CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Film Office will host a two-day, hands-on workforce training workshop Oct. 17-18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn & Suites, South Charleston, W.Va. The workshop, which is a master class for the film industry-related department of costume, will be led by film industry veteran Terra Monique Patterson of the Atlanta-based company Film Industry Training Seminars LLC (FITS).
“Some of the most often-requested crew positions we receive from companies filming in the state are for those in the costume department,” Lisa Wells, Industry Relations Coordinator for the West Virginia Film Office said. “The costume department on a film set is responsible for storing, caring for and/or creating different types of production wardrobes worn by all actors that appear on screen. Current West Virginia residents who complete the training will be eligible to become listed in the Film Office’s online Crew and Vendor Directory.”
“Since May 2013, the Film Office has trained more than 245 people in several different skill sets through its workforce training initiatives, which are an essential factor in the continued growth of the state’s film industry,” Pam Haynes, Director of the West Virginia Film Office said. “The Film Office is helping to diversify the economy by providing workforce training opportunities to a wide range of skilled workers who have an interest in working in the film industry.”
FITS is widely recognized as one of the top traveling training programs in the nation for teaching skill sets associated with film industry-related work. Terra Monique Patterson, the instructor for the workshop, is a Costume and Wardrobe professional having worked as a Production Assistant, Costumer, Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor for various television series, short films, features, and live events. Her recent credits include Showtime’s “Homeland,” the Smithsonian Documentary “Lincoln’s Last Day,” and “South of Hell” with creators Eli Roth (“Hemlock Grove”) and James Manos, Jr. (“Dexter”).
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 October 1 and pay $60. After October 1, the cost will be $75. Current members of the Film Office’s online Crew and Vendor Directory pay $50. Current high school and college students can take advantage of the workshop for $40. Veterans of the Armed Forces may attend the workshop at no charge. For more details, contact Lisa Wells at [email protected] 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 Facebook.com/wvfilm or Twitter @wvfilm.