FINALLY! REEL HAWAII ROLLS OUT

FINALLY! REEL HAWAII ROLLS OUT

Welcome to the new and revised Reel Hawaii, a weekly news collection of Hawaii’s production business, primarily film, television, commercials, photo shoots, and current information about those who work here in the business. The blog will be published each Wednesday though breaking news – and corrections – can be added before the new one is put up.  Reel Hawaii will be mass Emailed — several hundred at first — not only to Hawaii Film & Video Magazine recipients but other production companies, studios, and…

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SOUL SURFER BEGINS PRE PRODUCTION IN JUNE; FILMING IN AUGUST

SOUL SURFER BEGINS PRE PRODUCTION IN JUNE; FILMING IN AUGUST

        JUST IN: Soul Surfer will begin pre production on Oahu June 25 for an Aug.3 start filming date.  The apparent Screen Actors Guild settlement with studios and networks apparently pushed the start dates, sources said. The film about Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton’s shark attack, recovery and success as a professional surfer despite having lost an arm will shoot at least 80 percent on Oahu and the rest on Kauai. The film’s budget has also increased 25 percent from…

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“THE DESCENDANTS” MAY BE THE MOST HONEST FILM EVER ABOUT HAWAII LIFE

“THE DESCENDANTS” MAY BE THE MOST HONEST FILM EVER ABOUT HAWAII LIFE

JIMMY BUFFET MAKES HIS DEBUT AS GUEST START ON HAWAII FIVE-0’S “KI’ILUA” EPISODE It’s a major departure for Reel Hawaii to review films, but I can’t restrain myself from gushing over the Sony Pictures film The Descendants directed by Academy Award winning director Alexander Payne. It is a flawless work of art and a model of reserved filmmaking understated in the dialogue, acting, and the Hawaiian music…Clooney once again gives a stellar everyman performance conveying honest feelings and doubts in trying…

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The Informant Adds A Day to Filming Schedule On Oahu

The Informant Adds A Day to Filming Schedule On Oahu

  UPDATE: Producers for WB’s The Informant starring Matt Damon will film here for two days. The production office and sets are at the Makaha Resort. Filming on the big budget shoot begins June 23…   If you enjoy health, fitness, and living an active life in Hawaii, producers for the a Discovery Channel pilot project tare looking for you. Planet Green is the cable network’s new eco/health program. They’re looking for people to be part of a health and science documentary series…

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STUDIOS REPORTEDLY MAKE FINAL OFFER TO SAG; DEADLINE LOOMS

STUDIOS REPORTEDLY MAKE FINAL OFFER TO SAG; DEADLINE LOOMS

    SCREEN ACTORS GUILD UPDATE: According to several wire sources, the major studios are playing hard ball telling SAG by letter Wednesday  that if the union does not accept its final contract offer by Aug. 15 any proposed wage increases would not be retroactive. The producers’ final offer reportedly included $250 million in additional compensation over three years. If the Aug. 15 deadline passes before the union ratifies a contract actors could lose more than $200,000 a day in increases…

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TEMPEST FINALIZING BIG ISAND LOCATION PERMITS

TEMPEST FINALIZING BIG ISAND LOCATION PERMITS

  Miramax’s The Tempest is on track to begin filming the star-studded feature on Lanai next month for some three weeks before moving to the Big Island to begin filming there around Dec. 10. The Hawaii filming of the $20-million pic starring Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand  Alfred Molina, Felicity Jones and Jeremy Irons will be completed before the Christmas holidays….Tempest location manager Val Kim and state film commissioner Donne Dawson yesterday in Hilo and today in Kaulia-Kona met with Hawaii County and state officials from…

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US “BATTLESHIP” RETURNS TO PEARL HARBOR

US “BATTLESHIP” RETURNS TO PEARL HARBOR

Universal Pictures mega budget action film – budget about $200 million – is back in Hawaii to film three days of reshooting all at Pearl Harbor and on the USS Missouri…The USS Memorial is closed to the public through Monday, reopening on Tuesday… Battleship began filming in Hawaii in June 2010… The story is about a fleet of ships that’s forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals…Peter Berg…

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CALLING ALL BACKGROUND ACTORS FOR THE HONEYMOON

CALLING ALL BACKGROUND ACTORS FOR THE HONEYMOON

Island FilmGroup and MarVista Entertainment’s film THE HONEYMOON needs background actors for an upscale wedding scene to be shot next week at the Kahala Resort and later “Luxury Cruiseliner Scenes.” Here are the details: Age range: 20 years – 40 years; Caucasion and Mixed Ethnicities. The scenes also require  experienced bartenders, waiters, waitresses, and card dealers for blackjack, roulette, craps table in a casino scene. Filming is Sept. 30 through Oct. 21… The OPEN CALL signup is  Saturday, Sept./26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m….

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STATE FILM OFFICE UNDER DEBEDT SAVED FOR THIS YEAR

STATE FILM OFFICE UNDER DEBEDT SAVED FOR THIS YEAR

DESCENDANTS WRAPS 3 WEEKS ON KAUAI  RETURN TO OAHU FOR MORE FILMING Descendants director Alexander Paine (above left) with actor George Clooney (right) filming at Hanalei Bay, Kauai TIME TO CHEER! A legislative bill that would have transferred the duties and responsibilities of the Hawaii Film Office from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to the Hawaii Tourism Authority and eliminate its overseer’s position now held by Georja Skinner, director, Creative Industries Division, has failed…That’s good news BUT…

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