Big Island Video News for Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

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Hollywood Comes to Hilo – A Cinematography Master Class

Have you ever wondered how the special effects are done on Hollywood blockbuster movies? Have you ever thought about what it takes to produce a network television series? Have you ever thought what a cinematographer and his or her team do in pre-production to prepare themselves for a feature film or television project? Are you interested in a career in film production or digital media and wonder what it takes to get from The Big Island to Hollywood?

The answers to these and many more questions about production in Hollywood today will be provided at an upcoming “not to be missed” seminar at the Palace Theater in Hilo, “Hollywood Comes to Hilo: A Cinematography Master Class,” on Saturday, September 15 from 10 am to 3 pm. This program is being sponsored by The Big Island Film Office and The Palace Theater.

The seminar will feature presentations by three Academy and Emmy Award winning cinematographers who are also members of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers, the ASC.

Richard Edlund, ASC, known as the “father” of modern special effects, will talk about his effects work on such classic films as “Star Wars,” one of the most influential Hollywood movies ever made and for which he won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and other epics, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Return of the Jedi.” Clips from these films will be screened to go along with the discussion.

Ron Garcia, ASC, is the host and organizer of this impressive and unique program. He is a Cable ACE Award winner for his work on “El Diablo,” and has received two Emmy Award nominations and four ASC nominations for best cinematography. He was also one of the cinematographers during the first season of “Hawaii Five 0,” now in its third season filming on Oahu. Ron will talk about network television production and how the camera team must function and perform to produce successful network television week-to-week.

The third presenter will be Bob Primes, ASC, who is a winner of the ASC Award for Outstanding Cinematography and a two time Emmy Award winner for Best Cinematography for his work on the mini-series “Sleeper Cell,” and the series, “Felicity.”  Bob has also been very active on many ASC and industry technical standards committees, and he will share results and findings from the seminal camera study, “The Great Camera Shootout,” which compared 24fps/HD/ DSLR cameras vs. HD/Digital Motion Picture cameras.

Lighting magician John Buckley will also join the presenters. John is a member of IATSE Local 728 electrical branch, and has worked on many award winning features and television shows including “Avatar,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Hawaii Five 0,” and others too numerous to mention as Chief Lighting Technician.

And if this is not enough, representatives from professional camera manufacturer Canon will be on hand to talk about Canon’s new DSLR C300 and C500 cameras in “hands on” sessions during a long lunch break in the lobby of the theater. Digital cameras like the ones Canon will demo are revolutionizing the way movies are made at the top professional level. All participants will be available for Q&A at the end of the program.

This seminar is a “must” for the professional film community on The Big Island, film students, and those from the general community who just want to learn more about how Hollywood movies are made by hearing and seeing the masters “who make the movies” in person.

Tickets are $20 for students and $35 for adults. A box lunch is included with the program fee. Call 323-4705 for more program information. Please RSVP by Monday, September 10 by calling 961-8498 or by email to Cash or check made out to The County of Hawaii accepted.

Big Island Arrest Man for Attempted Burglary in Pepe’ekeo

Big Island police have arrested and charged a former Pepeʻekeo man for an attempted burglary Monday morning (August 13) in Pepeʻekeo.

At about 7:40 a.m. Monday, a Pepeʻekeo resident called police after observing a man attempting to force open a window at his neighbor’s house. The suspect fled the area after seeing that he was being watched.

The owner of the house, a 60-year-old Pepeʻekeo man, verified that an attempt had been made to enter his home while he was away.

Ralph Curtis Riveira

At about 12:20 p.m., police arrested 54-year-old Ralph Curtis Riveira, who has no permanent address, in the Pepeʻekeo area. He was held in the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (August 14), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Riveira with one count of attempted first-degree burglary. His bail was set at $25,000. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance this afternoon.

Police ask that anyone with information on recent burglary activities contact either Detective John Rodrigues Jr. by phone at 961-2384 or by email at or Detective Royce Serrao at 961-8810 or

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Searching for Couple Wanted for Fraudulent Uses of Credit Card of More than $35,000

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman wanted for numerous instances of fraudulent use of a credit card and more than $35,000 in theft in Kona. The two are believed to be from California and may have already left Kona.

The woman is described Asian/Polynesian in her late 20’s to early 30’s, about 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds. She was further described as well groomed and manicured with a raspy voice, long, straight jet-black hair with extensions, eye lash extensions, and dark blotchy skin on the right side of her face (possibly a birthmark).

The man is described as African-American in his late 20′s to early 30′s, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7, 130 to 140 pounds, with dreadlocks and a missing front tooth. He walks with limp.

Image that was provided by the police with this release doesn’t really match up with the description of the male if you ask me.

Police ask that anyone with information on their identity or their whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Merchants are reminded to follow proper protocol when making credit card transactions and to be especially cautious when processing large purchases—especially if the credit card doesn’t swipe properly. When in doubt, check the credit card company.

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Big Island Police Searching for Escapee from Hale Nani Correctional Facility

Yesterday, Hale Nani Correctional Facility reported the escape of inmate Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, Male 31, 5’7″, 165 pounds, brown short hair, blue eyes.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of this escapee is being asked to contact the police.

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