HONOLULU (KHNL) - UNIVERSAL STUDIOS and APATOW PRODUCTIONS are in pre-production on the romantic comedy FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, which is set to start filming on Oahu in mid-April. The feature stars Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) and Kristin Bell (Veronica Mars, Fanboys).
"It's clear that Act 88 played a significant role in their interest in Hawaii," says Donne Dawson, Film Commissioner at the state's Hawaii Film Office. Act 88 was passed by the legislature last session, signed by Governor Linda Lingle on May 5, 2006, and became available to the film industry on July 1, 2006.
"We are seeing very positive results from the passage of Act 88," says Hawaii Film and Entertainment Board Chair/SAG Executive Director Brenda Ching. "It's only been about 6 months since the bill was enacted and it is clear we are 'back in the game' as a major on-location production destination."
At a January 25th Legislative briefing, DBEDT reported that Act 88 has generated an estimated $83 million in direct expenditures into the economy at a cost of less than $2 million to the state. These figures are on pace with record year numbers posted in 2004 when three network television series filmed in Hawaii at the same time.
"That level of economic activity generates a significant number of local jobs and touches hundreds of local businesses in our community," says Walea Constantinau, Film Commissioner at the City and County of Honolulu Film Office. "People who work in production buy, contract with, and purchase from hundreds of local vendors to make the many moving parts of a production come together. That is the nature of the physical production industry. Spending the money in the community is a part of what it takes to get on-location filming work done."
The Hawaii Film and Entertainment Board is a statewide organization whose members collectively represent approximately 90 percent of working people in the industry.