ABC’S “OFF THE MAP” AUDITION DRAWS HUNDREDS OF HOPEFULS

ABC’S “OFF THE MAP” AUDITION DRAWS HUNDREDS OF HOPEFULS




HAWAII FIVE-0 IS A LOCATIONS MACHINE! SHOOTING AT IOLANI SCHOOL, INTERNATIONAL MARKET PLACE, FORT DERUSSY & UPPER MANOA








Several hundred acting hopefuls descended on ABC’s Off the Map extras’ audition last weekend for a chance to appear in the show when it starts filming five episodes on Oahu Aug. 30…Some arrived in Latin American themed clothing since the storyline line is in the Amazon…Casting executives were looking for Spanish looking people of all ages with Spanish speaking being a plus…The casting auditorium across from Iolani School was filled with people of all ethnicities and ages, including several toddlers and one decidedly pregnant hopeful…Casting also was held at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore…








































Like it’s predecessor, the new Hawaii Five-0 is using as locations alot of favorite haunts in and around Waikiki and neighboring valleys…Last week, the series, which premiers in September, spent two days at Iolani School featuring the main cast watching a fake football game between the “Kukui Kings” and “Scorpions”…The football teams’ members were former high school players which made the scenes look especially authentic…Current high school players, including those from Iolani could not be hired because it would have violated their amateur status…



















The Kings’ team was filmed doing the traditional Maori haku led by Vili who leads chants and cheers for the University of Hawaii football team Warriors…














The International Market Place was the location on Thursday where a criminal is chased down and tackled – literally – by Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett) who doesn’t appear reluctant to do any of his own stunts…In the chase and tackling scene, O’Loughlin flies through the air and neck ties his prey with both men falling on an inflatable stunt mattress…







The “Bad Guy” (left) with one of Honolulu’s finest




Hawaii Five-0 director Paul Edwards (above)






Earlier in Thursday’s filming, Scott Caan (above) who plays Det. Danny “Danno” Williams captures a crook who slips and falls onto a fake “Find a Pearl in an Oyster” wooden stand scattering oyster shells,  ice, and water (See below)…






Caan (above) apparently had recovered from a visible limp during Monday’s filming at Iolani…




Robert Campbell (above) holds the clapboard as one of his many duties






















Today’s filming was along the trail to Manoa Falls where a Makana Kai A-Star tour helicopter had been airlifted and set in tall grass as if it had just crashed. That set the stage for O’Loughlin to chase a criminal through the field…The second location was along a wider area of Manoa Stream in the rain forest this time featuring numerous extras aka prisoners, Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly), and O’Loughlin again…

















The damaged Makana Kai helicopter used for the crash scene is the same one that crashed landed about 18 months agoon Wiliwilinui Trail in Waialae Iki. The pilot landed the chopper on a narrow portion of the ridge after it suddenly lost power…Neither the pilot nor the one passenger were injured in the crash…The Hawaii Five-0 production rented the aircraft just for today’s filming and it was gone by sunset…












Hana hous to the the Five-0 crew who worked tirelessly in the muddy, humid area lugging equipment up and down steep, slipper slopes. An special hats off to the security team who firmly but politely hundreds of hikers walking the Manoa Falls Trail pass the film locations. When Five-0 fans stopped to watch or take pictures of the filming the security made sure they weren’t dangerously close to the slippery cliff or using camera flashes…










The security never raised its voices or acted aggressively toward the hikers or Five-0 fans.

















“We know that on public property the public has a right to be there, watch filming, and take photos if they don’t interfere in the shoot,” a guard told a family visiting from San Diego...
















Mahalo to passersbys who provided photos…





The Hawaii International Film Festival jump starts its 30-year anniversary with a public invite to the Second Annual “I Heart HIFF” Member Mixer and Open House


As a kick off to the 2010 fall season, the mixer will be the first time for guests to view tthis season’s iconic Key Visual Image, several of the festival’s never before seen up-and-coming films including a chance to see 10 film trailers, and mingle with HIFF staff, the board of directors and Ohana members…


The event – free and open to the public – is held Thursday, Aug. 19 at Nextdoor at 43 N. Hotel Street, from 6 p.m – 8 p.m. Guests can also enjoy free pizza from J.J. Dolans, raffle tickets, and other giveaways…




Members at the evening’s event will receive a discount on HIFF Ohana membership fees. Anyone who joins or renews their HIFF membership by the end of 2010 will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a trip to the Seattle International Film Festival in June 2011.  The trip includes two roundtrip tickets, hotel accommodations and platinum passes to the Seattle festival…
In Other HIFF news: The `Ohina Short Film Showcase is back in 2010. This collection of eight locally made short films will be playing at the Doris Duke Theatre Aug. 13-14, and the Aloha Theatre on the Big Island on Sept. 18.

The films playing this year are:

  • Ajumma! Are You Krazy?*
  • Lychee Thieves*
  • Malaga
  • Voices of the Dust
  • One Night
  • The Branch Will Not Break*
  • I Was Tourist
  • Into Mouse Trap







2 thoughts on “ABC’S “OFF THE MAP” AUDITION DRAWS HUNDREDS OF HOPEFULS

  1. Thank you, Tim for the great pictures and kind words for the Hawaii Five-0 “reboot”! As you know (or will soon find out) Alex O’Loughlin has MANY fans who love him dearly. We know from his Moonlight days Alex is not reluctant to do his own stunts. He’s a great actor; H50 is very lucky to have him as their cornerstone 🙂

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