NBC’s “THE EVENT” WRAPS AS HI DOUBLES FOR CARIBBEAN




RUMOR: IF HAWAII FIVE-0 IS GREEN LIT BY CBS IT WILL BE SHOT IN LOS ANGELES. PRODUCTION EXEC SAYS NO, “IT WOULD EFFECTIVELY KILL THE SERIES.”






The Event filming at Oahu’s Spitting Caves





NBC wrapped up three days of busy filming on Oahu for part of the pilot The Event. Hawaii doubled as the Caribbean island of St. Lucia with scenes shot at Secret Beach at the Kualoa Fishpond, Correa Ranch in Waimanalo, and China Walls and Spitting Cave in Hawaii Kai…


Likely the most dramatic filming was Friday’s Spitting Cave location where a female swimmer had to be rescued in the churning surf after a stunt double took a wild 40-foot plunge off the rocky shelf into a narrow channel just outside the cave…






In the scene, actor Jason Ritter – son of John Ritter – and who plays John Walker and his girlfriend Leila Buchanan (played by Sarah Roemer) comes across a frantic man Greg (Wes Ramsey) whose girlfriend has just fallen into the ocean from the cliff…





Stunt coordinator Tim Gilbert and the Hawaii crew spent nearly two hours setting up the stunt and safety rigs for the two camera operators shooting the “only doing it once” leap…






Rush Randle (above) was the stunt double; stunt double for the drowning woman in the water was Kawena Chun (below left) with water safety crew member Rusty Keaulana…





A small armada of boats and a jet ski hovered around the churning Spitting Cave cove shuttling stunt double Chun in and out of the water after each rehearsal, some resting on the larger boat during scene set ups, or providing heavy water cameras to water director of photography Mike Prickett to capture the dive from the ocean and underwater, and the rescue…





A lot of locals worked on the production, including camera operator Mark Gerisaminko (above), ADs Matt Locey and Rick “Coop” Cooper, the inexhaustable key rigging grip Henry Fordham, the award-winning sound team of sound mixer John Reynolds, boom operator Rich Linke, and utility sound technician Dan Garab, 2nd assistant camera Robert Campbell, costumers Kathe James and Pam Gossage, property master Charlie Kaeo, and locations manager Timmy Chinn





Linke (above hilding boom) spent much of Thursday afternoon floating in the water off China Walls holding the boom…





Fordham (below) spent a large part of his Friday afternoon tied by rope to A camera operator Lukas Bielan (below right with camera)¬†who hovered near the cliff’s edge while filming several scenes…






A very happy director Jeffrey Reiner calls “It’s a wrap!”…




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