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TEMPEST POWERS THROUGH FIRE & RAIN AND LOTS OF RED MUD

TEMPEST POWERS THROUGH FIRE & RAIN AND LOTS OF RED MUD

 

 

 

Rocker-turned-actor Reeve Carney is the latest cast member of The Tempest, director Julie Taymor’s gender-bending Shakespeare play adaptation. Chris Cooper, who joined the cast a week ago, plays Antonio, who usurps the Duchess of Milan, Prospera, played by Helen Mirren (in the play, the character was male). Carney plays Ferdinand, the son of the king of Naples, played by Jeremy Irons…Carney is the lead vocalist and guitar player for his band, Carney. Taymor discovered him in New York when she went to see his band perform.

 

The beautifully renovated Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort & Spa has scored big time the last couple of months in attracting film productions…The resort just finished housing for about three weeks the cast and crew of Honokaa Boy that shot primarily in Honokaa. Now comes about 95 cast and crew for at least three days for Miramax’s The Tempest. Marriott Waikoloa execs are ecstatic…“We’re very, very excited and grateful,” said a Marriott sales exec…Several crew working on The Tempest on Lanai told Reel Hawaii that the Marriott stay is “a done deal”…

 

The $20-million production is scheduled to start its Big Island filming on Dec. 7 at Anaehoomalu Bay fronting the Marriott with a special effects scene shot with “a limited crew,” sources said.

 

 

 

The beach and bay must be cleared of boats and other beach activity gear like kayaks before the scene is filmed. The big scene includes having the shipwrecked cast walking ashore. But the trick is to show them leaving the water dressed and dry. To do that the characters may have to walk backwards into the water, sources said…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tempest production equipment needed for the Big Island filming will be shipped by chartered barge from Lanai on Dec. 5 to Kawaihae Harbor…

 

TheTempest production was only slightly affected by the recent Lanai fire. Shooting in the Manele Bay area was postponed for a day. The Hawaii crew which were staying at the Manele Bay Hotel had to be evacuated to several vacation homes in Lanai city while cast and production execs at the Lodge at Koele were able to stay put…

 

The crew have been moved back to the Manele Bay resort but will have to move out again this week to make room for guests who reserved accommodations there long before the production confirmed dates to film on the island. According to several Hawaii crew, the moving has not set well with the locals since the Hollywood crew, they said, has not had to relocate…Tempest executives were not available for comment…

 

Filming this week is scheduled at a “very muddy” Garden of the Gods, a nearby ironwood forest, and a kiawe thicket on the way to Shipwreck Beach…The production is filming six days a week instead of the usual five because of the tight shooting schedule and budget…

 

“It’s been really tough because (the producers) haven’t been able to do what they had planned to do when they planned to do it,” a Lanai source said. “They’ve had to switch things around because of the weather and the fire. Some of the locations have been so muddy that trucks got stuck..(The production) “is definitely behind schedule. I don’t know how they’re going to make it up…schedules have had to be changed which has caused problems moving equipment to the new spots”…

 

Other Big Island locations include Kekaha Kai State Park,

two beach parks in Puna, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, then on the last day Dec. 18 a night shot in a Hilo warehouse that will be dressed to look like a ship interior…

 

Charley Long‘s Private Security is using 20 security workers for the Lanai shoot, including 12 from Lanai, five from the Big Island, and three from Oahu…

 

Coconut Wireless ALERT: CBS’s new Hawaii Five-0 series still has a tentative start production date on oahu of mid January though that was announced before last week’s Screen Actors Guild request to members for a strike vote…

 

JASON SCOTT LEE CO HOSTS LIFE IN THESE ISLANDS

JASON SCOTT LEE CO HOSTS LIFE IN THESE ISLANDS

 

 

Jason Scott Lee recently co-hosted Life In These Islands, a one-hour television special and future series that will celebrate Hawaii’s unique cultural heritage as well as provide practical ways in which people can move into a more positive and sustainable future. Lee’s co-host is radio personality Skylark RosettiLife in these Islands will do this through music, story telling and aloha. It’s about capturing and sharing the essence of all that we are and doing it in a way that inspires us to be better. The program is produced by Don Mapes and Kawika Kahiapo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Life in these Islands pilot is scheduled to air during the holidays or early 2009. Kamehameha Schools and Hawaiian Electric are sponsors. 

 

 

 

For more information go to:

 

http://www.lifeintheseislands.com/2008/10/10/large-demo/

 

Emme’s Island Moments presents “A Moment of Thanks” on Friday, Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. on KHON2. The Thanksgiving special features Emme Tominbang’s trip to the Philippines bridging the ties that bind Hawaii and the Philippines. Then she takes viewers on a tour of the sights, including the new mega shopping centers and “modern” Manila. There’s also a visit with actor/singer Sharon Cuneta, Broadway star, Loretta Ables Sayre who was nominated for a Tony award for her role in South Pacific, and finally a tribute to Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jimmy Borges

 

 

 

State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson and Honolulu film commissioner Walea Constantinau are attending the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Cineposium 08 in Wellington, New Zealand where commissioners from all over the world will discuss matters related to the film industry and fostering stronger production business in their respective countries. The conference is Nov. 19-23. Wellington is a favored filming destination for many filmmakers, including Peter Jackson, who shot parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Past events have been held in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. The event will draw AFCI members from more than 20 countries for a varied program of professional development courses, issue-oriented industry discussions and master classes…

 

HAWAII CHILDREN’S TRUST FUND (HCTF) teamed up with HAWAII STUDENT TELEVISION to have a video produced for their 15th anniversary celebration on Nov. 12. The Hawaii’s Children’s Trust Fund (HCTF) is a public-private partnership between the Hawai’i State Department of Health and the Hawai’i Community Foundation. The mission of the Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund is to ensure that Hawaii’s children develop into healthy, productive, and caring individuals by promoting the advancement of community family strengthening programs…

 

The Tempest filming began today on Lanai despite the blustery weather. Hawaii’s premier production set photog Mario Perez was unable to work on the production – he’s the picture man for ABC’s LOST – so the job went to Melinda Sue Gordon.

 

Gordon has worked on Leatherheads, There Will Be Blood, Nancy Drew, Ocean’s Thirteen, Blades of Glory, Good Night, Good Luck, and many others…Local IATSE member Serena Flores is assistant produciton manager under Angie Laprete

 


TEMPEST IS A WIN-WIN FOR LANAI, FOUR SEASONS & HAWAII

TEMPEST IS A WIN-WIN FOR LANAI, FOUR SEASONS & HAWAII

 

UPDATE: ABC’s Lost will premier season five on Jan. 21, according to Broadcasting & Cable and Entertainment Weekly. The three-hour premier will include a recap show followed by the first two episodes of the new season….

 

 

 

 

Lanai City: Kudos to Four Seasons executive Randy Clark for scoring a major coup for the resort in helping land the $20-million production The Tempest that begins filming some three weeks on Lanai next week. The two Four Seasons’ resorts – Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay –

are providing accommodations at a discounted rate to  about 100 cast and crew during filming, and pre production. “It’s very meaningful to have this production on Lanai,” said Clark, Four Seasons’ sales manager for Lanai. “The number of room nights the production will use – 1,000 – is very high and welcome in these slower (economic) times”…The only glitch is that another company bought out Manele Bay for later this month prior to the production finalizing its deal with Four Seasons. That means some crew and actors will temporarily move to private homes near Manele Bay for that period.

 

The cast is expected to arrive on Lanai by this weekend…

 

Clark emphasized that another reason for Four Seasons’ involvement is the company “knew that the people of Lanai would benefit (econonomically) from the production being here”…

 

Some 30 members of Hawaii’s IATSE union will be working on Tempest on Lanai and the Big Island in addition to Teamster drivers and some non union locals doing office work…Hawaii Media Inc’s Dean Des Jaralais is best boy electric on the production. The production is bringing to Hawaii from the mainland some key department heads…The gaffer, who has just finished working with Tempest‘s DP, is traveling from Ireland to work on the film…Three others in the electrical department working on Tempest are from Oahu and two from the Big Island…Production equipment brought in from the mainland first goes through Honolulu where it’s loaded onto the weekly barge for Lanai. A special barge already was chartered to get equipment to Lanai but the rest will be shipped on the regular weekly service…The production is using two cameras for the filming…

 

The Tempest will film on Lanai through Thanksgiving and to Dec. 5 before moving to the Big Island to start filming Dec. 7 for about 10 days. During those two days a barge chartered by the production will carry the equipment needed for the Big Island filming unloading at Kawaihae Harbor. 

 

 

 

Several sources said that the major challenge is the rugged terrain of the locations, describing them as “exotic” and “hard to get to,” and terrian so uneven that it’s difficult to get equipment set in upright positions. “Lots of lava and plenty of red dirt on Lanai,” one source said. For one scene the production will make its own rain…

 

Tempest filming on the Big Island will begin on the Kona side for two days then move to the Puna district and in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park…Filming here will depend on how bad the fumes are from vog, a source said…

 

Discussions about the production filming on Lanai started about a year ago but the agreement wasn’t finalized until earlier this month. Throughout the year Four Season’s Clark and Maui Film Commissioner Benita Brazier stayed in close communication in trying to work out a deal…Clark credited Brazier’s tireless efforts and the film’s location manager Val Kim whose “thousands of photos” of Lanai sites as eventually convincing producers to film The Tempest on Lanai…

 

Clark has been a major proponent of the production industry filming at  resorts while he was at the former Kahala Mandarin Oriental and now the Four Seasons properties on Lanai…A familiarization tour that Clark organized earlier this year that included Brazier and Kim and state film commissioner Donne Dawson provided updated information to attendees about the island… 

 

Donne Dawson, state Film Commissioner & Val Kim, Tempest locations manager

 

Julie Taymor is director/producer on The Tempest which stars Helen Mirren who “reigns over a magical island.” Mirren reportedly will be surrounded by Jeremy Irons, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Ben Wishaw and Felicity Jones...The film is being produced by Bob Chartoff, Lynn Hendee and Julia Taylor-Stanley. Miramax has acquired the rights to all English-speaking territories; Icon is handling foreign sales…                              

 

Mirren earned best actress honors for The Queen, Irons for Reversal of Fortune, and Rush for Shine. Hounsou won best supporting actor nominations for Blood Diamond and In America

Little reason to worry about wandering paparazzi or stalking fans since security is being handled by Hawaii’s private cop force Charlie Long‘s Private Security company using three of its Oahu veterans and as many as a dozen Lanai locals – some who work security at the island’s only airport – to assist in protecting Tempest from those pesky prying eyes…

 

Photos courtesy of Maui Visitors Bureau and others

FAVAH VETS VIE WITH HAWAII’S VANGUARD AT OCC

FAVAH VETS VIE WITH HAWAII’S VANGUARD AT OCC

 

 

 

FAVAH chairperson Stephanie Spangler and John Mason, Big Island Film Commissioner

 

They came, they chatted, they networked, and they asked and answered  questions. The Film and Video Association of Hawaii (FAVA) meeting last Saturday night at the Outrigger Canoe Club attracted more than 100 people from Hawaii’s production industry with even Big Island Film Commissioner John Mason taking time out from preparing for the Helen Mirren starer The Tempest making  the trip to Oahu…Oahu commissioner Walea Constinanau also attended…

 

(L-R) Donovan Ahuna, IATSE business agent; Walea Constantinau, Honolulu film commissioner; and Ken Sato, IATSE executive board member

 

The event was organized by FAVAH chairperson and locations manager Stephanie Spangler…A panel briefly made presentations about their own hopes and ideas for Hawaii’s production industry, including an emphasis that more you people be trained in various crew positions by IATSE and established crew as mentors. There were several comments by speakers emphasizing the importance of wannabes starting their production careers as production assistants…”This is not a business where you just step in as a director,” Spangler said…IATSE business agent Donovan Ahuna agreed that more IATSE workshops like the two done on the Big Island should be expanded to the other counties. “We need to train these keikis,” Ahuna said…

 

Producer Ric Galindez, Island Film Group; Genie Joseph, producer, Hawaii Film Studios; John Reynolds, Sea Otter Productions, Hawaii

 

Island Film Group’s Ric Galindez and Georja Skinner (director of Hawaii’s Creative Industries Division) agreed, saying that another goal must be to get as many qualified Hawaii crew hired on productions filmed here…

 

 (L-R) Ryan Kawamoto, Kinetic Productions; Georja Skinner, director, Creative Industries Division; and Andy Yamasato, Studio EX. 

 

 

 

 

 

Rann Watumull, Hawaii Film Partners,       

said his company has proven that local productions can produce their own products here successfully, point to Flight 29 Down and two animated shows the company is doing now in their Hawaii Kai studio…

The pep talks also emphasized that Hawaii’s production industry is a team effort regardless of what island a FAVAH member may be located and that continued success for Hawaii’s industry depends largely on a unified effort especially in the upcoming legislative session when purportedly some legislators are considering getting the state’s tax credits changed or revoked…  

 

(L) Hawaii filmmakers Torry Tukuafu & Gerard Elmore


Chuck Boller, director, Hawaii International Film Festival; and notable stylist Laine Rykes

 

 

Randy Spangler, locations manager; Chris Yozamtp with Bob Johnson, lighting technician

 

(Above left): Danny Rosner, HMI; Marilyn Mick, production scout & manager; Rick Galindez, producer/Island Film Group. (Above right): Robin Zucker, costumer & (r) Laine Ryles, stylist.

 

For a few moments some FAVAH members thought that Helen Mirren had stopped off on Oahu before making the trip to Lanai to start filming this week on The Tempest. Not quite but it was the look alike   award-winning costumer Kathe James who coincidentally is the “dresser” for Mirren. If the production needs a double maybe they can convince James to do both…                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Film and Video Association of Hawaii is being held tonight at the Outrigger Canoe Club with the theme of “The Old Guard meets the Vanguard” organized by locations manager Stephanie Spangler. The gathering is booked solid with no space available…The panel of speakers include from the Academy for Creative Media Gregg Ambrosius
; Hawaii Film Maker Gerard Elmore
; Hawaii International Film Association’s Leroy Jenkins
;  Hawaii International Film Festival executive director Chuck Boller; Hawaii Screen Writers Association’s Margaret South
; Hawaii Student Television’s Rob Olague
; Honolulu Film Office commissioner Walea Constantinau; IATSE business agent Donovan Ahuna
;  Island Flm Group’s either Ric Galindez or Roy Tjioe
; Musicians Union rep Brien Mattson
; Pacific Islanders in Communications’ Ruth Bolan
; and from the Teamsters, Jeannie Ishikawa


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Look for a full report on Monday, Nov. 10…

 

LOST GOES DOWNTOWN TO CRASH ON SOUTH

LOST GOES DOWNTOWN TO CRASH ON SOUTH

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABC’s LOST spent Saturday in Kakaako near downtown Honolulu to film a three-car Locke (Terry O’Quinn) oriented crash scene at South and Pohukaina streets which was closed to traffic and pedestrians most of the morning and afternoon…LOST  Special Effects coordinator Archie Ahuna coordinated the crash and rigged the vehicles that included a Mercury Marquis, SUV, and and old Toyota Camry. Charlie Long‘s Private Security team was out in force doing a yeoman job in keeping the curious public at bay and having to follow some production exec’s mandate to prevent photos from being taken despite photographers being on public property. (More about that in another column.)…Two special effects scenes were shot, including the crash and later a near roll over. Three Mercury Marquis were used including a rental which remained unscathed and two other used ones that were deliberately crashed in the stunt…In the scenes the cars had Oregon license plates…The production used three cameras to get the show – one of South street, on Pohukaina, and one on the 8th floor of the Circuit Court parking building. Lost top execs were out in force including producers Jack Bender and Jean Higgins…O’Quinn filmed some morning scenes but his stunt double took over for the crash…

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Photo (above) by Tina Lau

 

 

GOOD TO KNOW: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants millions of dollars in tax breaks for film and television companies that shoot productions in California, according to The Los Angeles Times. The proposal, which is similar to Schwarzenegger’s previous bids for such a tax break, has been rejected in the past by the state’s Legislature. Film industry officials say the tax credits are essential to keep California competitive, especially as the value of the dollar rises and Canada once again becomes an economical place for production companies to locate. California is one of only 10 states that do not offer financial incentives to movie and television companies. The tax concessions would probably cost the state at least $100 million a year, the Times says. Administration officials say the cut is necessary to stop the industry’s migration out of state. Disney’s hit television series Ugly Betty relocated to New York. Five years ago, 66 percent of all feature film production took place in California. Last year, the state claimed just 31 percent. About 250,000 Californians work in the industry. The governor’s proposal would extend the tax breaks only to new shows and those relocating to California from elsewhere. Productions already in California and unlikely to move elsewhere would not qualify. According to The Times, California filmmakers say the state’s dismal finances should bring more urgency – not less – to the proposal…

“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” said Stanley Brooks, president of Once Upon a Time Films in Santa Monica and chairman of the California Film Commission.

 

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