NBC’s “THE EVENT” WRAPS AS HI DOUBLES FOR CARIBBEAN

NBC’s “THE EVENT” WRAPS AS HI DOUBLES FOR CARIBBEAN

RUMOR: IF HAWAII FIVE-0 IS GREEN LIT BY CBS IT WILL BE SHOT IN LOS ANGELES. PRODUCTION EXEC SAYS NO, “IT WOULD EFFECTIVELY KILL THE SERIES.” The Event filming at Oahu’s Spitting Caves NBC wrapped up three days of busy filming on Oahu for part of the pilot The Event. Hawaii doubled as the Caribbean island of St. Lucia with scenes shot at Secret Beach at the Kualoa Fishpond, Correa Ranch in Waimanalo, and China Walls and Spitting Cave in…

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PRINCESS KA’IULANI PRIVATE SCREENING DRAWS HUNDREDS

PRINCESS KA’IULANI PRIVATE SCREENING DRAWS HUNDREDS

The private screening of the long-awaited feature film Princess Ka’iulani shot in Hawaii and England attracted hundreds of Hawaii crew, film executives, state legislators and supporters to Ward 16 on Wednesday night. No news media attended…Attendees included the film’s co producers  Ric Galindez and Roy Tjioe of Island Film Group and director-writer Marc Forby who traveled from Los Angeles for the event…Forby thanked the Iolani Palace executive board and the Hawaii Film Office for their assistance in getting some of…

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PRODUCTION INVESTMENT CREDITS THROUGH ACT 221/215 THREATENED

PRODUCTION INVESTMENT CREDITS THROUGH ACT 221/215 THREATENED

  The state legislature and the Gov. Lingle administration have said they intend to limit or repeal Act 221/215, especially as it related to television and film productions. All four of the television and theatrical projects filmed in Hawaii with the exception of ABC’s Lost have utilized Act 221/215. Without this tax incentive, none of these projects would have been funded. Members of the Film and Video Association of Hawaii are encouraging the production community to lobby legislators to save…

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RELATIVITY MEDIA HOSTS STAR-STUDDED MEET & GREET WITH HI FILM REPS & LEGISLATORS

RELATIVITY MEDIA HOSTS STAR-STUDDED MEET & GREET WITH HI FILM REPS & LEGISLATORS

RELATIVITY MEDIA’S CEO RYAN KAVANAUGH PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS AS HE PUSHES HAWAII TO MORE THAN DOUBLE TAX INCENTIVES Following hours of testimony on Monday before a Hawaii Senate committee over a proposed bill to increase Hawaii’s tax incentives for film and television productions shooting in Hawaii, Relativity Media’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (above) hosted a two hour-plus cocktail party at Mandalay Restaurant in downtown Honolulu where more than 100 state legislators, Maui County officials, including Rod Antone, public information…

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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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KELLY HU & JASON SCOTT LEE TOGETHER AT LAST!

KELLY HU & JASON SCOTT LEE TOGETHER AT LAST!

Kelly Hu and Jason Scott Lee shoot a scene for the HIFF trailer this week at Makua Beach BREAKING: The Japanese feature film titled Honokaa Boy will begin shooting on the Big Island for about five weeks in October through Nov. 10. The company’s production office opens Sept. 3 in Honokaa. Nancy Erger is doing locations; Laura Bollinger of Big Island Casting is doing extras casting and some for speaking parts. The producers will cast about 15 parts. The production is bringing in several Japanese stars….

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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…

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“HAWAII FIVE-0” LANDS JIMMY BUFFETT IN GUEST ROLE

“HAWAII FIVE-0” LANDS JIMMY BUFFETT IN GUEST ROLE

WILL A CONCERT BE ON FOR HONOLULU? Entertainer/song writer, novelist and successful businessman Jimmy Buffett is heading to Hawaii Five-0…He’ll play a veteran pilot who’s a friend of Lt. Commander Joe White (Terry O’Quinn), and helps Five-0 rescue one of its own from a sticky situation…Buffett is a licensed pilot and owns several planes…The episode will air this November on CBS which means it will likely be shot in late October…That’s when Buffett will wrap his mainland tour – Oct….

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PREDATORS HITS THE BIG ISLAND JUNGLE

PREDATORS HITS THE BIG ISLAND JUNGLE

Filming of 20th Century Fox’s $40-million creature feature Predators started last week along the Hamakua Coast and continues for another two weeks. As previously noted in Reel Hawaii, Oscar winner Adrien Brody (above) stars as the film’s central character, Royce, who hunts the bad guys that aliens kidnap and take back to their homeworld to hunt down as sport… Alice Braga (above) is Isabelle, an expert sniper…Danny Trejo is Cuchillo, a Mexican drug soldier whose favorite weapons  are two Uzis strapped…

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