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Weirton principals get Hollywood treatment

October 3, 2010

WEIRTON - As Paramount Pictures continues filming in the Weirton area, many locals are getting an opportunity to participate as extras in the movie.

Principals from both Weir Middle School and Weir High School got a chance to get a first-hand look at what it's like to be on a movie set behind the cameras after being cast in several school-day scenes during filming on Marland Heights.

Dan Enich, principal at Weir Middle School, said his experience on the movie set was interesting. He said the repetition and attention to detail was impressive and he enjoyed the time spent.

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Pictured is Marty Hudek, left, Weir High School principal, and Dan Enich, Weir Middle School principal, dressed in their 1970s outfits as they play their parts as extras in the Paramount Pictures movie being filmed in the Weirton area. -- Contributed

"I graduated in 1979 from Weir High School but I don't remember wearing that kind of clothing," he said of the leisure suit he was put in for his scene. "It was a unique experience."

At first, Enich said everyone spent about a half hour laughing at each other but then got down to business and doing what they were told to do. He said the students were well-behaved and he was proud at how they listened to what they were told to do.

"I hope this is a highlight of their (the students) middle school career," he added.

Marty Hudek, principal of Weir High School, said the pursuit of perfection during the scenes was something he was impressed with as well. He said having enough "good shots" for the story board was something important to filmmakers.

Hudek was placed in 1970s clothing as well.

"I laughed so hard... . I felt like I looked like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever," he said.

Both principals said Paramount Pictures crews were polite and wonderful to work with. Enich said it was good to work with Hudek as well.

"It was a wonderful experience," said Hudek.

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