Katharine McPhee, co star of You May Not Kiss the Bride


There’s good news and bad news about Hawaii Film Partners feature You May Not Kiss the Bride wrapping tomorrow with filming at HMI studios in Halawa Valley and at Bamboo Ridge in east Oahu. HFP has successfully completed its first feature film on time and reportedly under budget, sources said. The producers including HFP’s Rann and Gina Watumull and Show Entertainment’s David and Shauna Jackson surprisingly attracted notable actors like David Annable, Katharine McPhee, Vinny Jones, Tia Carrere, and Rob Schneider and a highly competent and genuinely nice director Rob Hedden who also wrote the romantic comedy…The script is genuinely funny from start to finish and could be a surprise hit for a $6-million plus project…What YMNKTB proves – at least to this reporter – is that it’s not necessary to spend tens of millions of dollars to produce a quality project…To quote an oft used phrase: “It’s about the writing stupid”…








David Annable and Tia Carrere


So what’s the bad news? There’s no other Hawaii production on the immediate horizon though ABC’s Lost will return for is sixth and final season with pre production July 20  and filming starting August 24…(Look for at least one additional episode or 17 instead of 16 in Season six and the possibility the finale will be more than two hours…There’s also the on again off again $7.5-million Soul Surfer feature project which could start pre production on Oahu in July for a four week shoot starting in mid August; or preproduction in August for a mid September shoot…The consensus among state and county film commissioners is that production is slow now and looks to continue that way until who knows when…


The Ben Stiller-Reese Witherspoon film to be directed by Cameron Crowe seems to have disappeared as has the announced last summer  updated version of Hawaii Five-0….


And depending what the Hawaii Legislature decided on Act 221 investment credits, the state could likely lose a large majority of independent feature and television projects that rely on investors for funding…


Hawaii Film Partners Watumulls praise Act 221 as a golden opportunity “to help create an indigenous film industry in Hawaii.” “The film industry in Hawaii prior to Act 221 was primarily using us as hirelings to Hollywood. There were very few productions created and owned out of Hawaii,” Rann says…


HFP’s Flight 29 Down TV series which was funded through Act 221 was the first series to come from a Hawaii-based production companyn that was broadcast on national TV.  The company’s Ape Escape – also an Act 221 beneficiary – is the first Hawaii produced animated series to be on TV as well…


“If Act 221 goes away there will no longer be capital for us to do this in Hawaii,” Rann said.


All the independent filmmakers in Hawaii  have used Act 221 to raise money because it’s “a capital generation act. It was brilliant in how it worked. If it goes away all this production activity will disappear,” Watumull said…

According to Watumull, state tax department figures prove that Act 221 “is the best incentive plan ever.” According to Watumull, the state has spent about $300 milllion in credits since the acts inception and created a 1.4 billion spend in Hawaii from productions and other high tech industries. That’s a three to one return. “Where as if the state spents a $1 on a highway project it’s gone that money is gone,” Watumull says…According to Gina Watumull, thee average salary of an employee working for an Act 221 company is $67,000… 


To repeal Act 221 doesn’t make sense,  adds David Jackson of Entertainment Showcase, partners with HFP.


“The federal government is trying to do stimulus packages,” he says. Act 221 is one of those that is already built in and by repealing it that’s an anti stimulus package. Why stifle the economy?”


Watumull recognizes that Act 221 critics say the legislation “benefits the rich.” “You can’t invest in something like this unless you are an accredited investor which means having a lot of money. It creates capital that creates companies that create job”…


The Watumulls and Jacksons emphasized that You May Not Kiss the Bride  “could not have made this movie without Act 221.”


ALOHA MEANS GOODBYE : Director Rob Hedden says goodbye to Vinne Jones and Mena Suvari







HFP “will not cease as a company;  we’re not going away,” Watumull said. “But that being said, for our future priojects if we raise financing from outside sources we may be forced to film outside Hawai”…Jackson said Hawaii is competing with locations like Michigan. “If we shot there they will give back 42 percent of what you spend on your budget…Michigan would rather give back 42 percent to get their people back to work”…


“What’s so darn frustrating is to see the potential like what we did with Flight 29 Down in building a product working out of Hawaii. I would love to keep these crews busy every day of the year with projects…but with act 221 talk going back and forth the worse thing for investors is uncertainty”…


Wardrobe is always busy












An extra holds a fake drink 













Pool scene at Paul Mitchell Estate








Vinnie Jones gets a touch up




Recreating the famous kiss in From Here to Eternity; Don King filming










Extras chat with Vinnie Jones















Dave Annable (l), Katharine McPhee (center) 






 The indefatigable Blaise Noto, unit publicist





Saturday’s Bride shot at Bamboo Ridge near Halona Blowhole – only one shot being filmed – is the completion of a scene shot a few weeks ago (see pic above). Tomorrow’s scene features David Annable popping up in the ocean after their stunt doubles had  fallen off the cliff in the scene.  The camera then sees the bad guy dead (the one holding the gun above who looks like Vinnie Jones) on the ledge below the cliff…





Rann Watumull, executive producer, and water safety staff check out a Bamboo Ridge location Saturday for the final shot of You May Not Kiss the Bride…











The final scene location


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