By West Virginia Filmmakers Guild (other events)

Sat, Feb 25 2023 9:00 AM EDT Sun, Feb 26 2023 5:00 PM EDT

Interested in working in the film industry?  The West Virginia tax incentive has been recently restored attracting more productions to the state and there is a growing need for more Grip and Electric positions. 

West Virginia Filmmakers Guild and the West Virginia Film Office will be holding a Grip and Electric workshop taught by Larry Dowling.  This is an amazing opportunity and a great investment for those interested in working in the G & E department and for any filmmaker that would like to level up their lighting skills.  


1.  GRIP TRUCK - The equipment in a grip truck is extensive.  You will get a working knowledge of everything that is inside as well as learn the references or “lingo” of the trade aka Gripology. 

2.  LIGHTING - Hands on lessons that will teach you how to properly set up equipment, build frames and diffusions, source lighting (Tungston, LED, HMI), learn how to shape light, and tools expected to have on set. 

3.  BUSINESS -   Invaluable information on how to seek jobs, manage your taxes, pay rates, and protocols for Union vs Non Union projects.



Larry Dowling is an award-winning filmmaker based in Morgantown, WV.  He has over 35 years of experience working in film and television and close to 40 years of experience in theatrical lighting. He has spent decades working as a Director of Photography, Gaffer, and Key Grip for numerous networks, movies, documentaries, television shows, and production companies.  He has trained hundreds of film professionals as an instructor at workshops and by teaching at the George A. Romero’s Filmmaking Program in Pittsburgh, PA.  Larry is also the co-owner of Appalachian Grip and Lighting which provides modern lighting equipment to the film industry.   

Space is limited.  For those interested please sign up ASAP.  Film productions are underway and this invaluable workshop can give you a jump start for your career in film production.  

Finally!  There is much to learn.  We will provide Lunch, drinks, and snacks for both days.



West Virginia Filmmakers Guild