“HONEYMOON” FOR ISLAND FILM GROUP & MARVISTA IN HONOLULU

“HONEYMOON” FOR ISLAND FILM GROUP & MARVISTA IN HONOLULU

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THE HONEYMOON

JUST IN: Island Film Group, owned and operated by Ric_GalindezRick Galindez (l) and Roy Tjioe, will partner again with MarVista Entertainment on a project that begins filming in late September on Oahu for as long as 15 days. Roy_TijoeFilming of the $3-million cruise ship murder mystery The Honeymoon currently is slated to begin Sept. 28. Preproduction begins right after Labor Day…

The production needs to film some scenes on a cruise ship so if one cannot be arranged in Hawaii the production may have to travel to the mainland for those scenes. It still hasn’t been determined if the project will be a MOW or a feature for theatrical distribution. Director is Paul Shapiro…Casting is still being done…

In related news, the Hawaii International Film Festival trailer is being filmed at IFG and HMI’s studio in Halawa Valley. The facility’s official name is now Halawa Valley Studio…

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UPDATE: Scouts and other execs for the 20th Century Fox’s big budget feature Predators have already visited Kauai and the Big Island for possible two weeks of filming beginning in October. Predators’ execs seem to be so taken by the Big Island they’re scheduled to return next week making it nearly three weeks. The Big Island at this point has the upper hand, sources said….The BIg Island’s Gail Pyburn is coordinating local locations scouting…

The creature feature is directed by Nimród Antal (above). It’’s been reported that filming will begin Sept. 28th at producer Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Austin TX…One reason the film is being shot in Texas is so the production can take advantage of the state’s new tax incentives that requires at least 60 percent of the movie be shot in Texas. All of the stage work will be done there, sources said…

Produced by Rodriguez, the new film will involve a very intense group of people stranded on a Predator planet discovering unspeakable horrors that are not always from outside their group. The sci-fi action-adventure is written by Alex Litvak and Michael FinchPredators is slated to open summer 2010…

HAWAII FILM OFFICE UPDATE: While the layoff situation for the Hawaii Film Office staff by Nov. 13 remains intact, the situation is considered “very fluid” while negotiations between the union and state administration continue. The parties have been unable to reach an agreement on the budget shortfall and furlough scenarios…Negotiations between the union and the state are not over and that’s a good sign…

The message state officials are emphasizing about the Hawaii Film Office is that HFO’s services to film, television and commercial productions are continuing. The Hawaii Film Office and its operations are under DBEDT’s jurisdiction so by statute those prescribed duties must continue, including film permitting, managing the tax credits, and managing the Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head…

“The Hawaii Film Office is open, the individuals that are in this office are doing their jobs and are fully engaged in helping to support to bring a number of projects here that are going to represent significant economic impact to the state of Hawaii,” said Donne Dawson, state film commissioner.

Regarding potential layoffs, Dawson said “Once these positions are gone there is no expertise within (DBEDT) to run this program to the degree that has been run…

“This staff understands the importance of the film program definitely in terms of attracting business and dollars to our shores. What others don’t understand is the complexity of the job and what it takes to manage this program on a day to day basisæ….

State officials are discussing how these duties will be carried out if the layoffs are implemented…

Jason Suapaia, president of the Film and Video Association of Hawaii, is telling its members that he and several production industry leaders have been meeting to discuss the impact of the state 
administration’s decision to issue layoff notices to the majority of the HFO staff. The group is working towards a solution, he said….

Suapaia also says local film industry associations, unions and county film offices 
are “on the same page and are united on this issue”…

“We are committed to doing everything 
we can to address the matter and make sure our industry will still be able to receive the vital 
services that the film office provides to us,” Suapaia writes in an Email to FAVAH members. “We’re also in agreement that there are larger political issues at play and that decisions made 
by the administration are affecting a number of industries, including our film industry…So we have to keep in mind the larger context of what’s at hand as we consider our 
response options”…Suapaia is “confident that solutions” will be found…

Stay tuned…

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