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CLINT’S “HEREAFTER” CONSIDERING MAUI FOR JAN. TIDAL WAVE

CLINT’S “HEREAFTER” CONSIDERING MAUI FOR JAN. TIDAL WAVE

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FOX SEARCHLIGHTS’ PREDATORS SPENDS MILLION$ DURING JUST COMPLETED BIG ISLAND FILMING





Hawaii-bound productions are riding the Aloha State wave in droves that is likely to make 2010 a banner year for production revenues, crew employment, and publicity.







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Clint Eastwood’s film Hereafter could do its three-day filming on Maui instead of Oahu though Reel Hawaii had been told that sets are being considered to be built at Kualoa Ranch locations for the January filming. Other sources say the production strongly is considering shooting on Front Street in Lahaina with sets  designed for a pre disaster and post disaster settings from some catastrophe. Maui Film Commissioner Benita Brazier acknowledged that Hereafter scouts had visited Maui and has heard the same rumors about the Front Street filming but there’s been no confirmation…How can Eastwood get what he wants in just 72 hours? “The answer is (Eastwood) shoots, economically and fast,” a production source said…Hereafter is a three-part story starring Matt Damon and is filming in the U.K. (above photo), France, San Francisco, and Hawaii…Warner Bros. describes the project as a thriller like The Sixth Sense”…According to published reports with access to the script, the plot involves the time after two tense set pieces that leave its main characters changed forever. The film then becomes a quiet drama about three people trying to figure out what, if anything, exists after death…


Damon’s character is George, a supernatural figure and a shy, soft-spoken factory worker with a psychic gift of seeing dead people. George tries hard not  to see them himself…


So what can this life altering catastrophe be? Think tidal wave.” According to the script, a French journalist character named Marie is recovering from a near-death experience in the 2004 tsunami, then becomes increasingly gripped with questions about what she saw before she was revived…Front Street? Tsunami? Bingo!…







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Kauai, Lanai, and Maui will be locations for the The Golf Channels new series Destination Golf. The 8-10-member production team arrives on Kauai on Saturday for a three-day shoot before heading to Lanai and Maui…The shows airs Mondays. Show host is Lauren Thompson (above)…Destination Golf is a series of travel documentary shows featuring Thompson visiting many of the world’s top golf destinations on a quest to discover unique personalities and experience the ‘local flavor’ that defines the regions…





The Pierce Brosnan starrer Spy vs Stu had planned to begin nine weeks of filming on Oahu at the end of January. Now it looks like the production will push the start date a week later to February. Hawaii’s Talk Story Productions headed by Jason Lau and John Ching are co producing the comedy with New Line Cinema and Brosnan’s Irish Dream Productions….


The comedy centers on Stu, a commitment-phobe who plans to propose to his girlfriend during an island vacation. Unbeknownst to him, a handsome, debonair spy (Brosnan) is on the other end of the island, having just finished saving the world. When the bored spy takes a serious liking to Stu’s girl, Stu is forced to compete with the ultrasuave superspy in order to win the heart of his true love. (The Hollywood Reporter)




The Descendants’ director Alexander Payne is on Kauai scouting alone for a week before he comes to Oahu to scout here. The film will shoot for 10 weeks including 2-3 weeks on Kauai with pre production starting in January then filming in early March…The script makes mention of the Princeville Hotel now The St. Regis Princeville Resort so it’s likely tha resort will be in the shoot. A large part of the story takes place on Kauai…The Descendants stars George Clooney






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Universal $140-million mega action film Battleship is slated to film on Oahu for eight weeks beginning in April but the schedule could go longer, sources said…Peter Berg is directing  the film based on Hasbro’s naval combat board game…Scott Stuber is producing Battleship along with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir. Script was written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber...Berg has called the film “a contemporary story of an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle”…



A SCRIPT SUPERVISING CLASS IS COMING TO HAWAII!


Keep February open since a Script Supervisor class is slated be held each weekend that month. Taught by Brenda Lopez-Zeitz, the class will cover the necessary skills and fundamentals of Script Supervising for the television and film industries. Sessions will take place for 3 to 4 hours every Saturday and Sunday in February. Enrollment is limited to the first 10 students who inquire and reserve a space. Cost for the class is $725. There’s a 50 percent deposit required by Jan 1 to hold a space…


Here are some curriculum highlights: How to breakdown a script; Creating a continuity breakdown; Learn 180-degree rule and when one can “cross the line”; Screen direction and matching to the master shot; Shot sizes; Lining the script, creating facing pages, editor logs, and progress reports; and what happens at wrap…Also discussed will be the realities of a career as a Script Supervisor, which include how and where to look for jobs, union vs. non-union work, and what it’s like to work with directors, actors, and production personnel…


Lopez-Zeitz has more than 11 years of professional experience as a Script Supervisor. She began her career in Los Angeles working in Spanish television. After relocating to Hawaii, she worked as the Script Supervisor on Baywatch Hawaii. This transitioned her into other Script Supervising work that has taken her across the United States and to foreign countries. Her second Unit Script Supervisor credits include Pearl HarborThe Last Castle, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Those productions led to First Unit Script Supervising work on  Forgetting Sarah MarshallNorbitFreedom WritersBlue Crush, and Get Him to the Greek (2010)…


For more information and to reserve a space, contact Brenda Lopez-Zeitz at: brenlopez@mac.com







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Fox Searchlight’s $40 million Predators meant big business for the Big Island…The production wrapped 22 days of filming Oct. 31 spending $15 million to $16 million during their stay…As important, is that the production also hired 87 local crew, including six student film interns from Big Island colleges…This is the second major production to film on the Big Island under commissioner John Mason’s reign…Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull shot there in 2007, spending about $20 million…(Next up for the Big Island is the Canada produced television series Mantracker on The Science Channel)…


The production selected the Big Island for its unique locations and the state and county’s ability assistance in making it work, Mason said.


“The Big Island economy is struggling so quite obviously the money the production spent here is a huge boost for is and is much appreciated,” he said…


Predators shot six days a week while here, some 22 days of the film’s total 53 days, which also is being done at producer Robert Martinez’s studio in Texas. All the five primary locations were on the Hilo side of the Big Island, including some Bishop Estate-Kamehameha Schools forest and jungle areas, a state road which had to be blocked for a scene at the Umauma River Bridge showing the cast walking along the river below, Kole Kole Beach Park, and the rocky ridge lookout at Waipio Valley off Highway 240…The Waipio Valley lookout scene was shot Oct. 26. That exterior shot follows the eight main characters approaching the rocky ridge from the adjacent jungle to get a view of “the alien plant.” Alice Braga who plays Isabelle tells the group in the scene that “the plan stays the same to follow river” towards the rocky ridge…In that scene Royce (Adrien Brody) definitively says the crew will go after the Berzerkers.


The production had one major location, which is privately owned — not the Kamehameha Schools location — on the mauka and makai side of the Highway 240. The Kole Kole Park location saw the eight-member cast following tracks in the jungle and first finding an empty cage with a parachute then some two-dozen other empty cages. It is during the chasing dogs scene that the group hears something crashing fast through jungle.


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Stans (Walton Goggins, above) breaks down and demands a gun. Royce (Brody) tells the group “The sun hasn’t moved.” Then the group — knowing they’re in the “Hunting Dogs Area” according to the script — prepares weapons for “the imminent danger.” Suddenly, one member of the group sees nearby human forms.


Fox Searchlight declined all media requests for interviews or set visits and prohibited photos. The Predator character was not used on the Big Island but will be edited in using CGI during post-production, sources said. A pack of wild dogs chasing the eight main characters on the Kamehameha Schools location also requires CGI, set sources said. Interestingly, one of the major community and county concerns was the possible spread of coqui frogs between the various film locations hidden on the numerous production trucks being used, Mason said. “The production right away asked what it could do to insure the spread didn’t happen,” he said. The solution was to hose down the larger vehicles with hot water while smaller vans and staff inspected trucks…

The production hired several public and private school interns for various production departments spurned by Act 88’s financial incentives for such hiring.



The Robert Rodriguez produced film is slated for a July 2010 release.







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