Scott and I just wrapped the pilot of the new "Hawaii 5-0" remake. While Scott started video assist on 1st Unit, I did the same on 2nd Unit. I'd like to think I got the more fun job as it entailed some incredible stunt work; 2 Humvees blowin' up, helicopter gunships, air to air sequences, epic fight scenes, etc. The Helicopter Pilot was the most skilled I've seen. Getting such precise camera moves. Incredible shots. (They fly on low fuel to lighten the load and increase agility).
I'm sure Scott had a great time too working with DP Gabriel Beristain, who lensed "Blade II" and Angie Laprete's "Princess Kaiulani." I'm a big fan of his work, especially how he immortalized our beautiful Iolani Palace on film. Nice guy.
Interstingly the show utilized a variety of Digital Cinema cameras including the Sony F35 (great latitude, bulky setup IMO), the Arri D21 (nice film-like images but 200 ISO?), Canon DSLRs (perfect crash cams), and my fav the RED One 4K. Each played their parts nicely, and after seeing all these shots during playback, I can say this series is bound for success. The creators all come from feature film backgrounds so naturally, it has a big feature feel, something not often found on a TV series. The story and acting are both solid.
With the END of LOST this April, it seems a perfect fit for our local production artisans who will soon be looking for work. Let's all hope this 5-0 goes just as long as LOST or better yet, the original Hawaii Five O series. When it comes to feeding local families, I say "Book 'em Danno."
Check out the BEST THEME EVER from the OG Hawaii Five O. The cinematography and editing are so ahead of their time! How will they top this???: