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AT&T To Film Two Commercials on Oahu Simultaneously

AT&T To Film Two Commercials on Oahu Simultaneously

AT&T descends on Oahu next week to film two commercials on the same days but in different locations using major L.A. production houses and New York advertising agencies. Harvest productions of Santa Monica, CA has done commercials for General Motors and Nike to name a few. The shoot will be at two east Oahu beaches on Monday and Tuesday but in the commercial is supposed to be the same beach. Hawaii doubles for Spain. The beach location in the story much to one family’s surprise is clothing optional. There won’t be any real nudity in part thanks to strategically placed props and costumes. There will be about 35 background actors who tomorrow will be fitted with flesh-colored bikinis and Speedos. Anna Fishburn is doing local casting. The ad agency is New York-based BBDO which has did some Apple IPOD commercials. Speculation is that the Hawaii commercials are about Apple’s new IPhone 2 which will be released early next month. About 30 of the 40 production crew are locals…

The other AT&T shoot is being produced by MJZ, Inc. of Los Angeles which has shot in Hawaii several times. This commercial will be on Oahu’s West side and continue the story line of AT&T’s current commercials about other companies’ problems with wireless signals. Stephanie Spangler is location manager…

Warner Bros.’ The Informant starring Matt Damon needs to finish its two-day shoot on Oahu before a possible actors’ strike July 1. Hawaii is the production’s last location. Several mainland crew and Damon and his family plan to stay in Hawaii to vacation after filming…

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)…

 

 

 

 

Their films Plains Empty, Green Bush, Nana, and The Lore of Love were screened for the event May 22. 

Maui Film Commissioner Benita Brazier spearheaded the event… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For What It’s Worth Dept.: Some curious comments by Lost‘s Evangeline Lily from an MSN TV interview about filming in Hawaii. Asked if spending so much time in Hawaii “ruins” it as a lovely place to be, Lilly saidIt’s true, but you still recognize how lovely a place it is, and in some ways you realize more than a visitor would how lovely it is.

 


 

But, like anywhere in the world, every place has its downfalls and frustrations. At the same time as being an incredible place to live, it can be a place that makes you want to slit your throat sometimes. (Oahu) is a tiny, tiny, tiny island where there’s really nowhere to go. There’s no nightlife. It’s a very slow, relaxed culture, which is ideal when you’re on vacation because it forces you to relax and to stop and smell the roses. But when you’re working hard and you’re very, very busy, that can start to get frustrating.” Lilly goes on to say that what makes her crazy about living here is as ” a busy person who’s trying to efficiently run (my) life…everything around (me) is run inefficiently, that starts to eventually wear you down”…

 

Into the Blue 2 Hits Makaha; The Informant A Hit With Fans

Into the Blue 2 Hits Makaha; The Informant A Hit With Fans

 

UPDATE: The hidden treasure adventure Into the Blue 2 started today to shoot boat and water scenes on Oahu’s West side off Makaha Beach. Underwater scenes – including some night dives – featuring the actors will be in about 33 feet of water. Veteran water photographer Don King will do the underwater filming. Second unit director Brian Keaulana and the producers selected the Makaha area because of the clear water and usually favorable weather. “Brian is the best of the best when it comes to water work in Hawaii,” said executive producer Hudson Hickman. “We would have been nuts not to take his expert advice.” Second unit first assistant director is Matt Locey. Cast and crew this morning boarded several boats at the Waianae Small Boat Harbor for the short cruise to Makaha. One of the main supplies on the boats is sunscreen…Producers praised Hawaii crew as “as talented and professional” as any we’ve worked with.” There only gripe: Not enough of them. “Hawaii needs something like a work task force training new talent to have them work alongside a veteran crew member to learn on the job,” Hickman said. These sort of “interns” on the task force used around the country are paid by the state, or city and counties, Hickman said. It’s a plus for the state and a financial incentive for the production, he added….Other local crew on …Blue 2 are “B” camera second assistant Jai Mansson, key grip Michael Schwake, hair stylist Debra Rego, sound mixer John Reynolds; sound utility Dan Garab, and boom operator Rich Linke

 

Good reports from Decatur, Ill where The Informant wrapped filming last Friday. Town folk and the local newspaper have nothing but complimentary things to say about the production’s politeness, openness to the public, and overall respect. Especially noted was star Matt Damon’s willingness to sign autographs and have his picture taken with fans. The production films two days on Oahu in late June…

 

Paulette Crammond – owner of 19 Crayons – is in her third season on Dog, The Bounty Hunter as Beth Chapman‘s hair and makeup artist. She’s worked on Lost, Baywatch Hawaii, The Big Bounce, Blue Crush, Beyond the Break, among others…

 

No SurpriseSteven Spielberg‘s Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull brought in $311.1 million at the worldwide box office since last Wednesday. It grossed about $126 million domestically over the holiday weekend in the second-best Memorial Day bow. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($139.8 million) holds the record. Overseas, Crystal Skull grossed $160 million through Monday…

 


Paramount has released what they call a “combined character poster” for Tropic Thunder filmed mostly on Kauai. This one has star Ben Stiller in the middle of the group. The three earlier character posters were next to each other so that the actor credits above the final two names read “Black Downey Jr”…

 

 

TAKE NOTE: Kauai may be “hosting” a celebration for the premiere of Tropic Thunder on Aug. 15, the day the film opens nationwide… 

 

 

Brosnan, Huffman, Madsen, Quaid: Maui Film Festival Honorees

Brosnan, Huffman, Madsen, Quaid: Maui Film Festival Honorees

 

UPDATE: It’s official. Pierce Brosnan, Virginia Madsen, Dennis Quaid and Felicity Huffman as reported here last week are the honorees for MFF’S Intimate Conversations & Awards Tributes. Quaid, Madsen, and Brosnan will be honored Thursday, June 12, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Huffman’s tribute is Friday, June 13, 8 – 10 p.m.also at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa during which the Hawaii Premiere of the actor’s latest film Phoebe in Wonderland will be shown. Quaid will receive the Galaxy Award; Madsen, Navigator Award; Brosnan, Maverick Award; and Huffman, the Nova AwardThe Maui Film Festival is held June 11-15…


Into the Blue 2 Hits The Water

Into the Blue 2 Hits The Water


Into the Blue 2 filmed Friday at the Hawaii Yacht Club. (L-R) Cameraman Robert Altman, camera assistant Rick Brock, actor Tim Lechner, and (far right) Laura Vandervoort

 

UPDATE: The DVD feature film Into the Blue 2 had its last day of dry land filming on Friday. The production now moves to Oahu’s West side for nine days of filming on boats and under water, including night dives filming. The actors, all SCUBA certified in California prior to filming in Hawaii, will spend at least two days filming under water. The production team understands potential dangers from exhaustion, sunburn, nausea, and even hypothermia in water conditions. The actresses will not be wearing wetsuits but bikinis. The scenes contain the majority of the film’s action sequences, primarily fist, revolver and speargun fights aboard dive boats. The battle ostensively is over ownership of millions of dollars in Spanish doubloon which, according to the story, were aboard a Spanish galleon when it was caught off Oahu in a hurricane and sank. Brian Keaulana pulls double duty work as second unit director and water safety coordinator; marine coordinator is Victor Lozano; stunt coordinator, Brock Little. The guy who will slap sunscreen cast and crew is medic Francis “Sonny” Julian…”A” camera operator is Robert Altman, son of legendary director Robert Altman; Don King is “B” camera operator; Mark Gerisamenko is on “alternate camera”…Budget for the Brookwell-McNamara Entertainment and MGM co production is in the $3 million to $5 million range…Executive producers Hudson Hickman and executive producer Craig Roessler told RH that the primary reason they filmed in Hawaii is the state’s Act 88 tax incentives. Producers were so swayed by the incentive that the script was rewritten from a Caribbean location. Another reason is that producers Sean McNamara and David Brookwell‘s experience in filming three seasons of the Beyond the Break series here…

 


 

 

 

 

(L) Robert Altman & Rick Brock                                                                     Cameraman Don King (R)


                                                               Director Steve Herek

 

Actors Tim Lechner, Chris Carmack and David Anders

 

…Some local crew who worked on the recent Indiana Jones film are listed in the credits, Renee Confair, production supervisor; and Angela Laprete, production coordinator. The Hawaii Film Office and Big Island Film Office also are noted… 

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