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Chance encounter fuels student’s interest in film production, provides opportunity to help produce West Virginia-based movie

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WVU industrial engineering major Anthony Basil stands outside the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center in Clarksburg where "Feast of the Seven Fishes" debut in September.

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A chance encounter with a production designer and an invitation to assist in the film production of “Feast of the Seven Fishes” has fueled West Virginia University junior Anthony Basil’s desire to become a producer. Shortly after the industrial engineering major from Weirton accepted the invitation to work on the comedy, he was promoted to production design intern creating an unusual pairing of skills and passions.

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Basil stumbled upon the production of ‘Feast of the Seven Fishes’ Halloween 2017, the day he decided to build a replica of the PRT and drive it across Morgantown while shooting a reaction video. During his travels, he met a production designer who invited him to assist in the film’s art department. Shortly after he joined the art department, he became intrigued with the concept of producing movies and was promoted to production design intern. He continued to take on more responsibility to include videographer and content editor, and post-production, Robert Tinnell, the movie producer, ask him to create a documentary about the making of the movie.

“Filmmaking employs so many gifted people and each day I was surrounded by talented individuals who invested their time, passion and creativity to produce one of the most hilarious family comedy movies available. The valuable experience and incredible response from viewers have further validated my desire to pursue a career in film production.” —Anthony Basil, junior industrial engineering major from Weirton


Watch a trailer from the “Feast of Seven Fishes” 


Basil is currently serving as intern in North Carolina. Media can schedule an interview via Skype or FaceTime through contact information below. 

“Feast of the Seven Fishes,” shot in Rivesville and Fairmont, will be released in select theaters across the country Nov. 15. 

The film will also be available on multiple streaming services.


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