SOME MAYBES; FEW DEFINITES = KEEP FINGERS CROSSED

SOME MAYBES; FEW DEFINITES = KEEP FINGERS CROSSED

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One Kine Day, the locally made independent film, began shooting on Oahu last Thursday in Waimanalo for a 20 day shoot wrapping Aug. 18The production company is Haolewood. Screenwriter/director is Chuck Mitsui….There are more than 20 exterior Oahu locations being used in the $1-million budgeted feature...One Kine Day is a coming of age story about a 19-year-old Hawaiian skateboarder and his 15-year-old girlfriend. It’s about how he grows up very quickly in one day when his girlfriend tells him she’s pregnant and he loses his job…Angie Laprete and Torry Tukuafua are producers…

Production execs hope to show the film at the Sundance Film Festival in January…Local crew numbers about  60 a day…

Sources say the indie feature The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings is set to film in Hawaii this year…Fox Searchlight in 2007 bought the film rights to Hemmings’ darkly humorous first novel in 2007…The Descendants is set on Kauai featuring an unconventional family drama. It tells the story of a newly widowed father – the descendant of landowners and one of the richest men on Oahu – who takes off with his two rebellious daughters to track down his wife’s lover on Kauai…

Jerry Bruckheimer‘s television pilot Cooler Kings for A&E is taking it slow in developing the greenlit script which had been slated for August to film on Oahu…That shooting date may still happen but Warner Bros’. execs are being tight lipped about it…

Be sure to check out Island Film Group’s updated website – islandfilmgroup.com – especially the resources page which contains links like www.http://www.hawaiimedia.com/ that lists in detail all the services and equipment the company offers through HMI in Halawa Valley…The site also lists with photos, past, current, and future projects…IFG has become a one-stop shop for productions wanting to film in Hawaii needing financing, a soundstage, and production services…

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Island Film Group financed and co-produced Barbarian Princess starring Q’orianka Kilcher, and is also developing a 22-acre soundstage complex in Kapolei, Oahu along with L.A.’s SHM Partners…”While we are working hard to make Hawaii attractive for productions,” IFG’s Roy Tjioe tells Variety, “the ultimate goal is to be self-sustaining, which will enable us to tell more indigenous stories – and to rival Vancouver and New Zealand”…IFG can also be contacted at: P.O. Box 3261, Honolulu, HI 96801; or by calling 808-536-7995…

A family comedy in which kids defeat space aliens to save the world is scheduled to be shot in Hawaii this year, likely Kauai. Soakers is one of two movie of the weeks Island Film Group is considering co producing this year. The production was brought to IFG partners heads Galindez and  Tjioe by Empire Film Group Inc., a Malibu, Calif.-based independent film production and distribution company. Empire execs said the film is a comedy that combines elements of kids-as-cool-heroes movies Spy Kids and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. In a plot line released by Empire, twins move to the island of Hawaii with their mother and discover their schoolteachers and police are aliens who’ve been sent to destroy the human race and take over Earth…

The heroes are able to turn the tables on the aliens when they discover the outer space creatures can be annihilated by sneezing on them. The movie is planned for release next summer…

The Hawaii International Film Festival is presenting a special advance screening of Park Chan-wook’s vampire melodrama THIRST. This special screening is open to current HIFF Ohana members only. Director Park will introduce the movie and participate in a Q & A afterwards…The screening is Sunday, July 26 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters.  This year THIRST premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize.

The screening is limited on a first-come first-serve basis for HIFF Ohana Members ONLY. (Memberships current up to July 2009). Members will be mailed a ticket. If you have not received your ticket, please contact the membership department at membership@hiff.org or the main office at 528-3456. For more information about the screening, or to become a HIFF Ohana member, visit www.hiff.orgTHIRST is scheduled to be released by Focus Features theatrically in Honolulu August 14…

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Speaking of HIFF, the Maui-made feature film Haole Dayz starring local Hawaii actors Pomai Brown and Tess Yong has been submitted to the 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival for consideration. Check out the synopsis at www.haoledayz.com.

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Kim Spanoghe is producer for the Indie Kine Films production…

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Hawaii Film Partners’ 38 episode animated series Ape Escape for Nickelodeon’s NickToons™ premiered on the cable network  July 5…Ape Escape episodes air each Sunday during the 3 p.m. time slot…The series was created at the Hawaii Film Partners’ animation facility in Hawaii Kai…

Based on Sony PlayStation’s popular 1999 interactive game of the same name, Ape Escape is executive produced by Rann Watumull, Gina Watumull, David Jackson, Shauna Shapiro Jackson; Fred Seibert and Kevin Kolde of the Frederator Studios; Rick Privman, and Yumiko Miyano of SONY…Konnie Kwak is the producer and Karl Toerge (Ratzafratz) is the supervising director. The title music is composed by David Jackson…

“This is an historic project…(marking) the first time a television program was animated in Hawaii for a national TV network,” says Rann Watumull…Hawaii Film Partners has financed the production of Ape Escape and has worldwide rights across all media with NickToons™ being awarded the broadcast rights in the United States for a three-year period…Hawaii Film Partners teamed with Showcase Entertainment to exclusively distribute the series in all international territories. The project is a co-production with Frederator Studios…

Good News/Bad News: Baywatch: The Movie is going to be made by Dreamworks relatively soon. Bad News: It’s not being filmed in Hawaii…In fact, executives close to the production say Baywatch: The Movie will barely resemble its television counterpart except for a lot of pretty people, beaches, and, of course, red swimsuits…The film version will be a comedy starring Will Ferrell shot in the Santa Monica-Malibu area where the series was based.. Ferrell and another unnamed comedy actor portray lifeguards from the East Coast with an ambition to be California lifeguards. The pair head to California where the fun begins…The show’s star David Hasselhoff apparently will not be making a cameo…Word not in yet whether Pamela Anderson is making a film appearance…

SOUL SURFER UPDATE AD INFINITUM: The actress who will portray Bethany Hamilton in the bio pic drama Soul Surfer – filming now pushed on Oahu in to mid September for eight weeks – will be announced in the next few weeks…The names of two male A-list actors also may be made public…The revised final script is expected to be approved this week…

Big Island Film Commissioner John Mason expects film and television production through the end of the year in Hawaii County will continue to be “pretty slow”… “The economy has been the main and most obvious problem. The production business is always up and down for the usual reasons. The economy is hurting us and then there was the ongoing SAG strike that thankfully has been resolved. But those two things caused uncertainty in the production business”…

The Big Island Film Office’s budget this year was cut 10 percent and five percent last year…Mason does see some blue sky. Producers – especially independents – have a lot of interest in shooting on the Big Island. “Many people I talked to at the Locations Exo in Santa Monica had projects for Hawaii. They want to come and they’re working on something. Some already are preparing budgets. We didn’t have any of these in the pipeline last year. So I’m optimistic,” Mason said…The Big Island can weather the storm if we continue to get the reality and travel shows, catalogue shoots and our typical business from Japan, the commissioner said…

Lost director and executive producer Jack Bender says there will be plenty of secrets revealed in the upcoming sixth and final season but there also will be “a proper ending.” Bender told a Canadian newspaper that “It’s not going to be a Sopranos-style blackout. The Lost ending is not going to be like that. It’s going to be a real ending.” Bender said the last episode hasn’t been written yet, but has been worked out “in the hearts and minds of the writers and producers.” Lost will begin filming in Hawaii again in August with new episodes set to air in February. Preproduction began this week…

EVENT NOTICE: The Storywise Seminar presented by Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc. will be held Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Turtle Bay Resort from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m….

The one-day seminar is designed for television and feature writers to help them elevate their scripts to improve their chances to work in the entertainment business…Jen Grisanti will guide writers through teaching them the value of accessing their own story, identifying universal themes and learning how to put this on the page…This event is a five-day retreat that includes three one-on-one consults with Grisanti for your TV or feature scripts. The retreat also will include daily group sessions exchanging their thoughts on scripts by other writers.

Cost for the Storywise Seminar  is $75. Those participating in the five-day writing retreat need to submit a TV or feature script by Aug. 7 to Jen Grisanti at jennifer@jengrisanticonsultancy.com. …


Hawai‘i fans who watched ABC’s The Bachelorette’s Jillian Harris bid aloha to Reid Rosenthal after their romantic date on Maui will be seeing a lot more of the Hawaiian Islands as season five of the hit romance reality show from Warner Horizon Television wraps up on the Big Island in a two-hour season finale July 27…Harris and the final two bachelors – Ed Swiderski and Kiptyn Locke – find themselves on final dates that take them across the Big Island highlighted by an aerial tour of Kïlauea volcano’s active lava flows with Sunshine Helicopters, landing beside a secluded Hilo waterfall for a private barbecue with KapohoKine Adventures, and discovering a remote black sand beach with Captain Zodiac Rafting Adventures…The couples continue their dates with dinner and alone time at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid resorts.

Filmmaker Brett Wagner has launched www.WAGNERVISION.com, which he describes  as a new venue for the films, commercials, and occasional musings that are the product of his experiences…”It’s the place to see work and, very sporadically and unreliably via the accompanying Wagnervision BLOG, to read about my activities or to see some entertaining bit of nonsense,” Wagner says…The site went live several weeks ago…

Beginning July 1 the telephone and fax numbers for the Honolulu Film Office  changed to 808-768-6100; fax 808-768-6102…

TAKE NOTE: The production community is buzzing about a likely major shake-up in the Hawaii Film Office…Stay tuned…



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My apologies for disappearing for nearly a month without any notificaion. I took a vacation to Montana’s Glacier National Park to hang with some of  the locals (see Mr. Grizzly above). But now Reel Hawaii is back so all of you in the production biz can start expecting my annoying calls…

Allow me to add my condolences about the passing of the much-respected Hawaii crew Bob Johnson. I regret that I wasn’t here to attend his memorial. I considered Bob a true professional and an honest, straight forward  man. He was always gracious and courteous to me when I visited a production. Bob, I will miss you terribly…

Mahalo…tim

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