2010 A Banner Year For Hawaii Film Industry

By Catherine Cruz
Published On: Aug 04 2010 11:01:40 PM HST
Updated On: Aug 05 2010 06:09:42 AM HST
HONOLULU -

Hawaii?s Film Industry expects that 2010 will be a banner year with revenues generated from films and television shows approaching $300 million.

Walt Disney?s Pirates of the Caribbean will wind up at Heeia by the week?s end. Cast and crew will conclude filming behind closed doors before heading to the US mainland and Europe.

The film debuts in May 2011. But the buzz and business generated by the production comes on the heels of other shows. Even as "Pirates? prepares to leave, ABC will hold a casting call for a new series "Off the Map".

At Heeia Kea pier, fans just kept coming to watch the action even though it is a closed set. The filming of night scenes has attracted crowds which seemed to hold steady at about two hundred.

Some fans have waited for hours for a glimpse of the big stars headed for a night of filming on the ?Black Pearl.?

Extra special-duty police and state harbor enforcement officers have been on hand for crowd control.

Some fans have risked parking tickets or having their cars towed if they disregard warnings about where it?s safe to leave their vehicles. But some figure that a chance to get a picture of one of the stars is worth the price of a ticket or tow.

A Kaneohe family was hoping to get one of Johnny Depp, from the ground, since they snapped a few from their sailboat the other day.

?We a got a few photos while we ran aground and of course the police had to point out we ran a ground as we were rolling over the reef. It was exciting,? said Andi Wagner.

Another star struck fan who got to see George Clooney filming ?The Decendants? this summer, was waiting for anyone famous to walk by.

?I did go to the ?LOST? premiere too. Normally I am not like this, but it's great they are coming to Hawaii to film,? said Michele Fergeson.

?I saw Johnny Depp. He is a great guy .He was shaking everyone's hands,? said Jeff King.

Kaneohe Canoe Club paddlers can attest to that. After practice every day the women have stuck around to see the lights and action. They have the pictures and video to prove it has been worth the wait.

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