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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