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“PIRATES 4” WRAPS THIS WEEK ON OAHU; SETS SAIL FOR THE UK

“PIRATES 4” WRAPS THIS WEEK ON OAHU; SETS SAIL FOR THE UK




“I think we’ve all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically.” – Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) said yesterday via the web…




Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides wraps this Friday on Oahu with filming throughout the week in a large warehouse near Honolulu International Airport where some mega sets have been built…


The production spent about two weeks shooting off Windward Oahu primarily Heeia Pier and in Kaneohe Bay…
























By the time the production is wrapped out – by the end of August – Disney and Jerry Bruckheimers‘ production companies will have spent about $100 million in Hawaii including the four-week shoot on Kauai…Bruckheimer said in a Email that he’s back on Oahu this week for the final filming since it’s “almost time to move to the next shoot location”…












HAWAII FIVE-0 KUDOS: Crew seem to be happy – no ecstatic – about “The Five-0″ experience so far…”I’m very happy, very happy,” one crew member told Reel Hawaii this week…One surprising thing several local crew said is having a few production executives “actually taking time to tell us when we do a good job,” a crew member said…”That is very rare”…



“There’s a decidedly lack of yelling on this one,” a crew vet said…That’s saying a lot considering all the location changes and new sets required….A former Honolulu Advertiser warehouse is being used as a sound stage; the production offices are at at Gentry-Pacific on Nimitz Highway…



“There’s every indication that the network and certainly this production team and this series is going to be very big,” a junior production executive said…



CBS has ordered 12 hourlong episodes then will evaluate the ratings before deciding if another nine episodes will be ordered….”We’ll know by mid October, no later, if we’re a go or not”....






After a long day of filming at the International Market Place in Waikiki last week, Five-0 star Alex O’Loughlin took some time to pose for photos and chat with with fans…”Thank you,” O’Loughlin told each fan after the photos…That’s the same thing Magnum, P.I. star Tom Selleck would do when filming in such a public place...



UNIVERSAL PICTURES BATTLESHIP STARTING CASTING: The first call is for Japanese men (American citizens) to play “Japanese Navy” ages 19 – 35 for paid work. Possible dates for employment are: 9/7, 9/8, 9/15 and 9/21. Must be willing to have military haircut…More info to come…






IT’S OFFICIAL! “HAWAII FIVE-0” IS A GO

IT’S OFFICIAL! “HAWAII FIVE-0” IS A GO







THE ICONIC SERIES TO DEBUT ON MONDAYS THIS FALL



Here’s the link to the just released Hawaii Five-0 promos. What do you think? Make your opinions known.



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After 30 years off the air and a previously failed pilot Hawaii Five-0 starring Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett will air this fall on Monday’s at 9 p.m. Hawaii time…The hourlong police drama also stars Daniel Dae Kim as Det. Chin Ho Kelly…CBS executives made the announcement this morning in New York City…



CBS has released the opening credit sequence to the remake of Hawaii Five-O. What is the new Five-0 about?A contemporary take on the original series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the organized crime in Hawaii.  Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and stays after Hawaii’s governor persuades him to head up the new team: his rules, her backing, no red tape and full blanket immunity to hunt down the biggest “game” in town.  Joining McGarrett is Det. Danny “Danno” Williams, (Scott Caan), a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop who is committed to keeping Hawaii safe for his 8-year-old daughter; and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim, below), an ex-Honolulu Police Detective wrongly accused of corruption and relegated to a federal security patrol, who is also a former protégé of McGarrett’s father.  Chin’s cousin, Kono (Grace Park), is a beautiful Hawaii local, right out of the the police academy…






McGarrett vows to bring closure to his father’s case while the state’s brash new Five-0 unit is determined to eliminate Hawaii’s criminal elements…



Unlike the original series as of now there are no local actors in any significant roles…CBS has not done any public relations about the series at least in Hawaii….



Here are some of the other primary actors in episode one: Angela Gots who plays Lt. Catherine Rollins, Will Yum Lee as Sang Min, Troy Manandic as a surfer, and Jonathan Mankuta as a beachgoer…





LOST & HIFF COME TOGETHER FOR ALOHA SEASON CELEBRATION

LOST & HIFF COME TOGETHER FOR ALOHA SEASON CELEBRATION


TAX INCENTIVES INCREASE IN NORTH CAROLINA & TAHITI


GOOD TO KNOW: North Carolina governor Bev Perdue has signed Senate Bill 943 that allows production companies a 25-percent tax credit for film projects in North Carolina, up from the previous credit of 15 percent. The bill also sets minimum spending and hiring requirements for qualifying film companies working in the state. “This legislation will help grow our $91 million motion picture industry, preserve and create thousands of jobs and increase investments in yet another emerging economic cluster,” said Perdue. “Providing a strong foundation for North Carolina’s film industry is essential as we work to build a strong and sustainable economy through increased diversification”…Companies must spend a minimum of $250,000 on production costs in the state to be eligible for the tax credit. The bill also requires companies to meet hiring requirements for North Carolinians and other criteria to qualify for the incentive…


The incentive is aimed at keeping film production in North Carolina and allow the state to compete on a level playing field in a growing global market…


North Carolina’s production industry employs more than 2,500 statewide. Recent major motion pictures filmed in the state include Nights in Rodanthe, Leatherheads and The Secret Life of Bees. The N.C. film industry is also home to the CW Network’s One Tree Hill TV series as well as hundreds of commercial and industrial productions each year throughout the state.


More than 800 movies have been filmed in North Carolina. The state is well known for supporting its motion picture industry with a strong infrastructure and a bevy of locations that can stand in for sites throughout the world. Wilmington’s EUE Screen Gems, home of the largest studio lot east of California, recently opened the largest film and television production soundstage on the East Coast.


FRENCH POLYNESIA INCENTIVES

CHECK OUT STORY at:

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TAHITI SHIFTS TOURISM FOCUS TO MOVIE PRODUCERS


According to the Tahiti Presse, since Tahiti is having problems attracting visitors during the global financial crisis, the Temaru government has decided to change its promotion tactic by promoting Tahiti as a destination for making movies. Universal Studios is going to bring some 50 journalists to Tahiti, and more precisely Bora Bora in the Leeward Islands from September 20 to 30.


This is but one of two upcoming events connected with the movie-making industries in Hollywood and France that the French Polynesia Tourism Ministry and GIE Tahiti Tourisme are helping to organize during September. During the same month, filming will wrap in Tahiti on a 3D IMAX movie due for a February release and eight Hollywood scriptwriters will be chosen to visit Tahiti on an all expenses paid trip that Tahiti is hoping will result in more movies being filmed in French Polynesia…


GIE Chief Executive Dany Panero has said that a 2004 study by the Film Exporters Association found that 62 percent of foreign tourists in France were influenced in their travel destination decision by what they saw at the movies…


But Universal Studios is bringing the journalists to Tahiti to launch its media coverage of the movie Couples Retreat. Some 75 percent of the comedy was filmed last fall on French Polynesia’s Bora Bora…Nearly US$7 million was spent locally during the filming, including, airline tickets, lodging and hiring 80 people and 35 extras…


Also in September, filming will be wrapped for the 45-minute 3D IMAX movie The Ultimate Wave 3D that focuses on the legendary Teahupoo surfing site as well as the people, culture and beauty of Tahiti. Filming began in August…


Also on the September agenda is a seven-day visit by eight “A-List” movie scriptwriters chosen jointly by the French Embassy’s Los Angeles Film and TV Office and the Writers’ Guild of America. This is being billed as an “Unlimited Access Tahiti Mission” trip to allow the Hollywood scriptwriters to check out the movie scenario possibilities in French Polynesia…


The criteria for qualifying for the trip to Tahiti includes having had one scenario made into a movie that has earned a minimum of US$100 million for the film studio during the past three years…


Tahiti is counting on the chosen scriptwriters coming up with eventual film ideas from their visit that will make the rounds of Hollywood film producers and perhaps result in more movie-making business for Tahiti…


The French Parliament enacted a law in December creating a new credit for foreign films shot in France to promote actual film production as well as post-production services of movies whose ‘dramatic content’ has links with the ‘culture, heritage or territory of France,’ to quote the text of the law”…


The rebate is worth 20 percent of all eligible costs and is capped at US$2.8 million. Eligible costs include authors’ rights (through French contracts), crewmembers’ salaries, actors’ salaries (up to the minimum rate of the collective bargaining agreement), technical costs (rentals and purchases), locations fees, transportation, food and all fringes.” The Tahiti Film Office is reportedly considering a rebate of around 15 percent…








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In what will be one of the premier events in Hawaii International Film Festival’s storied history, HIFF and ABC-TV are joining hands for a multi-tier, marathon Lost event that will include open-to-the-public seminars with cast, crew and executives, an in-depth, two-hour discussion in the evening of the hit show’s progression over the last five years that includes a question-and-answer segment with at least two of the show’s producers followed by an invitation-only after party. Video clips and other visual media likely will be used during the discussions…


The fundraiser events will be Saturday, Oct. 17 at as-yet-to-be-determined venue. The evening event will be 7-9 p.m. Details of who will be attending,where there events will be held, and event costs are being discussed. But this unprecedented event honoring Lost and with unparalled access to Lost crew and above-the-line execs is expected to attract domestic and international media and attendees. Lost joins Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum, P.I. as being synonymous with mega successful Hawaii productions that have not only spend hundreds of millions of dollars here but brought immense publicity to the aloha State…


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The Saturday Master Classes may begin as early as noon led by key Lost crew and execs that the public normally does not have access to…


This is Lost’s sixth and final season. The series is scheduled to air from February to May 2010. (Sources say Matthew Fox is the only cast member who knows the ending of the show so get your questions ready.) HIFF proposed the idea to Lost executives weeks ago “and they jumped at it,” said Chuck Boller, HIFF director. Prior to the evening event will be a private meet and greet cocktail party with Lost execs and actors at a Waikiki beachfront hotel…

Since the production plans to auction off nearly every prop used on the show at season’s end, ABC will preview some of the items at various this and other HIFF events.


“This is an event (HIFF) has to do,” Boller said. “The production has done so much for Hawaii and local filmmakers and crew that they deserve so much.”

BTW: Title of the final season’s two-hour premiere is “LA X” with the space intentional…


More details to come so keep checking back…



PREDATORS PRODUCTION UPDATE: Scouts for 20th Century Fox’s $40-million creature feature are back on the Big Island for their third week of scouting Hawaii most of it where a lot of jungles have been looked at. The production would film for 18 days with an October start if the Hawaii portion is a go. That decision is expected to be made very soon…Some Hawaii production execs are being contacted about availability…

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The creature feature is directed by Nimród Antal (left). Filming begins Sept. 28th at producer Robert Rodriguez’s (below) Troublemaker Studios in Austin TX…Produced by Rodriguez, the new film will involve a very intense group of people stranded on a Predator planet discovering unspeakable horrors that are not always from outside their group. The sci-fi action-adventure is written by Alex Litvak and Michael FinchPredators is slated to open summer 2010…

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This will be the  alien-hunter franchise’s first solo outing since 1990. The dreadlocked menace, who first appeared in a Central American jungle stalking Arnold Schwarzenegger and friends in 1987, has had other two solo features. Box office for the last combined feature was just $121 million worldwide after the previous installment’s $169 million. The studio and filmmakers reportedly aim to return to the franchise’s roots as a character-driven action movie…


In this version, a group of humans find themselves stranded on a planet home to Predators and must survive the horrors they encounter…





LATEST COOLER KINGS NEWS: Producers would like to be here at the end of August to start prep on the Jerry Bruckheimer produced pilot pilot for A&E…





INK DROPS “STAR” IN HIFF TRAILER; OH, AND DANIEL DAE KIM

INK DROPS “STAR” IN HIFF TRAILER; OH, AND DANIEL DAE KIM





Daniel Dae Kim HIFF trailer

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With the annual Hawaii International Film Festival in October rapidly approaching, it’s trailer time again with several members of Hawaii’s production community and actors, including Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim and models Eric and Kimi Chun all donating their time. Two days of filming was completed Friday at Island Film Group/HMI’s Halawa Valley Studios. The studio facility was provided without charge…All the crew working on the trailer donated their time and equipment…



Props and set dressing were provided by the Hawaii Film Office, Tammy Hasegawa. The story os based on the “Ink Blot” theme b: OrangeRoc




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Kim, a longtime HIFF supporter, on Thursday spent some 11 hours – two longer than originally scheduled – at the studio portraying a frustrated director/screenwriter with writer’s block. While attempting to write a screenplay using an old fashioned style fountain pen, a few ink drops spill from the ink well. Kim starts seeing various designs in the spots that formed in the drops. It spurs his creative juices and his writing starts to flow in part about two a mysterious detective and femme fatal – the Chuns…The story moves very quickly with the images from the drops rapidly moving across the screen capturing some film grenres like action, romance, intrigue  before they reform on the paper. The story is finished when Kim…You’ll have to wait to see it on the screen…


Eric Chun soloKim arrived at the Halawa Valley Studios carrying his own wardrobe and other necessities in a backpack…


Eric Chun (r) plays a detective; wife Kimi (below left) is the “femme fatale”…


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This year’s trailer theme is What Do You See. HIFF trailers in recent years have been strictly narrative stories of three minutes or less. The 2009 version honors the medium of animation with this piece only about one minute in content. The key visual is the ink blot and how people focus on on what they see within the white and the black image…Previous HIFF trailers have been as long as five minutes…



Everyone raise thier hand now!

Crew members (l & R) Jason Fratis and Michael “Strawberry” Romano  gesture simultaneously about an upcoming scene



Todd Robertson, founder and CEO of Hyperspective Studios animation studios in Manoa – http://www.hyperspective.com/ – is directing this year’s trailer. Hyperspective Studios also did some special effects for HIFF’s 2007 trailer…Hyperspective Studios is producing the trailer…

Director Todd Robertson watches kissing scene Director Robertson (l and r) fine tunes “The Kissing” scene…

Todd Robertson checks with Eric Chun









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Camera operator Romano makes some equipment adjustments; The director of photography Mark Morgan (below right) jokes around with the stand in for Chun.


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Gaffer Jason Fratis adjusts lighting











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Chun feigns firing a revolver


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Prelude to “The Kiss”



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Finally, “The Kiss”

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The trailer will be shown to HIFF Ohana members at Dole Theaters on Sept. 30 and the general public soon after…





BRIDE BOOM FOR LOCAL ACTORS; PRODUCTION WRAPS SATURDAY FOLLOWING WINDWARD FILMING

BRIDE BOOM FOR LOCAL ACTORS; PRODUCTION WRAPS SATURDAY FOLLOWING WINDWARD FILMING

 

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The You May Not Kiss the Bride feature film by Hawaii Film Partners has been a boom for local SAG actors with 13 hired for speaking roles in the romantic comedy including  singer Willie K as a Tahitian chief. Veteran actor and stand-in Wayne Geiger who was a fixture on Lost before being killed as one of The Others serves as stand in for several actors on Bride. Some 35 actors of Polynesian descent served as background as Tahitian villagers for filming Thursday at the Kualoa fishponds…

Next week’s final filming is in jungles on windward Oahu, including the fishponds at Kualoa, and deep in Kualoa and Kaaawa valleys. The production is expected to wrap on Saturday…The cast and crew wrap party was held last night at Oceans 808 in Restaurant Row which served as Club Zagreb in the movie where a wedding reception was filmed with co star Katharine McPhee as the bride. post_image-29494pcn_mcphee00wtmk-copyHawaii doubles for Chicago and Tahiti…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bride filmed last week in the Mokuleia area of Oahu’s North Shore alone Dillingham Highway and airfield and Dillingham Ranch.

 

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Executive producers Rann and Gina Watumull (above left and center) discuss filming with Bride writer/director Rob Hedden; (at right) VW Thing driver Rob Schneider gives actors David Annablee, Tia Carrere, and Mena Suvari a wild ride through Dillingham Ranch where they are supposed be escaping from Croation mobsters. Photos  E.Y. Yanagi/Hawaii Film Partners

 

 

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Soul Surfer is ramping up for its summer filming. The only thing slowing the production down is finalizing contracts with actors they want in the film. Producers also are deciding  whether to start pre production in July for an August start date or in August for a September start…The contingent of Soul Surfer producers and other executives who met at the Turtle Bay Resort – which will serve as production base for the film, left Wednesday. They included Soul Surfer producer/director Sean McNamara and his partner co producer David Brookwell,  Baywatch co creator and executive producer Douglas Schwartz, and creative producer Dutch Hofstetter.  The group also scouted possible locations since most of the filming will be on Oahu although the shark attack on Bethany Hamilton took olace on Kauai where the surfer and her family live…

 

Schwartz (below left) is no stranger to Hawaii having co produced Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding here in 2003 and Baywatch: Forbidden Paradise in 1995

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McNamara and Brookewell, who own McNamara-Brookwell Enetrtainment – also are no strangers to Hawaii having shot 37 episodes of Beyond the Break on Oahu – primarily the West Side in 2006-07…The duo also co produced Into the Blue 2: The Reef that shot on Oahu in 2008 and was released this year…

 

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Producers Sean McNamara and David Brookwell (left and right) with Beyond the Break stunt coordinator Brian Keaulana (center)

 

 

 

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