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“ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIP-WRECKED” BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY

“ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIP-WRECKED” BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY

HONOLULU MAYOR PETER CARLISLE TO ATTEND
CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS TO PROMOTE FILM INDUSTRY!


Twentieth Century Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked” feature today started 2 1/2 weeks of principal photography on Oahu’s North Shore – Kawela Bay and the popular banyan tree site on Turtle Bay Resort property where the production is based….Production companies are Bagdasarian Productions and Regency Enterprises…

The production brought in about 65 crew from Los Angeles; several local crew were also hired including locations managers Art Rivers and Timmy Chin, and about 30 local drivers…Director is Mike Mitchell…

There are only three actors in Hawaii for the filming, including Jason Lee who reprises his role as David….The other actors ate Justin Long (Alvin voice), Matthew Gray Gubler (Simon voice), and Jesse McCartney (Theodore voice)…The production is filming in Hawaii all the background for each scene then they go to a Vancouver, B.C. studio to animate the chipmunks into the film using a blue screen…

Locations also will include Waimea Bay Falls Park, Kualoa Ranch, and Halona Blowhole…

The storyline: The chipmunks and their “manager Dave” are on a cruise. When the chipmunks start playing around they fall overboard. So Dave goes in after them on a lifeboat even though it’s dark. The cruise ship people don’t know they’re gone until later. But when a storm comes in during the night they group ends up shipwrecked on an unnamewd deserted island and the adventure begins…Dave ends up on one side of the island which is very rocky (think Halana Blowhole) and the chipmunks on the other side which is tropical and lush which is Kawela Bay…

“Chimpmunks,” the third installment of the franchise, is slated for a December 2011 release...Preproduction began in Los Angeles in October 2010 with pre pro in Hawaii beginning in November 2010. The L.A. crew arrived on Oahu beginning right after Christmas…

The “Alvin” franchise has been a lucrative one for Fox, New Regency and Bagdasarian Pictures. The first film, released in 2007, grossed $361.3 million worldwide. Last year’s “Squeakquel” brought in $429.8 million worldwide.

Newly elected Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle (above, second from left) will attend next week’s Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 14 to help promote Hawaii’s production industry…Honolulu film commissioner Walea Constantinau will accompany the mayor. Former mayor Mufi Hannemann also would attend the awards’ ceremony…Turtle Bay Resort executives is one of the sponsors organizing the trip. Mike Wilkins, the resort’s director of sales and marketing and Keoki Wallace, its public relations director, will attend….

INDIE “UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN” IN PRE PRODUCTION

INDIE “UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN” IN PRE PRODUCTION













Update: This project has been temporarily delayed…



An internship is available with Redhead Productions, which is in pre-production for an adaptation of Graham Salisbury’s novel on the Pearl Harbor attack, “Under the Blood-Red Sun.” Contact Prof. Joel Moffett <moffett@hawaii.edu> for application details. The notice appeared in today’s UH Manoa Academy for Creative Media newsletter…


Redhead Productions is run by notable director Dana Hankins


The company’s website describes the story as: Torn between his love of all things American and the traditional ways of his parents and grandparents, a young Japanese American boy comes of age during the political upheaval of WWII”…1941 is a time of increasing confusion for Tomi Nakaji, 13, who lives on the island of Oahu. As if his gruff, stroke-slowed grandfather, who insists on waving his Japanese flag around the yard, isn’t enough, he has to contend with Keet Wilson, the bully next door. From a treetop, Tomi and his haole (white) best friend, Billy, witness in disbelief the bombing of Pearl Harbor.Tomi finds the horrors personalized as his father, a poor fisherman, and later his grandfather, are arrested and his father’s fishing partner is killed. Tomi assumes responsibility for the family honor and katana, or samurai sword.  He faces his fears and becomes assertive enough to stand up to Keet without besmirching his family’s honor and risks his life to see his imprisoned father…


The novel won the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the Oregon Book Award, Hawaii’s Nene Award, and the California Young Reader Medal…




Pacific New Media’s spring film and video workshops includes  “Behind the Scenes: On Location in Hawaii” taught by former Hawaii Film Office commissioner Donne Dawson. The workshop will be held Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The one-day workshop covers how to navigate the state system including cultural and environmental issues as they pertain to filming in the Islands….



Fore more information visit http://www.outreach.hawaii.edu/pnm/programs/2011/EVENT-L11334.asp

SOMETHING PILAU ON MAUI AS FILM COMMISSH BENITA BRAZIER IS SENT PACKING!

SOMETHING PILAU ON MAUI AS FILM COMMISSH BENITA BRAZIER IS SENT PACKING!




MAUI COUNTY RESPONDS TO STORY ON ITS FILM COMMISSIONER’S DISMISSAL

“For the last 8 years, Maui County has seen bits and pieces of major movies. A mountain shot from a helicopter here, a surfer on a wave, a jungle scene, etc. Then last year we get one movie, “Just Go With It” starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston, which shot for about two weeks.

“But we checked with Ryan Kavanaugh, owner of the Hollywood film company Relativity Media LLC, and he said Adam Sandler had it in his contract that the movie had to be shot on Maui. (Kavanaugh had a copy because his company had originally been approached for financing.) Kavanaugh had also shot in Maui in 2009 for his film “Perfect Getaway.”

“So yes, Maui had a “banner” year in film spending last year, but only because Adam Sandler wanted to be here. It wasn’t because of Benita Braizer.

“We all like Benita and wish her well, but the County does want to set the record straight. We had to make some tough decisions and she was one of them. Still, she was not the goose that laid the golden egg and we remain committed to bringing more films to Maui that shoot more than just one or two scenes.”








Ah politics…



In case you hadn’t heard – and why would you since Maui County never sent out a news release and no media got wind of it – but beloved and respected production veteran and Maui film commissioner Benita Brazier (above) has been oh-so-quietly replaced after eight years on the job…In her eight years as MFC, Brazier helped grow the Maui’s production industry from a $4 million to $5 milion production revenue spend to 2010’s record of $63 million….



Another irony of her removal is that the new Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa was the one who issued Brazier and the entire Maui Film Office its marching orders Dec. 16 when he was the one who originally hired Brazier in 2002 when he was also mayor…Sources said Arakawa was making good on his campaign promise to cut county spending so he supposedly merged the Maui Film Office into another division of the Office of Economic Development. The result is that officially there is no division called Maui Film Office…



The Maui Film Office’s annual budget under Brazier was about $55,000 that included the commissioner’s salary! A message left for the Maui County mayor’s spokesperson to find out what the new budget is and actual savings was not returned….



Brazier’s replacement is political appointee Brianne Savage, who has the title of Sports and Entertainment Specialist. There is one other staff member who is responsible for productions being culturally sensitive about Maui locations, Savage said. The new staff took over Jan. 3…



Savage received her undergraduate degree in sports management from Missouri Baptist University in 2009. A request for her biography was not returned though Maui production sources said she has not worked in a film commissioner’s capacity before or had experience with film and television production…



Teena M. Rasmussen, Economic Development Coordinator, Maui County, emphasized that “the Maui Film Office is NOT closed”…



“Our new administration under the leadership of  Mayor Alan Arakawa is very interested in seeing the film industry continue to flourish,” she said in an email. “He has given us directive to continue the good work of Benita Brazier, and continue to provide the film industry with the high level of service they have become accustom to on Maui”…



Georja Skinner, administrator of the Creative Industries Division for the state of Hawaii film office, is assisting Maui County in this transition so that “we can provide seamless service to anyone inquiring about film work on Maui,” Rasmussen said…



When Brazier took the Maui post she had the most experience with the film, television and music industry than any of Hawaii’s film commissioners. For nearly a quarter century Brazier worked in Los Angeles’ production industry…



“I was never told anything, or advised, informed, or allowed to interview for the position under the new mayor,” Brazier said. “I’m very proud of bringing 32 new IA union members into the fold. And I was able this year to bring in three major film productions to Maui County which had never been done before”…



Brazier said she’s “disappointed that the (production) success enjoyed by the county was not seen as an economic driver and diversifier”…



Maui County officials as of early January still had not announced the film office’s switch in personnel, the name of the new office, or its annual budget…



Several Maui production workers, who requested anonymity, were stunned by the news of Brazier’s departure…



“She helped Maui County attract $60-million plus in production revenues which had never been done before the IA member said. “What does it take to keep a job here?”…



Brazier is considering returning to production work as well as other opportunities. She plans to stay in Maui.

“I loved representing Maui and what a great place it is to live and work,” she said…



Savage can be reached at 808-270-7415 and email at filmmaui@mauicounty.gov

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