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Tim Ryan

Hawaii suffers
film slowdown

Hawaii is in one of its biggest film and television production droughts in years. It started in May after Adam Sandler's "Fifty First Kisses" wrapped up production. Hawaii Film Office manager Donne Dawson and Maui Film Commissioner Benita Brazier believe the slowdown is due to the old nemesis of competition from the other 310 film offices worldwide and better dollar value being offered, especially in Canada and Australia. Hawaii is also hurt by states offering better financial incentives or investing in productions. ...

Producer George Litto is close to finalizing negotiations with a major studio for a multimillion dollar distribution deal for the "Hawaii Five-0" film. Expect an announcement next month. Actors being considered to portray Steve McGarrett: Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas and Mel Gibson. ...

A Jerry Weintraub production office source in Hollywood says the company is considering doing a $15 million-plus project entitled "Aloha Mr. English" (formerly "Aloha Mr. Mori") for eight weeks on Kauai next year. Actors mentioned for the project include Terence Stamp, Justin Timberlake, Joe Pesci and Olympia Dukakis. Filming would be scheduled from Mar. 1 to Apr. 30 and preproduction would begin Jan. 5. ...

Randy Spangler and Rene Confair, two of Hawaii's most experienced and respected film and television production location managers, will conduct the seminar "TV/Film Production -- A Day 'On Location,' " from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ilikai Hotel. Subjects will include what it takes to shoot on location, evolution and process, and "Prep-Scout-Tech-Scout-Shoot-Wrap." Cost is $75 a person. Guest speakers include Dawson and Oahu commissioner Walea Constantinau. ...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy hosts UH's Pacific New Media Weekend Film School Sept. 26-28 at Castle Lecture Hall. This is the first time the Weekend Film School is being offered on the Big Island. Students will participate in all aspects of putting a film together: How to take an idea/script through the process of pre-production, production, post-production and distribution/marketing. The course is taught by 25-year cinematographer veteran Doug Olivares. The school is open to Big Island residents and the fee is $200. Contact Outreach College at 808-956-8400 (register for L06554). Meals and accommodations can be arranged by contacting HPA Special Program Office at 808-881-4018. ...

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