlights of the workshop include the basics of working on a film production, film set do’s and don’ts, set hierarchy, culture and protocol, set safety, production paperwork, walkie-talkie protocols, script breakdown, and job search and resume-building skills.


"The first time the Film Office hosted this particular workshop in Huntington in 2013, it sold out in a matter of days and was a resounding success,” said Lisa Wells, industry relations coordinator for the Film Office. "A year later, we held it in Harpers Ferry, and once again, it was a huge hit. Now, we're bringing it to southeastern West Virginia in anticipation of potential film productions that are on the horizon."


"One of the goals of the Film Office is to identify the most effective ways 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. We assist by providing access to outstanding training opportunities that will increase their chances of being hired when a production has landed in the state," Wells added. “One of the most often-requested crew positions we receive from companies filming in the state are for production assistants.”


“Since May 2013, the Film Office has trained more than 300 people in several different skill sets through its workforce training initiatives, including grips and gaffers, costume set dressers, production office coordinators, and location scouts. These workshops are an essential factor in the continued growth and sustainability of the state’s film industry,” Wells said.


F.I.T.S. is widely recognized as one of the top traveling training programs in the nation for teaching skill sets associated with film industry-related work. Kenny Chaplin, the instructor for the workshop, has spent 20 years in the trenches of the film industry and has worked hand-in-hand with directors such as David Mamet, Terrance Malick, Ang Lee, and Ridley Scott.


Registration is required for the workshop and is available on a sliding scale. Due to the limited number of seats available, seating will be reserved only upon receipt of the registration fee. If you are not a current member of the Film Office’s online Crew and Vendor Directory, register by August 8 and pay $60. After August 8, the cost will be $70. Current members of the Film Office’s online Crew and Vendor Directory pay $40. Current high school and college students can take advantage of the workshop for $25. Veterans of the Armed Forces may attend the workshop at no charge. For more details, contact Lisa Wells at or call 304-957-9366.


The West Virginia Film Office is a section of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, Tourism Division. Follow the Film Office on or Twitter @wvfilm.

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