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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Big Hollywood Feature Scouting Kauai

Blue Hole on feature film-friendly Kauai

This week, The Kauai Garden Island News and the Honolulu Advertiser reported that a major Hollywood feature has been scouting Kauai for a summer shoot. Kauai film commissioner Art Umezu declined to name the production, but USA Today reported last week that "This summer, film crews will arrive for the making of Tropic Thunder, a war movie being directed by Ben Stiller and starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black." I am not going to confirm or deny whether this is indeed the film in question, but I will say that the film in question would not have scouted Kauai at all were it not for the fact that I personally told the production exec (to his shock and delight) about the 20% neighbor island film tax credit. Score another victory for Hawaii's 15-20% refundable film tax credit!

Incidentally, Kauai is the most popular of the Hawaiian Islands for feature film shoots, having hosted all the Jurassic Parks, King Kong (1976), 6 Days/7 Nights, Outbreak, Dragonfly, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. (See a complete Hawaii filmography.)

>> Hollywood courts Kaua‘i, no commitment yet [Kauai Garden Island News, 3/23/07]
>> Big-budget movie may shoot at Kaua'i locations [Honolulu Advertiser, 3/24/07]
>> Kauai, Hawaii: Paradise has its share of price swings [USA Today, 3/20/07]

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>> Films Set in Hawaii Make Big Bucks
>> Finally! Forms for 15-20% Film Tax Credit!
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