CLINT EASTWOOD’S “HEREAFTER” TO FILM ON MAUI IN JAN.

CLINT EASTWOOD’S “HEREAFTER” TO FILM ON MAUI IN JAN.

2010 PRODUCTION OUTLOOK IS GOOD!

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Clint Eastwood

Warner Bros.’ Hereafter with Clint Eastwood as director will film on Maui in mid January with four weeks of preproduction expected to begin Monday. The production scouted Maui twice, first in September and then again last week…

Part of the original concept for the Maui filming has changed a bit. Rather than the 2004  deadly tsunami hitting an Asian country as in did in Thailand and Indonesia, the location is now “a small island town” in an unspecified country…

The filming will require “a lot of set building” which will be done  in warehouses and not on vacant land, sources said…As of now all the filming will be on Maui’s westside…The production office is expected to be set up next week in a westside hotel where most cast and crew also will stay…Eastwood owns a home in the Makena area south of Wailea…

The production plans to hire as many Hawaii crew as possible beginning with some 26 IATSE members on Maui supplementing the rest from Oahu, sources said. Crew will number about 100…

In an earlier script, sources said Front Street in Lahaina would have been closed for filming but that may have changed…Some streets will be closed for filming but exactly where has not been released. The production has not yet applied for permits either with hte county or the state, sources said…

There has been extraordinary secrecy about Hereafter though some details about the plot and characters have leaked: George (Matt Damon) is a ‘handsome, shy, soft-spoken’ factory worker who can talk to the dead but prefers not to…

Meanwhile, across the world, two different plotlines play out that are touched by tragedy:

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  • Beautiful French journalist Marie (Cécile De France, above) recovers from a near-death experience in the 2004 tsunami, then becomes increasingly gripped with questions about what she saw before she was revived…

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  • At the same time in London, a drug-addicted English single mother (Lyndsey Marshal, above), loses one of her twin 10-year-old sons in a car accident…(Marshal is best known for playing Nicole Kidman‘s servant in The Hours, and Cleopatra on HBO’s Rome)

Only Cécile De France is making the trip to Hawaii and not Damon or  Marshall…

The three parallel stories eventually intersect: three lonely people, cut off from the ones they love, searching for answers about what lies beyond life…

Variety has described Hereafter as a supernatural thriller along the lines of The Sixth Sense. The film already has shot in Paris and London. It will wrap in Los Angeles following the Maui shoot…Production remains ongoing in London. Expect the film sometime in late-2010…

Peter Morgan, who got an Oscar nomination for Frost/Nixon, wrote the script. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Morgan and Tim Moore are executive producing. Spielberg previously worked as producer on Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwa Jima

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JUST IN! Mark Moquin, of Bamboo Productions Maui – http://www.bambooproductionsmaui.com/ – will be the film’s Maui location manager, sources said…Moquin declined comment. His credits include The Amazing Race 14 (transportation coordinator), Extreme Hawaii and Meet the Family (production assistant), High School Reunion (electrician), My Antonio and Wedding Day (production manager)…

This is the third major film to shoot in Maui County under its commissioner Benita Brazier, including last year’s Tempest starring Helen Mirren, the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean; and now, Hereafter

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The reorganization of the Hawaii Film Office is complete and follows what many in the production community as well as Reel Hawaii has known for months…

TAKE NOTE: The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s Creative Industries Division (CID) will continue to provide ALL core services and functions of the Hawaii Film Office (HFO)…

Georja Skinner (above), director of the state’s Creative Industries Division, has notified FAVAH  to correct any misconceptions that may arise due to reducing film office staff – Donne Dawson, Brent Anbe and Kevin Inouye – and losing “some expertise.” Sandi Ichihara (senior film industry development specialist) who has served under both Georgette Deemer and Dawson, remains on staff as the only position the state was able to restore. 

Ichihara also had the most experience of any film office staff so that was a smart move ot keep her…Dawson’s last day on the job is Friday, Dec. 4…

As long speculated, Skinner will for a time be more involved in HFO operations….Arts and Culture Development branch chief  David Nada, and economic development specialists Tracie M. Young and Steven Lee has joined the HFO team along with their regular duties. Studio manager Tammy Hasegawa will continue in her role as Hawaii Film Studio manager…

“It’s important to emphasize the Hawaii Film Office remains open for business and we pledge to provide the professional, timely responses and production support expected by our film industry as well as Hawaii’s creative sectors-at-large,” said Skinner…

CID administrator and staff will assist productions in one-stop film permitting for State facilities including statewide inter-agency coordination including Department of Agriculture, Department of Land and Natural Resources and Department of Transportation, and Department of Hawaiian Homelands as well as continuing to work with the county film offices as part of the “Film Offices of the Hawaiian Islands” alliance.  Act 88 tax incentive coordination and co-management with Department of Taxation (DoTAX) will continue. All contact phone numbers, email and website www.hawaiifilmoffice.com remain unchanged…

DESCENDANTS CAST NOTICE! Rachel Sutton is the Hawaii casting director for the director Alexander Payne film that starts shooting on Oahu in mid March for six weeks then moving to Kauai for two weeks. Sutton will be holding casting sessions over the next few weeks. Actors please allow your agents to make appointments for castings. There are 20 roles to cast. For actors without representation and would like to read, and don’t have a file with Sutton, email your headshot and resume to: Descendantscasting@gmail.com

DO NOT CALL SUTTON’S THE OFFICE OR LOST.

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