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Star photog/artist Dave La Chappelle (above) will direct a music video in Hana, Maui next month featuring the artist India Arie. Filming is scheduled  June 1-3 wrapping on June 4. The production company is Hana Productions. The production is looking for key players for the shoot,including  a 1st AC, 2nd AC, BB Electric, Grips, VTR, Playback, PA’s and 12-15 dark complected  model/dancer types. For more information contact  Shawn Spillett at or by calling 808-268-1081…







Hawaii holds a special place in Arie’s creativity. According to a Billboard interview, it was a soul-searching sojourn in Hawaii that helped sow those seeds personally and musically. As she recovered from a failed relationship, and some major business decisions, Arie (above) traveled to Maui where she entered “into the next phase of my evolution; a healthier place where I need to do what I want to do.” Arie wrote 10 songs in 10 days in Hawaii… 











The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is accepting entries for its Fall 2009 showcase. Films in any genre, including feature films, documentaries, short films, Hawai‘i-themed films, music videos, and student films are being accepted. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2008. Work that has had commercial, theatrical, or television play in the U.S., and feature films that have had any public or festival screenings in Hawaii, are ineligible. 




The festival will run from Thursday, Oct. 15 to Sunday Oct. 25, 2009. Entry deadline is JULY 6, 2009 (final). Entry fees range from $20-$70. Films one to 40 minutes in length are considered Short Films. Films 41 minutes or more are considered Feature Films. The short film categories include Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Pacific Panorama Short, Made in Hawaii, Student under 18, and Music Videos. Information on how to apply can be found by visiting      




The 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival will be held October 15-25. For more information please visit our website at








MAY 18 UPDATE:  Believe it! Cooler Kings, the police procedural pilot by producer Jerry Bruckheimer,  plans to shoot on Oahu in late July. If that’s picked up as a series for A&E, then filming will begin in March or April, said sources in Los Angeles…Current discussions about Cooler Kings’ first season likely will be eight, hourlong episodes…


The series budget will be under the cable television rates which are far less than ABC’s Lost estimated $2.5 million an episode…The timing of Cooler Kings arrival on Oahu couldn’t be better next year, said several Lost crew. With Lost finishing its final season next March or April, many Hawaii crew could transition to the new series without any work stoppage…The Hawaii Film Studio also would be available for the first time in nearly seven years and, sources said, Bruckheimer and company  hope to at least reserve the facility to base the production there since they’re pretty confident that the series will be greenlit, sources said….


Soul Surfer redux: Producer/director Sean McNamara, producer Doug Schwartz and several other of the film’s executives arrive this week to the film’s production base at  Turtle Bay Resort for the four week “script polish and prep”…


The oft postponed production is on track to begin  pre production in late June for an Aug.3 start filming date. The film about Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton’s shark attack, recovery and success as a professional surfer despite having lost an arm will shoot at least 80 percent on Oahu and the rest on Kauai. The film’s budget has also increased 25 percent from about $7.5 million to $10 million…The script is by Brian Hurvitz…



JUST IN: A&E has greenlit the  Jerry Bruckheimer drama pilot Cooler Kings, a police show set in Honolulu. Tristan Patterson (The Electric Slide)





wrote the pilot. The series centers on a former Honolulu cop who’s out to avenge the death of his girlfriend. He falls into a group of mysterious detectives known as the Cooler Kings who are looking to combat the dark side of Hawaii…



Patterson reportedly will executive produce with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. Bruckheimer-produces CSI: Miami, the TNT drama Dark Blue and is developing the script Cocaine Cowboys at HBO. If Cooler Kings is picked up as a series, it’s expected to launch in spring or summer 2010. A&E also produces Dog the Bounty Hunter here…


According to published reports, Cooler Kings was originally envisioned for FOX, as Bruckheimer began expanding his presence to cable. But A&E expressed an interest in the script and ordered up a pilot…Sources said that Cooler Kings is a working title…The main character – an ex–Honolulu cop bent on revenge for the death of his girlfriend meets – has not been cast yet. In the story he meets a mysterious crew of detectives – the Cooler Kings – who offer him an unlikely chance at redemption. “Honolulu used to be a paradise. Now it’s a 21st century boomtown of vice, narcotics, power, corruption, betrayal and murder.” This surf-noir crime show is about a cop saving a world  – his world, his paradise – one case at a time. The series is from Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Horizon Television…





ABC has been filming The Bachelor on Maui moving to the Big Island this week for two days shooting…The production will be based at the Hilton Waikoloa…




America’s Next Top Model for The CW also is filming on Maui and the Big Island…












LMNO Productions, Inc., one of the leading producers of programming for the premier American cable networks, next week will begin filming for about two days an as yet unnamed reality show on the Big Island with a 10-person crew while based at the Hilton Waikoloa Resort. Filming will take place at the resort and off property. Some Big Islanders working on the show or connected to it have had to sign confidentially agreements to not discuss the show. The production is an “offshoot” of another reality show, sources said. The Big Island remains Hawaii’s location of choice for reality  show. In January, the Hilton Waikoloa also was home base for VH1’s My Antonio reality series, which airs later this month…


LMNO’s most recent productions are, Steve Fossett: What Went Wrong? for the Discovery Channel; National Body Challenge, Could You Survive?, Marathon Love and Iraq: Front-line ER for Discovery Health Channel; A Face For Yulce for TLC; My War Diary for Military Channel; Over Your Head for HGTV and Wedding Central for WeTV. In syndicated daytime television, LMNO and Telepictures joined together to produce the daily talk show Dr. Keith Ablow, which premiered Fall 2006. LMNO’s programming and production services, the LMNO Media Group was formed in early 2004 to offer corporate clients the creation of industrial and educational videos, commercials and visual marketing tools designed to increase sales, enhance recruiting and support publicity campaigns…






Entourage films @ Waimanalo Beach



HBO’s award winning series Entourage (above filming at Waimanalo Beach in April 2008) is on track to film again on Oahu likely in August. A writer for the show spent several days here doing “research” and was hosted at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The storyline may revolve around the show’s fictional James Cameron film Aquaman, sources said. In 2006, a two-page ad placed by HBO in Variety, the Hollywood trade publication,





declared that Aquaman, starring Vincent Chase, was the “biggest box office splash in history,” bringing in an astounding $116 million in its opening 3-day weekend. The ad did not mention that this of course took place on the HBO show Entourage, which follows the life of an upcoming movie star Vincent Chase, played by Adrian Grenier (below right).


entourage-star-adrian-grenier-copyCameron said that he has received phone calls from acquaintances congratulating him and asking about the film Aquaman, not knowing that it does not exist…














PPM is offering a new workshop on HD workflow presented by two Academy for Creative Media  graduates. 
PreProPost HD Film Production
Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm
Instructor: Henry Mochida and Mark Wolf
Location: Saturday: on location; Sunday: UHM Sakamaki C104, Mänoa MultiMedia Lab
Fee: $150
Register for: L10340
The PreProPost HD workshop is designed to jump-start you into the entire production workflow of HD technology from pre-production through post-production in a 2-day workshop. This challenging experience begins in pre-production where we breakdown a script and plan for production through storyboarding, shot listing, and scheduling. Then leave the classroom and go onto an independent film set for hands-on experience in all major roles of production. The final phase of post-production covers the HD workflow, which involves learning the key steps of editing, finishing, and outputting to multiple formats. This adventure is directed towards individuals looking to get a first taste of filmmaking in the latest HD technology has to offer.
Henry Mochida has worked in the film and video industry for the past 3 years as a director, director of photography, and editor. He studied at the Academy for Creative Media and his work has premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival on numerous occasions.  He is the DP for the Wayne Ward Actor’s Showcase Honolulu, HI.  He is currently a commercial director/DP with HDology, a Hawai’i based production company, and is the owner of HenHaus Productions L.L.C that specializes in Web Cinema Marketing.
Mark Wolf’s film background includes a degree from the Academy for Creative Media, work at LOST, PBS, Showdown in Chinatown, and experience on over 80 films, including festival award-winners. He is an owner of 3 production companies, including HDology, a HD commercial narrative production company that features 2 RED cameras. Recently Wolf produced a piece for the Barack Obama campaign that played at the Democratic National Convention.
To register call 956-8400. For more information on PNM’s summer workshops go to






Here’s a request from Hawaii’s Science and Technology Council asking Hawaii’s production industry to e-mail or call Gov. Lingle to 
ask her to veto SB199 and tell the governor 
what the loss of investment capital 
means for your company.



E-Mail: or call 586-0034

cc: or call 586-0036, Governor’s Chief Policy Advisor


On Tuesday the House rejected industry’s proposed floor amendment which would have provided the state with $151 Million in savings and preserved industry’s access to capital.  They in-fact voted to support the existing SB199 Conference Draft which effectively kills Act 221 through the elimination of the 2:1 credit allocation policy and replaces it with a 1:1 limitation.  We anticipate that the Senate will approve the bill on Thursday after which it will go to the Governor for her signature.


The ONLY RECOURSE now is to ask the Governor to VETO the bill.  We expect that she will quickly sign the bill into law so your IMMEDIATE action is required.  Let the Governor know how angry you are with this bill by telling her how it specifically impacts you or your company.  Tell her that it undermines the innovation economy, kills jobs, kills companies and kills Hawaii’s future.







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