'Super 8' Puts Spotlight on West Virginia

by Kate Spence 06/10/2011 12:18 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

West Virginians will recognize their home state in scenes from one of the most anticipated films of the summer, Paramount Pictures’ Super 8, which was filmed in and around Weirton, WV.  The state’s tax incentive program makes it an attractive destination for filmmakers, drawing major talent like J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg to invest in West Virginia through small business spending and local hiring.

Senator Jay Rockefeller explained the importance of on-location filming to his state:

“The Super 8 movie premier is exciting for the city of Weirton and for the entire state of West Virginia. I’m not surprised that the Northern Panhandle was chosen. Weirton’s hardworking residents certainly played a role in enticing Viacom’s Paramount Pictures to film a major production here.  It’s been a great experience for our state and it has created opportunities for hundreds of local residents to appear in the movie and more importantly, sparked millions of dollars in economic activity in the region. I hope this film is followed by many more.”

West Virginia Film Office Director Pam Haynes says that although the cameras have stopped rolling, tourism generated by Super 8 continues to benefit Weirton – Fandango recently named Weirton one of the top five movie location destinations to visit this summer.

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