MTV’s The Hills snuck into Oahu to film some three days in and around the Turtle Bay Resort a & OceanVillas and  North Shore, including a bonfire at Kawela Bay, a hotel Jacuzzi near the Turtle Bay pool, surfing at Sunset Beach, and possibly a dinner at  Haleiwa Joe’s…The series’ crew arrived from Los Angeles last Friday with the actors landing on Oahu on Sunday afternoon. The production used about 20 local and L.A. crew. HMI of Honolulu provided some equipment. The actors are staying in four of Turtle Bay’s luxury oceanfront cottages – about $500 a night minus a production discount – in the  block, and two second floor villas. The actors leave tomorrow (Tuesday) while the production ramps out on Wednesday…Turtle Bay Resort officials declined all comment citing a confidentiality clause with MTV…Jim Triplett, location  manager for Lost, is assisting with locations on The Hills…The cast on Oahu includes Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port,  Lo Bosworth, and Stephanie Pratt. Patridge was on Oahu last year when she appeared in the straight to DVD in Into the Blue: 2…Also here was Brody Jenner and two unnamed men…

















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Good news on the Hawaii production front! The on-again, off-again Soul Surfer bio pic about Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton 



who had her left arm bitten off by a tiger shark some five years ago and is now on the professional surfing circuit, is slated to begin filming on Oahu in mid April. That”s according to creative producer Dutch  Hoffstetter who says the production has the $7.5-million to get started….The production, which had hoped to begin filming last September, will be based  at the Turtle Bay Resort. “Ninety-five percent” of Soul Surfer will film along Oahu’s North Shore with some second unit work on Kauai, the producer said…Hofstetter describes Hamilton’s the  feature films as “Blue Crush meets Chariots of Fire“…


The film is based on Hamilton’s book, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board…




Soul Surfer chose Oahu instead of Hamilton’s home base on Kauai for budget reasons since the majority of needed crew live on Oahu, Hoffstetter said. The script, which had to have approval of the Hamilton family, has gone through at least three revisions and two other writers. The final script is by Brian Horowitz, Hoffstetter said. Co producers are David Brookwell and Sean McNanamarawho also is directing. Brookwell-McNamara  produced three season of Beyond the Break primarily on Oahu’s West side…According to Hoffsettter, Brian Keaulana will be in charge of water safety. Kauai waterman Titus Kinimaka and his wife also will work on Soul Surfer…Filming will be five weeks. Hamilton will do her own surfing but will not act in the film, the producer said….Casting for principal roles is being done in Los Angeles…There will be some 65 local crew, Hoffstetter said…



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CANDIDATES FOR THE 2009 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION are: Walea Constantinau – Film Commissioner, City and County of Honolulu; Gerard Elmore – director/producer, Shooters; Rick Galindez, producer, Island Film Group, Lisa Higuchi – president, Levity Media; Bob Johnson – DP/gaffer, Hilight; Genie Joseph – owner, Hawaii Movie Studio; Mike Knowles – DP/camera operator, Millenium Films/Maui; Lew Lappert – Media Historian; Angela Laprete –production supervisor, A Laprete Production; Robert Olague – president, HSTV (Hawaii Student Television); George Russell – actor/assistant director; Stephanie Spangler – producer, Hawaii Film Authority; Jason Suapaia – president & producer, Pacific Focus; Rann Watumull – producer, Hawaii Film Partners; Jim Wiseman – producer/director, Wiseman & Co./Kauai…




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