HAWAII PRODUCTION TAX INCENTIVE BILLS DOWN TO THE WIRE!

HAWAII PRODUCTION TAX INCENTIVE BILLS DOWN TO THE WIRE!

  RELATIVITY MEDIA AND SHANGRI-LA INDUSTRIES WOULD BUILD STATE OF THE ART “GREEN” PRODUCTION FACILITIES ON OAHU AND MAUI           Potential to create 10,000 jobs and generate more than $5 billion annually       The bill has passed several committees in both the House & Senate of the Hawaii State Legislature.  It’s now before the Conference Committee, who is charged with conforming both versions of the bill for a final presentation to the full voting…

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CHANG APANA COMES TO LIFE THROUGH CAREY TAGAWA

CHANG APANA COMES TO LIFE THROUGH CAREY TAGAWA

                                      An Icon is Reborn   Part of legendary Honolulu police officer Chang Apana‘s story is being told in a five-minute short film tentatively titled Chang Apana slated to be shown at this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival. The fictional movie detective Charlie Chan was patterned after the five-foot tall Apana who carried a whip instead of a gun. Author Earl Derr Biggers met Apana…

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BETHANY HAMILTON DOES “TODAY” ON FRIDAY

BETHANY HAMILTON DOES “TODAY” ON FRIDAY

AFTER SURFING JAWS THIS WEEK SOUL SURFER’S HAMILTON TAKES OFF FOR  BIG APPLE Bethany Hamilton will appear on NBC’s Today Show on Friday at 8 a.m. (Hawaii time) to discuss her film, surfing career, recent surfing at Jaws on Maui, and her film Soul Surfer which is now in pre production at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore…Hamilton “officially” will announce Soul Surfer’s stars, including AnnaSophia Robb who portrays Hamilton, Lorraine Nicholson, 19, (bottom left) who plays Hamilton’s…

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INK DROPS “STAR” IN HIFF TRAILER; OH, AND DANIEL DAE KIM

INK DROPS “STAR” IN HIFF TRAILER; OH, AND DANIEL DAE KIM

DDaniel Dae Kim as Chi with “writers block” With the annual Hawaii International Film Festival in October rapidly approaching, it’s trailer time again with several members of Hawaii’s production community and actors, including Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim and models Eric and Kimi Chun all donating their time. Two days of filming was completed Friday at Island Film Group/HMI’s Halawa Valley Studios. The studio facility was provided without charge…All the crew working on the trailer donated their time and equipment… Props…

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“DANNO” BOOKED WITH ACTOR SCOTT CAAN

“DANNO” BOOKED WITH ACTOR SCOTT CAAN

Book ’em Scotty! With just a few days before filming of the Hawaii-Five-O pilot begins Monday on Oahu, the final member of the team has been hired… The crucial role of  Danny “Danno” Williams will be taken on by actor Scott Caan (above and below), son of actor James Caan. This “new” Danno is a recently divorced father who transfers from the Baltimore Police Department to Hawaii to be close to his daughter.  His partner in Five-0 is Steve McGarrett, played…

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SOUL SURFER STARTS PRE-PRO MONDAY; FILMING LATE JANUARY

SOUL SURFER STARTS PRE-PRO MONDAY; FILMING LATE JANUARY

Bethany Hamilton at Kawela Bay SOUL SURFER SUBJECT SLATED FOR NBC’S TODAY SHOW APPEARANCE FRIDAY DEC. 11 Six weeks of pre preproduction on the long-delayed biopic Soul Surfer about Kauai wave rider Bethany Hamilton who had an arm amputated in a shark attack begins monday, several sources confirmed. That’s more good news for Hawaii’s production community and co producers Brookwell/McNamara Entertainment who have labored for months on the script and helping to cement funding. Filming is scheduled to start either…

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BRIDE BOOM FOR LOCAL ACTORS; PRODUCTION WRAPS SATURDAY FOLLOWING WINDWARD FILMING

BRIDE BOOM FOR LOCAL ACTORS; PRODUCTION WRAPS SATURDAY FOLLOWING WINDWARD FILMING

                                Willie K       The You May Not Kiss the Bride feature film by Hawaii Film Partners has been a boom for local SAG actors with 13 hired for speaking roles in the romantic comedy including  singer Willie K as a Tahitian chief. Veteran actor and stand-in Wayne Geiger who was a fixture on Lost before being killed as one of The Others serves as stand…

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HIFF’S ’09 “What do you see?” Trailer Wins Key Art Award

HIFF’S ’09 “What do you see?” Trailer Wins Key Art Award

The Hollywood Reporter 39th Annual Key Art Award for Best Theatrical Audio/Visual – Festival Audio/Visual Goes to the Hawaii International Film Festival for its Festival International Film Festival for its Festival Trailer HIFF’s 2009 trailer, created by Hyperspective Studios and OrangeRoc and starring Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim (above), won The Hollywood Reporter’s 39th Annual Key Art Award for theatrical audio/visual – festival audio/visual… THR  has given its Key Art Awards to the movie marketing industry for original (key art) works….

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Australian Filmmakers Lead Seminars on Maui

Australian Filmmakers Lead Seminars on Maui

  UPDATE: The Maui Film Office in partnership with the National Geographic All Roads Film Project, Pacific Islanders in Communication, and the University of Hawaii’s Academy of Creative Media including Professor Merata Mita recently held a three-day seminar on producing, directing, and 16mm cinematography at the Wailea Marriot Resort and Spa and Kihei Charter School. The featured indigenous filmmakers from Australia included cinematographer and director Warwick Thornton and producer Kath Shelper (bottom left), and director Beck Cole (right)…      …

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