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Acting and Producing Workshop with ‘True Blood’ Star

Interested in acting or producing movies? The Hawai‘i Island Film Office and the Palace Theater is offering a workshop on acting and producing for film and television at the Palace Theater in Hilo on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

Leading the class is Hilo native, Kristina Anapau, who is an actress, writer and producer with over 20 years’ experience in the motion picture and television industry.

Kristina Anapau. PC: Damon Tucker

Anapau has had leading roles in features and television including Black Swan, True Blood, Anger Management, House, Monk, CSI NY and many more. She first stepped behind the camera in 2013, co-producing the thriller, 5 Souls, and recently completed Kuleana, a mystery drama on which she served as executive producer.

Kuleana, an independent film shot in Hawai‘i, has gone on to receive audience and critical acclaim at several prestigious film festivals around the country.

Anapau is also the creator and executive producer of The John Kerwin Kids’ Show, a Tonight show for kids which airs nationwide on DirecTV.

In the acting session, Anapau will cover training, marketing, getting an agent, audition technique, working on set and will set aside some time for participant cold readings and critiques. In the producing session, she will cover selecting and developing material, packaging your project, getting financing, budgeting, physical production and distribution.

This workshop is intended for those who seek professional level training in these areas so as to pursue career opportunities in these fields, or for those seeking a broader understanding of how these skill sets and functions relate to the overall motion picture production process.

For more information, contact johnmasonkona@gmail.com or to register or call (808) 464-4379.

Information can also be found at the Hawaii Island Film Office web site

The workshop price is $15 for students, $20 for SAG members and $25 for the general public. Light breakfast refreshments and a pizza lunch is included in the price.

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.

Hawaii – A Time Lapse Film of Mark Twain’s Favorite Island

Hawaii – A timelapse film of Mark Twain's favorite islands from Matt Johnson @ WhoIsMatt.com on Vimeo.

“Hawaii: No alien land in all the world has any deep strong charm for me but that one, no other land could so longingly and so beseechingly haunt me, sleeping and waking, through half a lifetime, as that one has done.

For me the balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surfbeat is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud wrack; I can feel the spirit of its wildland solitudes, I can hear the splash of its brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.

It is the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.”

Mark Twain

Filmed and Edited by Matt Johnson: whoismatt.com
Music by Sleeping At Last: sleepingatlast.com/
Narration by Stan Robinowitz: voices.com/people/stanrobinowitz

Read more and download in HD at: whoismatt.com/hawaiitimelapse