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

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

 

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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

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