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Hawaii Film Partners To Produce Oahu-based Feature

Hawaii Film Partners To Produce Oahu-based Feature

                         

Hawaii Film Partners, the six-year-old, Oahu-based production company that produced the teen television series Flight 29 Down for NBC and Discovery Kids network, has moved into the feature film and animated TV series world. HFP is producing the $6-million adventure comedy tentatively titled Wedlock written and directed by Rob Hedden…Hedden has written for the Friday the 13th: The Series, and also has worked on several television shows including MacGyver, and screenplays Clockstoppers and The Condemned…Pre production begins right after Christmas with some 25 days of filming to start in mid February at several locations around Oahu. Likely film title will be You May Not Kiss the Bride, sources said…

 

Primary casting in Los Angeles is by Nancy Nayor (Nim’s island). Hawaii casting is through veteran Margaret Doversola. There are 10-12 primary characters to be cast in Los Angeles with an equal amount of speaking parts cast here for Hawaii actors. Hawaii will double for Chicago and Tahiti…

 

Here’s the story:

A young man’s goal in life is to be a National Geographic photographer but to support himself he’s a pet photo. One day the wife of a Croatian mobster comes to the studio with her prize cat to be photographed. A bulldog he’s photographing escapes and pummels the cat. The next time the audience sees the animal it’s in a full body cast…It’s not long before the photog is visited by the mobster’s goons who first manhandle him then take him to a restaurant for a meeting with the crime boss.The career criminal says “I can just kill you now or we can come to an agreement. You marry my daughter and in one year we have the marriage annulled and she gets a green card. But you can’t touch her because she’s going to marry my right hand man, Yuri.” The photographer agrees. Meanwhile to hedge his bet, the mobster tries to bribe an INS agent to get his daughter the green card one-way or the other. On the “honeymoon”, Yuri double crosses his mobster boss and kidnaps the girl. Now the photographer has to rescue the girl while he eludes the angered mobster, the right hand man Yuri, and corrupt INS agents. In the process, the photographer and his faux bride fall in love…

 

HFP also is in full production with the Chinese city of Changzhou and South Korean animation firm Gagwon Information Multi-Media Corporation to produce GPM_Group_FieldGuardians of the Power Masks, in 26, 30-minute animated episodes. The story follows the adventures of a Chinese-American girl who gains super powers when wearing a power mask…All 26 stories have been chosen and approved by the company’s Korean and Chinese partners. Three quarters of the stories are written by HFP’s seven Hawaii writers at its Hawaii Kai studio. The company also is doing the storyboarding and some voice recordings…HFP has not yet selected a U.S. broadcaster for the show that also will be shown in China and Korea where animation is being done. Episode one is expected to air in Fall 2009…

 

 

 

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LOST’s Josh Holloway recently did a two-day still shoot for Paris-based Davidoff’s Cool Water fragrance at Halona bay, aka From Here to Eternity Beach.

HollowayHolloway has been the frangrance’s spokesman since summer 2007.  Photographer was New York-based Mikael Jansson. Oliver Van Doorne, worldwide creative director for the ad agency, called Hawaii’s locations “Spectacular, breathtaking, other worldly”…Stephanie Spangler was locations manager…The production included some eight Hawaii crew…The day before the Halono shoot filming was at an equally spectacular beach in Ko Olina…The visiting crew and ad executives stayed at the Kahala Resort…HMI provided equipment and some crew. Moumen El-Hajii, Hawaii’s busiest production caterer did the meals. Charley Long’s Private Security provided security…The new advertising campaign will debut sometime in 2009…

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“We’ll definitely be back to Hawaii,” said Van Doorne (above right)…

 

 

Sad to report that Los Angeles-type thuggery between competing paparazzi has apparently landed on the Big Island. During filming on the Big Island of The Tempest, a newbie paparazzi, who brags that he’s been on the Big Island “for one second” verbally threatens two apparent rivals with physical violence if they don’t leave the island right away and never return…The thuggish man not only threatens the other male photographer, but also his female companion near the beach fronting the Marriott Waikoloa where The Tempest actors were filming. The angry man, who knows he’s being filmed, refuses to listen to reason and repeats his threats…Reel Hawaii knows the identity of this man, his business name and Web site. He also shoots surfing and wedding ceremonies and receptions on the Big Island. Check out the video of the confrontation athttp://www.facebook.com/p.php=i=711843814&k=55FT3WQR42XM5BFCRDVYPV

 

 The Tempest production didn’t do any significant media, local or otherwise while filming here…”There’s a total and complete lock down,” one crew member said. “No press, no media, no coverage, no set visits, nothing…Another production member said, “The schedule is so tight that they can’t take any disruption at all. We’re behind maybe a half day and on the Big Island the production has no cover sets, so when it rains we’re screwed”…

Tempest filmmakers have applied for Act 88 state tax credits, which would give them a 20-percent discount on production expenditures spent in Hawaii. Of the film’s $20 million budget, $4-5 million will be spent for the Big Island portion of the film and about $6 million on Lanai where there was three weeks of filming. The money the production is spending on the Big Island “is very welcome. This is a hugely prestigious film, not like anything we’ve seen since I’ve been here. Of course, Indiana Jones is special in another way – but this is a very top, first-class production with amazing people from top to bottom, a wonderful project. It’s a jewel for the Big Island which is being showcased very well,” said Big Island film commissioner John Mason

 

The stern section of an ancient sailing ship used as a major prop in the last two days of Tempest filming in HIlo was built at Oahu’s Island Film Group/HMI studios in Halawa…The prop was used in night storm scenes originally that was originally planned to shoot in in a warehouse but instead shot in “a river section” near the Suisan Fish Market along Waiolama Canal in Hilo…If you’re wondering how Miramax was able to sign such notable and high salary actors like Helen Mirren for such a low-budget project, the actors got a small amount of money up front but got back-in points, sources said…

 

Commercial Beat: Look for Calvin Klein to shoot a commercial on Oahu likely in January that will include “a major celebrity.” Crew and models will stay in Waikiki…Meanwhile Shiseido did a recent shoot on Oahu produced by Magic Island Productions. Besides some downtown Honolulu exteriors  and studio work at HMI, there were several shoots on private property…

 

As for the previously  mentioned Island Film Group, the production company has a slate of projects planned. The production company most recently co-produced the Princess Kaiulani drama with Matador Pictures and Trailblazer Films. PK is scheduled for release in 2009…Island Film Group is currently developing additional Hawaii-based film and television projects for production, including the Untitled Koolau feature film project based on the true story of Kaluaikoolau of Kauai, who refused to be separated from his wife and young son and face exile in the leper colony; Darkness in Paradise, a feature film project based on the infamous Massie case of the 1930s, in which young Thalia Massie accused five local men of rape, but none were convicted;  Go For Broke,  a feature film based on the famed nisei soldiers of the 100th Battalion/442d Regimental Combat Team during World War II; and  The Tattoo, a feature film based on the novel by local author  Chris McKinney, is a gritty coming of age story about a young man from Windward Oahu set against the dark underbelly of Honolulu..

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IFG principals are  Roy Tjioe and Ricardo Galindez (above)

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPEST CHARGES ON SUNDAY; BIG ISLAND NEXT WEEK

TEMPEST CHARGES ON SUNDAY; BIG ISLAND NEXT WEEK

 

Actor Djimon Hounsou rehearses a scene and rocks the set on Lanai’s The Tempest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miramax’s indie feature film The Tempest with a stellar cast that includes Academy Award winners like Helen MIrren has faced fire, heavy rains, gale force winds and the Lanai’s famous red mud but seems to be back on shooting schedule though yeoman work by crew and cast that included a rare Sunday filming. Mahalo nui loa to Splash News for the exclusive set photos…

 

Now it’s off to the Big Island where filming begins on Monday at Anaehoomalu Bay in Waikoloa for a day before heading to Kekaha Kai State Beach for a two-day shoot and other Big Island locations in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puna District, and Hilo where the $20 million production wraps Dec. 18. The production has built on Oahu about one third of the stern section of an ancient sailing vessel that will be used for their Dec. 17-18 night filming of a storm sequence in Hilo. Filming was set to to be done in a warehouse but, sources said, will now be shot in “a river section.”…The ship which took two weeks to build is in sections and being loaded tomorrow on a barge at Honolulu Harbor then shipped to Hilo where it will be assembled and dressed…The Tempest wraps Dec. 18. Cast and crew have a day of rest on Dec. 19 then fly out Dec. 20…

 

 

Russell Brand (left) & Djimon Hounsou (far right)

 

 

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Russell Brand having fun (left & below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Hana hou to Mynette Louie (above), formerly of the Hawaii Film Office where she did extensive work about tax incentives, legislative issues and oversaw renovation of the Hawaii Film Studio. The feature film Louie produced – Children of Invention written and directed by Tze Chun – will premiere at the Sundance Film
Festival in the “Spectrum” category in January. In Children of Invention two young children living illegally in a model apartment outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their hardworking mother disappears.  The film is the debut feature by Chun and loosely based on his own Sundance 2007 short Windowbreaker that earned him a spot on Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “Top 25 New Faces of Indie Film” list. The film stars Cindy Cheung (Lady in the Water) and newcomers Michael Chen and Crystal Chiu. The
film was shot by Chris Teague, who lensed Sundance  shorts Man, The Second Line, and Salt Kiss; edited by Anna Boden, co-produced by Dave Saltzman, and scored by T. Griffin. The film was financed by Sasquatch Films and Impact Partners…Here’s Indiewire’s coverage of the “Spectrum” films at Sundance 2009:
http://www.indiewire.com/ots/2008/12/sundance_09.html…

 

 

COCONUT WIRELESS: It’s true that fashion company Calvin Klein wants to do a shoot on Oahu as early as January but “nothing is finalized,” several sources said. The production would be shot over several days here with non local crew and talent – including “a major celebrity” –  likely staying in luxury Waikiki accommodations…No location permits have yet been issued…

 

Hawaii’s production industry is abuzz about CBS’s remake of the Hawaii FIve-0 series, saying that the network has given the green light for 13 epsiodes and not requiring a pilot. The network likes the episode one script, sources said. The only problem is that CBS has kept quiet about any production start date…

 

LA BEAT: A man has been charged in last month’s vicious attack on actor Jason Momoa

 

who made his acting debut in Baywatch Hawaii and went on to star in Stargate Atlantis. Momoa was allegedly struck in the face with a glass by a 21-year-old man after a verbal altercation at a West Hollywood restaurant. Momoa required 140 stitches and reconstructive surgery after his face was shattered. The alleged assailant was out on probation for a gun charge conviction and has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon…

 

 

HAPPENING: Shiseido, the oldest cosmetic company founded in 1872, will film as many as eight days on Oahu starting Saturday. Local production company is Magic Island Productions. Weekend filming is in downtown Honolulu with most other locations at private condominium properties. The remarkable aspect of this shoot being in Hawaii is that Shiseido usually does these campaigns in Los Angeles but found everything they needed in Honolulu, according to two sources familiar with the project. The production is bringing about 22 crew from Japan but will use more than 100 Hawaii crew and extras..

 

The Big Island’s Island Planet One Productions has signed on Hawaii-born actor 

Jason Scott Lee for voice overs for the  company’s animated science fiction feature strange frame: Love & Sax. Lee, who lives in Volcano, has said he wants to help the Big Island’s production industry grow. The 100-minute 2-D and 3-D, $2.5 million feature was created by  animator GB Hajim and musician Shelley Doty. (Below)

 

 

 

The project began in 2005 and will be released in 2009, said Hajim. The producer described the film as “one musician’s journey to save her lover from a killer than few can survive: Stardom. It’s about choosing friendship and love over fame and fortune,” Hajim said. The main characters are the musicians Naia & Parker. Casting is by the Big island’s Laura Bollinger…IPOP has received permission from Roger Waters of Pink Floyd to use the Gunner’s Dream from the Final Cut for our movie; only five domestic films in 35 years have gotten permission to use Pink Floyd songs…Impressive! 

 

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gets tapped for stardom and Parker is left behind.

Parker’s journey is to try to reconnect with Naia… who has been pulled away from her…

 

 

 

Parker puts on a “Prox”

 

 

 

 

 

(Left) A groupie whispers to Systrom Star Chandra Childs

 

 

 

 

RUMOR ONGOING Chapter III: The oh-so-hush-hush Cameron Crowe project starring Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon this summer was looking for sumo wrestler to appear in the film, sources said. Crowe apparently pushed the project back from a December pre production date because he didn’t want to start in Hawaii during the Christmas season… 

 

 

 

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