“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….

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