One Kine Day – written and directed by Chuck Mitsui – is smoothly rolling along through its final week of filming all on Oahu’s Windward side. The production wraps Friday, Aug. 14…The $1-million indie first created by Mitsui some nine years ago is on schedule, on budget, has brought back to Hawaii some local actors – Julia Nickson and Janel Parrish – to co star in the production while also giving some major breaks to local hopefuls like Nalu Boersma, Sean Reilly, Auriel Rickaud, Ryan Greer, and Naomi Cooper…
Perhaps even more memorable are the smiles and aloha among the crew working on the project – some 50 a day and 99 percent local – who represent some of the most experienced crew talent that Hawaii offers…When you consider that crew salaries for indies are considerably lower than for bigger budget television shows and motion pictures, the ohana attitude on One Kine Day is even more remarkable…Even execs pitched in on duties normally filled by crew. Producer Torry Tukuafu earlier in the week coordinated EPK interviews even holding the boom during an interview with co star Julia Nickson…
Producer Angie Laprete, who keeps the filming fun, lively, and professional, with co star Nickson
“It’s been like a family working on here,” a crew member told Reel Hawaii. “Everyone pitches in to do what needs to be done without being asked….Another veteran crew member said the local workers believe in the story. “It’s a great story, a real one about Hawaii, and told by a local filmmaker. Look around here and you see professional crew at the top of their game in Hawaii. We all came on board because we believe in this and like being really proud of making a film like this”…
Mitsui, an intense director offset by a beguiling smile and affavle personality, said “I wanted to make a film about a side of Hawaii that visitors never see. That’s why we’re shooting all of it on Windward Oahu and in neighborhoods like Waimanalo” and Hawaiian homelands.
One Kine Day screenwriter/director Chuck Mitsui discusses a scene with actors Julia Nickson (l) and Christa B. Allen (l).
OKD features an unambitious Hawaiian skater who in 24 hours has his entire life change, including his relationship with Alea, his pregnant, 15-year-old girlfriend played by vivacious Christa B. Allen, of Riverside, Ca….The skater loses his job, money and girlfriend all in one day. The film takes no cliches when showing some of the darker side of Hawaii while showing the importance of friendship, community and ohana…
Actress Parrish (left with Allen) who was born, raised, and schooled in Kaneohe and now lives in Los Angeles, plays a tita – a 16-year-old girl who befriends Alea, guiding her through difficult decisions regarding her friend’s pregnancy…”These situations happen everywhere but you rarely see it in films about Hawaii because tourists like the idea of it all being paradise. All of it isn’t and when you live here you know that…I feel proud being allowed to act in such an honest film about a place i love and always consider home”…
Filming this week was at a private home in Waimanalo, along neighborhood streets and parks, and Thursday night in a parking lot at Makapuu Beach. Art Rivers is locations manager…The Waimanalo house is owned by Nickson’s character, a U.S. mail carrier named Suzie. (Note to the USPS: Hire more mail carriers who look like Nickson!)…Filming conditions inside the home were clastrophobic and unbearably hot and humid. Tiny handheld fans were used by the actors to hold back the perspiration…Several camera and sound crew squeezed into often awkward positions in a narrow hallway for a crucial scene between Nickson and Allen…
“Really, the charm and art of independent films in many ways is the difficulty and inconveniences cast and crew have to endure to make the movie,” Nickson said. “All of us in the house were sweating and hot, but I didn’t hear anyone complain did you? I think it added to that scene. Puts you in a mood of raw honesty and compassion….It’s the other side of paradise and I think this will appeal to a variety of theatre goers who believe in the truth of a reality”…
Mahealani Diego (far left) holds a fan for actress Julia Nickson.
Thursday afternoon was spent doing drive-by car shots with night filming beginning about 9 p.m. at the shoreline parking lot with some 25 “partying” extras…The lighting was low and the stiff onshore wind strong coated actors, extras, and equipment with salt spray…
Sound mixer John Reynolds (Below left) constantly wiped salt off his electronic equipment; boom operator Rich Linke struggled to hold the boom steady in the 20-mph wind. “A Camera” first assistant Rick Brock assembled camera gear in the low light; several crew
cleaned monitor screens then wrapped blankets around the devices for protection…
Mitsui, who invested much of his own money project, and his production team, plan to submit the film to the Sundance Film Festival which is held in January…After that, the film will be released in theaters…
Nickson and Allen discuss a scene
Mahealani Diego touches up Nickson’s makeup
Make-Up/Hair artist Tania Kahele dabs perspiration off Allen
Close quarters for crew
Director Mitsui ponders a scene during filming at Makapu’u Beach(Middle left); Rich Linke, boom operator, back lit between scenes (Below right)
NEWS TO KNOW: North Carolina is going after television and film production big time. The NC state senate just passed legislation boosting its refundable tax credit to filmmakers from 15 percent to 25 percent. Here’s what the bill would do: Any film, TV show or commercial that spends at least $250,000 on North Carolina goods, services and salaries would qualify for the tax credit. And both above- and below-the-line expenditures are covered. The legislation would make North Carolina more competitive with nearby states like South Carolina and Georgia, which offer breaks of up to 30 percent. The NC governor, who pushed hard for the tax incentive legislation, has 10 days to sign the bill. Once approved, the higher tax breaks would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2010.