Indie pic films in front of UH medical school
A film with the working title of "Special Delivery" shot scenes in front of the John A. Burns School of Medicine earlier this week, bringing a sizable convoy of production trailers to Kakaako. The independent movie -- shot entirely on Oahu -- stars Lisa Edelstein
of "House" and Disney Channel celeb Brenda Song
("Suite Life of Zack and Cody").
The three-week shoot has provided work for local crew members and actors during a particularly idle time. With the writers strike finally over, it should wrap just as the furloughed crew from "Lost" gears up to begin shooting four to eight more episodes (depending on what they can complete in time) to finish the season.
Rob Duval, the director at Diamond Head Theatre and Iolani School, earned an acting gig on the movie as a limousine driver. He even has a few lines with Song and Edelstein. "I'm so pleased that this has been a good experience," said Duval. "Everyone who has come in from the mainland has treated us well. And it's great that they're giving local folks work."
University of Hawaii professor Paul Mitri and fellow SAG actor Marla Nakata also have small parts in "Special Delivery." It's scheduled to go straight to television in the late fall/early winter, according to a rep from MarVista Entertainment, which also produced "Beyond the Break" here.
Would-be animators shouldn't miss a visit from John Edgar Park of Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios on Feb. 26 at Kapiolani Community College. From 2 to 4 p.m., he'll talk about "Character Rigging for Feature Animation." This includes the "planning and creation of animated character rigs for Disney's 'Meet the Robinsons.'" If you don't know what skeletons, deformers, scripts (well, maybe you know this -- unless it has a different meaning in animation) and animation interfaces are, you'll learn about all of them here.
From 7 to 9 p.m., he'll explore "From Concept to Render: The Creation of a Feature Animation Character." That's a fancy way of describing how you get from the sketch to the final film. Specifics involve Story, Viz Dev, Modeling, Rigging, EFX and shot finaling.
Before Park moved to Disney, he worked at Sony Pictures Imageworks on "Spiderman 2," "The Polar Express" and "The Matrix 2." He's also helped develop several video games.
The lecture later this month is free. Call Sharon Sussman, 734-9382, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawaii Korean Adoptees, a nonprofit organization on Oahu, will host a film festival that celebrates Asian adoptees, and is looking for original submissions to screen during the October event. Films should be directed, written or produced by adult Asian adoptees and should be about adoption -- from any perspective. Few other restrictions apply. Films can be any length or genre, including narratives, documentaries or features. Submissions are due in DVD format by March 30. E-mail info@KAHawaii.org, or visit www.KAHawaii.org/mini08.