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    January 2019
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Hawai‘i Island Film Office Workshop: Want to Work in TV?

Ever wonder what it would be like to work on the set and behind the scenes of a major motion picture, television show or music video? Now you can spend the day with an entertainment industry professional who has for over 30 years.

On Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, Hawai‘i-based Stani Franklin will lead a full-day workshop on the roles and responsibilities of a set production assistant (PA) and surviving below the line for island residents interested in working in feature film or television.

The workshop will be held at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. The workshop is designed for those with some experience in production who are strongly motivated to pursue entry level work in motion pictures or for those with more experience who want to “brush up” on their skills.

Franklin attended the University of New Mexico and graduated with an emphasis in media, broadcasting and theater in 1997. She has been working in film and television ever since, with multiple credits on a variety of shows in all genres and in almost all below the line production capacities including production assistant, production coordinator, set production assistant, extras casting, art department assistant, assistant location manager, craft services and more.

Specific shows have included Hawai‘i Five O, #Reality High, Masters of Sex 4, 17th Annual WIN Awards, Wheel of Fortune, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and many more.

The workshop will cover all the essential aspects of set PA duties and responsibilities including finding a job, proper set operations and etiquette, problem solving and communications, gear and equipment, paperwork, survival tips, and what to expect on that first day of work.

MTV is currently filming at Waterfalling Estate.

Hawai‘i is seeing a surge in professional productions.

Several game and reality dating shows have been on island, including MTV, which is producing here for two months shooting B roll and background for a dating show.

Two feature films shot shot on Hawai’i Island in 2016 including Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson headlining in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jo the Medicine RunnerMan, a feature-length drama starring Jim Caviezel and Matt Damon.

These productions and others needed set PAs and looked to the talent pool here on Hawai‘i Island to fill some of these positions. So, if you have an interest in pursuing career opportunities in the motion picture field or want to upgrade your skills, this workshop is for you.

The registration fee for students is $15; non-students, $20. A light breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. Call (520) 345-8809 or email johnmasonkona@gmail.com with questions or to register. Space is limited.

This program is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Island Film Office, Department of Research and Development, County of Hawai‘i. It is the first in a series of film production workshops planned for 2018 as part of the film office’s Visiting Artists Program, an initiative to provide training and workforce development in the areas of film and media production to island residents. On Saturday, March 3, 2018, a second workshop in the areas of acting and producing will be held, and on Sunday, May 27, 2018, a third workshop will be offered in screenwriting for film and television.

“Hollywood Comes to Hilo” Draws in Big Island Film Lovers

Yesterday at the Hilo Palace Theater more then 100 folks turned out to participate in a seminar involving some of Hollywood’s most prolific cinematographers.

The Big Island Film Office and the folks at the Hilo Palace Theater were the sponsors of the event although much of the event seemed to be promoting Canon’s new film making cameras that they are developing.

Cinematographer Ron Garcia was the first to speak and talked about his experiences in Hollywood and most recently with the Hawaii 5-0 series.  One of things he emphasized was that cinematographers need to take chances.

John Mason, Bob Primes, Wally Pfister, Ron Garcia and Cannon Representatives.

Wally Pfister then spoke about his career and how he got into film making and working on movies such as the Batman series.  He also spoke briefly about the loss of Heath Ledger and how that has effected him personally when watching other things that he think Heath could have played the part.

Bob Primes talked about a test that he and others developed to test out 12 of the cameras that were the “Best in the Field” back in 2010 and then showed the results of the test.

A friend that attended said “the Masters Class was a behind the scenes look into the minds and working of the cinematographers, their trials and their creative spirit…I would have liked more tips and tricks, and less accolades of I did this and that…which is great! but you see what I mean right? most of us guys were hoping for more education on a basic level (BUT from the point of view of the masters).

Denyse Woo said “It was a great experience. I got to hang out with these AMAZING and Talented Men, what an honor!”

An old projector in the Hilo Palace Theater lobby.

At the end of the seminar, tickets to the Hilo Palace Theater were given away via lucky numbers as well as a pass to the 8th Annual Big Island Film Festival, a signed Hawaii 5-0 Poster and an original script from Hawaii 5-0 signed by the stars of the show.

Ron Garcia, Ula Anderson and John Mason.  Una won the Hawaii 5-0 script

Don’t forget that the Big Island Film Festival is coming up in May and they are currently accepting submissions for films.