WHEEL DEAL$ FORTUNE FOR WAIKOLOA & PROD. CREW

WHEEL DEAL$ FORTUNE FOR WAIKOLOA & PROD. CREW

 

FINAL WHEEL OF FORTUNE UPDATE: Cast & crew of Wheel of Fortune used as many as 300 rooms a night during their month stay at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island, or about 5,000 nights. More than 8,000 people attended the eight tapings at the resort over the four days of filming. There were 225 crew from Los Angeles and 200 from Hawaii, including the Big Island and Oahu. Wheel of Fortune, which is seen weekly by 47 million viewers, invested close to $5 million in the Hawaii show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEEL UPDATE: Wheel of Fortune during their recent Big Island filming teamed with film commissioner John Mason and the county Film Office to sponsor the Student Video Project. In conjunction with the show’s recent tapings. Wheel producers awarded Sony Handycam camcorders to the Project that have been gifted to the winning schools – Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Konawaena High School, Parker School and Keaau Youth Business Center.  In all, 26 students and faculty visited the Wheel of Fortune set at the Hilton Waikoloa Village last Saturday. The students met the production crew and taped an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the show. Nineteen Big Island schools, all with digital video production programs, were invited to submit proposals that included information about the school’s video program, the type of projects they work on, and where the school sees the program in the future. 

 

 

 

Three Big Island filmmakers – cinematographer Howard Wexler, documentary filmmaker Sally Lundburg and Jon Sabati, technical coordinator for Na Leo O Hawaii in Kona, the community access cable television station, reviewed the proposals and selected the winners. The submissions were judged on their creative approach to the project at hand, their probability of success, and the educational and learning benefits. 

 

Tropic Plunder!: You knew it would happen eventually. Ben Stiller‘s Tropic Thunder comedy last weekend surpassed the magic $100-million mark in ticket sales and now stands at $102,970 million…

 

A small army known as Wheel of Fortune has established a beachhead command center at the Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Buddha Point on the Big Island where the filming of 20 shows begins tonight on a lavish stage of green carpet, tiki torches, straw huts, manufactured palm trees and stunning views brought from Hollywood along with all the stage, video, lighting, rigging equipment in 37 containers. The containers and a dozen massive production trucks fill a narrow road on the north end of the sprawling hotel’s Ocean Tower where some 200 crew and executives are residing. Lights have been set up on both sides of the backdrop bay so when the high definition television cameras span the ocean the lighting will show every detail of this dramatic stretch of coastline….

 

 

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Vanna White and Pat Sajak did several dozen stand-up spots around the Big Island, including a remote waterfall in HIlo and scenic points in Waikoloa and the hotel.

 

 

According to a Los Angeles production, when filming begins the production will generate enough electricity to power a nuclear submarine. Last night Thursday, a run through rehearsal – minus Pat and Vanna – was done with hundreds of excited hotel employees attending…Glitches were minor…

 

‘This really isn’t brain surgery,” said supervising producer Steve Schwartz who started with Wheel 18 years ago as a production assistant. “We do two remotes a year and have crew who have been with us a very long time so we know how to get it done right pretty much the first time out of the box”…More than 100 Hawaii crew either from Oahu or the Big Island are working on the production and have nothing but positive things to say about the production…

 


 

“They treat people with respect and as professionals,” said Honolulu sound man John Reynolds. “They know what they’re doing and respect that we know what we’re doing.” Another Hawaii crew from Hilo said “there is no “L.A. attitude on the Wheel production.” “You get used to L.A. productions acting like we’re from L.A. and we only know the right way to do things,” said the crew member who worked on the Indiana Jones sequel. “The Wheel people actually ask us our opinions to do something differently that might be better. It’s nice not to be treated like a robot.”

 

Earlier in the week when a still photographer was told by the cameraman to stop taking photos because the sound of the cameras were distracting, White after the filming was completed waited behind five more minutes so the still photographer could get the shots he missed. “Everyone here has a job to do and to do it right we need to help one another no matter what job we have,” White said. “Staying a few minutes longer so the photographer could get his shots is good for me and the show. It’s just cooperating.”

 

Security is tight with Sony Television bringing in a force of its own staff headed by a not-to-be-fooled with former marine with a handle bar moustache named Al. Private Security of Honolulu and owned by Charlie Long also is working the show guarding the production equipment and keeping the curious off the stage…

 


Wheel of Fortune is spending millions of dollars filming in Hawaii including more than $1 million in Hawaii crew salaries…Depending on weather filming will be completed Monday…

 

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