KELLY HU & JASON SCOTT LEE TOGETHER AT LAST!

 

Kelly Hu and Jason Scott Lee shoot a scene for the HIFF trailer this week at Makua Beach 

 

 

BREAKING: The Japanese feature film titled Honokaa Boy will begin shooting on the Big Island for about five weeks in October through Nov. 10. The company’s production office opens Sept. 3 in Honokaa. Nancy Erger is doing locations; Laura Bollinger of Big Island Casting is doing extras casting and some for speaking parts. The producers will cast about 15 parts. The production is bringing in several Japanese stars. Storyline: A Japanese man in his early twenties comes to the Big Island and lands in Honokaa and becomes a projectionist at the People’s Theater in Honokaa. He becomes very friendly with the local people in Honokaa, including an older woman who is an excellent cook who feeds him as he becomes enamored with local food especially malasadas. Most of the filming will be in Honokaa, including seven days at the People’s Theater. The story is taken from the book called Honokaa Boy written by Leo Yoshida, who let some people in the town know abut a year ago that a film might be shot there…Yoshida’s father is Japanese and mother Czechoslovakian. Yoshida lived in Honokaa several years ago then wrote the book after he left…

 

It was quite the event at Makua Beach this Wednesday where director Gerard Elmore, executive producer Darrin Kaneshiro and 35 crew filmed the 2008 Hawaii International Film Festival’s trailer For the Love of Film starring Hawaii born actors Jason Scott Lee and Kelly Hu. Lee flew in from his Big Island home for one day of filming with Hu who shot for two days before she left hurriedly to make a flight to Denver to attend the Democratic National Convention…

 

The trailer is produced by David Rosen and his Shooters Production team. The crew – mostly Hawaii production veterans like Scott Mason, John Reynolds, Bob Johnson, Kauila Barber, Anne Misawa, and Shawn Hiatt – all donated their time for the three-day effort. Scene were also shot in Chinatown and helicopter aerials over Makua Beach. Without the donated time and equipment, the 3-5 minute trailer could have cost as much as $300,000. The trailer, which will be ready by the end of this month, is expected to debut at an upcoming Sunset on the Beach in October.

 

Here’s the story line written by Brett Wagner and Elmore:  Lee’s character is spearfishing off Makua. When he walks back on shore he finds a film canister in the sand. He opens it and holds a frame up to the sun on which he sees a beautiful woman (Hu). The film cuts to Hu in Chinatown who walks to her moped when she finds a similar film canister by the curb. She straps the reel to the back of the moped and takes off. Meanwhile, Lee straps the canister to the top of his vintage VW van and heads down the highway. When he passes Hu on the highway going in the opposite direction, the reel on the van rolls off the roof and hits her in the ankle. Hu retrieves the reel then follows Lee’s car to give it back. In his rear view mirror Lee sees Hu and recognizes her from the film frame. He stops, exits the van, and walks to her mesmerized. They lock eyes while she slowly hands him the reel. As the sun goes down they almost kiss but then the viewer is suddenly transfered to a film editing room in China where editors are hard at work. A messenger walks in the editing room and hands a woman a film reel. She looks at some film frames, mutters something, then tosses the reel out the window into the ocean. The scene cuts back to see the original scene where Lee exits the ocean and finds the reel…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hu & Lee when the trailer wrapped

 

Director Elmore also received permission to use a Depeche Mode song in the video which be sung by modern Hawaiian soul singer Paula Fuga who is known as the Hawaiian songstress wearing the “Big Girls Rock” shirt, strumming her ‘ukulele all the way to Hollywood on American Idol.” Locally, she is known as a solo artist and singer for Hawaiian roots reggae band DubKonscious, regular at Hawaii Poetry Slams, educational interpreter at Bishop Museum and active member of Hawaii’s cultural community. HIFF runs Oct. 9-19…For more information visit www.hiff.org …

 

KGMB seems to be the only local HD satellite uplink provider in the state right now. The CBS affiliate was able to do the live HD transmission for the on-air broadcast of Lantern Floating in May, and also has done HD satellite transmissions for other clients, most recently, the OC16 football game live from Leilehua High School last Friday night. A KGMB official said what they’re doing is different from other HD transmissions that have emanated from just a couple of venues around town that are wired for fiber like Aloha Stadium. KGMB’s fully mobile truck can send any format, HD or SD feeds, anywhere…The recent ATT commercial shoot that was shot on Oahu in June and shown several times during the Olympics had KGMB provide satellite reception in our studio for one day when director Rocky Morton and BBDO needed to see a live casting session in L.A. while they were here filming here…

 

Knight Rider update: Looks good for the series to shoot on Oahu for three days but in October. Producers have already contacted a very film friendly hotel here for accommodations but no deal done yet. Look for the return of producer Francis “Frank” Conway with the show…

 

There was a casting call for the $3 million The Lost Medallion independent feature film that begins some six weeks of filming on Kauai in late October. They were looking for any ethnicity but particularly interested in Pacific islander looking kids. Casting was done through the Beverly Holloway Casting…The casting reportedly is confirmed but no news if deals have been signed yet. All the filming will be done on Kauai with some on the north and east sides. Of the 40 crew are all local except for three key positions…

 

Local production crew have also hear about the huge Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon film to be directed by Cameron Crow slated for a January start date on Oahu but nothing firmed up yet until that pesky SAG contract situation is settled…

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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