Hawaii is creating a major buzz among Hollywood filmmakers.
They are taking advantage of the increased incentives they receive when they film here.
A major motion picture directed by Cameron Crowe will begin filming on Oahu next month. Local companies are hoping to step into the spotlight when the action takes place.
Don’t be surprised if you see Hollywood stars Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone walking around town.
“Filmmakers love these islands,” state film commissioner Donne Dawson said.
Right now, they’re scouting locations, including military bases, for the untitled Crowe film in which Cooper plays a military contractor who returns to Honolulu and is caught in a love triangle. It’s just one of the movies that will be filmed here taking advantage of the the state’s 20 percent to 25 percent production credit.
“Just that little bit of a nudge so they can make the numbers work to get here,” Dawson said.
Director Tim Burton, who made movies like “Edward Scissorhands,” will spend five days on Oahu filming his movie, “Big Eyes.”
Although the upcoming movie “Unbroken,” directed by Angelina Jolie, will be shot mostly in Australia, there’s still a chance some scenes could be filmed here.
“We wait for them to come through and when they do, we’re pretty darn happy about it,” said Bobby Rabesa, owner of Aloha Motion Picture Catering.
Rabesa has cooked up a storm for various projects.
“It allows us to employ a few more staff, we can support the local vendors, that type of stuff. We really love it when they come to town,” Rabesa said.
“I’d say we see a five percent to 10 percent rise in business from some thing like that,” 12th Ave. Grill owner Kevin Hanney said.
Hanney often saw crew members from the Godzilla movie that was recently filmed here, eating in his restaurants.
“They talk when they come here. They’ve been told to check out 12th Ave. Grill or Salt and we see a lot of business from it,” Hanney said.
They hope the state’s film industry continues to serve them success.
If you’re interested in being in the new Cameron Crowe movie starring Bradley Cooper, a casting call will be held next month.
It will be on Sept. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. at Keehi Park. They’ll be looking for adult men and women of all ethnic groups as well as military personnel, Hawaiian dancers and musicians.