Thursday, 11 January 2018

Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu HI, USA



 
The location filming for the movie JURASSIC PARK on the Hawaiian island Kaua'i was nearly finished when hurricane 'Iniki arrived on 11 September 1992. One of the most famous scenes, the rush of the gallimimus, was therefore filmed on the neighbouring island O'ahu.
   
The tree trunk from Jurassic Park,
Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
The Ka'a'awa Valley proved to be the ideal location for the stampede. The valley is part of the Kualoa Ranch, a cattle ranch near the ocean with 4,000 acres of landscape. Films and television series have been made here since the 1950s. Visitors can visit the valley during the Movie Tour, a 90 minutes bus tour with a guide. Unfortunately, the bus stops only twice, first at the movie museum in a former World War II-bunker and then at the tree trunk that can be seen in Jurassic Park. Although we were given less than ten minutes to take pictures, the visit was worthwhile.

After being forced to spent the night in a tree, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and the children Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello) try to find their way back to the visitor center. From a distance they see a herd of gallimimus, that suddenly comes running towards them. Hidden behind a dead tree they watch how one of the animals falls prey to the tyrannosaurus rex. The fields are normally used for cattle, as can be seen in the first photo.

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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017

Screenshots © Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment
 




 
More than twenty years after the first film, production returned to the Ka'a'awa Valley for the fourth film in the series, JURRASIC WORLD. In the years that have passed since the disastrous events of the first three films, a new and successful wildlife park with cloned dinosaurs has been established on Isla Nublar. Again, it all goes wrong when the indominus rex, a genetically engineered and aggressive dinosaur, breaks loose.

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The shooting at the Kualoa Ranch took place in April 2014. Several sets were built at this location, including the 40 feet high residence of the indominus rex and the Gyrosphere station, a ride where visitors roam freely among the dinosaurs in speherical vehicles. On O'ahu, scenes were also filmed at the Honolulu Zoo and at the Hawaii Convention Center.
 
Just like in the first movie, a running herd of gallimimus can be seen, now being chased by a jeep with visitors. The monorail was digitally added to the mountain ridge.

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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017

In the movie museum of the Kualoa Ranch, the first stop during the Movie Tour, some props from the film are on display, including the sign at the entrance of the Gyrosphere.

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Movie museum, Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017

Screenshots © Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment/Legendary Pictures
 

Keopuka Rock, Maui HI, USA


  
The film JURASSIC PARK, about a wildlife park with cloned dinosaurs, is situated on the fictional island of Isla Nublar that lies off the coast of Costa Rica. The shots on location were made on the Hawaiian islands Kaua'i, O'ahu and Maui.
  
Garden of Eden botanical garden, Maui, 27 June 2017
The film was scheduled to be filmed on Kaua'i only. The location shoot started on 24 August 1992 and was scheduled to last three weeks but had to be annulled when the island was hit by Hurricane 'Iniki on 11 September. The remaining scenes - the stampede of the gallimimus and the arrival by helicopter - were filmed on O'ahu and Maui. Maui is the second-largest island in Hawaii and is nicknamed Valley Isle because there is a large valley between the two parts of the island. In the film it is first seen as the helicopter approaches the island.

The helicopter also flies above waterfalls in the Honokohau Valley. This valley can only be visited by helicopter.

Keopuka Rock is a rock in the sea, just off the coast. On the island the rock is only visible from a distance when you are in the botanical garden Garden of Eden. The garden is on the road to Hana and not very big but worth a visit. More information on the Garden of Eden website.

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Keopuka Rock, Maui, 27 June 2017
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Keopuka Rock, Maui, 27 June 2017

After our visit to the Garden of Eden we followed the road to Hana. We stopped at a viewpoint where we could also see Keopuka Rock.

Keopuka Rock, Maui, 27 June 2017

Screenshots © Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment

Monday, 25 December 2017

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago IL, USA


 
The television series MARRIED WITH CHILDREN is one of the most successful sitcoms. During its run of 11 seasons 259 episodes were made. The first episode was broadcasted on 5 April 1987 by Fox Network in the United States and on 9 June 1988 by ITV in the United Kingdom.

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The shows follows the Bundy family, father Al (Ed O'Neill), mother Peggy (Katey Sagal), daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate), son Bud (David Faustino), neighbour Marcy (Amanda Bearse) and the dog Buck who live in a Chicago suburb. As with most comedy series, all episodes were videotaped in Hollywood, but during the opening credits a few images of Chicago are seen. These differ each season but at the start of every episode, during the first notes of the opening theme - ‘Love and marriage’ by Frank Sinatra - the Buckingham Fountain is shown.
 
The Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, the full name of the fountain, is located at 301 S. Columbus Drive in Grant Park. It was donated to the city of Chicago in 1927 by Kate S. Buckingham in memory of her brother Clarence. The structure, made from pink marble and granite, was designed by architect Edward H. Bennett while the French sculptor Marcel Loyau was responsible for the bronze figures. The design was inspired by the Latona fountain in Versailles, seen in amongst others Merveilleuse Angélique and Midnight in Paris.
  
Between May and October every hour a 20 minute water show occurs during which water is being shot in the air up to 150 feet. Since the opening footage was filmed, several new buildings have been added to the skyline of Chicago.
  
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Buckingham Fountain, Chicago, 8 June 2017


Screenshots © Columbia Pictures Television/Sony Pictures Televison

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Kaua'i HI, USA




 
The film MISS SADIE THOMPSON tells the story of former nightclub dancer Sadie Thompson (Rita Hayworth) who, on her way from Honolulu to New Caledonia, gets stuck on a tropical island. She stays at a local hotel and spends some time with the American marines stationed on the island, especially Sergeant Phil O'Hara (Aldo Ray). The island is named Tusitala in the film and part of American Samoa but cannot be find on any map.

Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
All exterior scenes were filmed in May 1953 in several places on the Hawaiian island Kaua’i. Sets that were built for the film included a village, a bar and a hotel, all with a Samaon look. The location where Horn’s Hotel was constructed is now the site of a real hotel, the Kaua’i Marriott Resort. Kaua’i, also known as the Garden Island, is one of the wettest places in the world. In the film it also rains, but this shower was caused on request by the local fire brigade.
 
During the opening credits Wailua Beach is shown, a relatively small beach on the eastside of the island. Towards the end of the movie the beach makes a second appearance, with the Kalalea Mountains in the background, also seen during the first scene of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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Wailua Beach, Kaua'i, 20 June 2017
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Wailua Beach, Kaua'i, 20 June 2017

Sadie Thompson arrives on the island and is being welcomed by several marines. This location shoot was made in Hanalei Bay, situated in the north. The concrete pier dates from 1922, the canopy at the end was added in the 1940s. In 1992 the pier was heavily damaged by hurricane ’Iniki. The successful rescue program “Save the Pier” by the Hanalei Rotary Club made it possible to restore the structure in 2013. At the end of the film Sadie Thompson leaves the island from the same location.

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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017

Hurricane ’Iniki also caused extensive damage to the Coco Palms Resort. It had opened its doors in 1953, the same year the movie was filmed. The resort was named after the many coconut palm trees that were imported from Samoa in 1896. The chapel was built especially for the film and a few years later also appeared in the movie Blue Hawaii with Elvis Presley. Since the hotel closed in 1992 it slowly deteriorated. Apparently the chapel survived the hurricane but the grounds are not open to the public. From the street we could not see the chapel, only a lot of palm trees.

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Coco Palms Resort, Kaua'i, 20 June 2017

On their way to the hotel the jeep gets stuck in the mud. This scene was filmed at Kalapaki Beach, nowadays surrounded by hotels and restaurants. Although not clearly visible on the screenshots, it appears that both the coastal wall on the right and the small white lighthouse where already there in 1953.

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Kalapaki Beach, Kaua'i, 23 June 2017
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Kalapaki Beach, Kaua'i, 23 June 2017
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Kalapaki Beach, Kaua'i, 23 June 2017

Information about the filming on location comes from The New Kaua’i Movie Book: Films made on the Garden Island by Chris Cook published in 2015.

Screenshots © Columbia Pictures