Huntington Could Become a Filmmaking Hub Thanks to Soundstage
Prior to the 2006 production of Warner Bros. "We Are Marshall," which shot for three weeks in Huntington, WV, you could almost count from the fingers of one hand the number of studio produced films made in West Virginia.
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Since: Dec 12
#1 Feb 2, 2013
Huntington COULD become a lot of things, but it wont. Things that MAY happen would require change and historically Huntington has proved time and time again its not interested or has the ability to change, unless you want to call a defacto change for the worse as a real change.
I find it a bit ironic that the story mainly features a local company Trifecta in this article. It is owned by the son of a man who single-handedly has done more damage to Huntington than anyone else. Maybe the fruit falls far from the tree, we shall see.
Manchin was not responsible for the tax incentives that WV eventually adopted for outside film production interest. That was an action primarily conceived and proposed by the WV Film Office. However, these changes came too late, and the tax-credit percentage is low compared to other states.
The story talks about a $300,000 alloted for roofing repairs for the Keith which is great and was needed, but the story goes on that these repairs will " guarantee the integrity of the opulent interior architecture for future generation" which is just a fancy way of saying " hey, the Keith needs about 10 millions dollars in renovations, but at least it wont suffer any more rain damage"
When tour managers and production companies seek venues for their acts or productions, they already assume they wont get rained on. They are more interested in the viability of their interests being met, and the Keith currently does little if anything to address that.
WV is still regarded, and perhaps rightfully so, as a hillbilly state. Shows like Buck Wild on MTV only fuel that notion. Relying on a tenuous fad of "Hillbilly Chic" to be a beacon of things to come is myopic and desperate.
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