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NEW HIGH-SPEED PRIVATE FIBER TO LINK HAWAI'I FILM, TELEVISION & CREATIVE MEDIA INDUSTRY WITH HOLLYWOOD SPANNING GLOBAL REACH OF 400+ STUDIOS ACROSS THREE CONTINENTS
By: THE HAWAI’I FILM OFFICE | November 2, 2015
With brand new private fiber technology, competitive tax incentives, state-of-the-art studios, postproduction facilities and a development fund...it's time to rethink
Hawai'i's Film, Television & Creative Media Industry.
Hawai'i's Film, Television & Creative Media Industry.
A new Hawai'i-based digital technology is connecting the filmscape of paradise with a secure, high-speed Private Fiber back to the heart of Hollywood and more than 400 studios across three continents.
This new, high-speed, private fiber technology by GVS Connect is a game-changer for Hawai'i's creative industry. This advanced connectivity, along with Hawaii's post and VFX incentives, will enable filmmakers to conduct POST, AUDIO and VFX via remote collaboration, as well as transfer and simultaneously edit burstable gigabytes of raw, high-definition dailies to producers and studios around the world. This private fiber technology is the industry's leader in content sharing with a commitment to security, cost efficiency and smart-device capability.
"It is encouraging to see the government of Hawai'i partnering with creative industries and technology. Hawai'i has chosen to embrace the very best connectivity tools available. This new connectivity, along with the existing comprehensive tax incentives make it extremely attractive and feasible to do production AND post out of the islands. And hey, who doesn't want to work in Hawai'i?" said, Jeff Zacha, Post Production Executive
"The takeaway with this essential private fiber technology called Clearview, that is provided by Sohonet, is that the Hawaiian Islands are now processing critical content in real time on a global scale...and time is money. Hollywood always professes, 'I gotta get my content when I want it, so this truly is a game-changer for Hawaii because now they can deliver POST, color correction, editor and VFX.'" said Steve Rundell, Former VP Advanced Productions at Technicolor.
Earlier in October, representatives from the Hawai'i State Film Office, Creative Industries; GVS Connect; tech advisors and industry influencers gathered at Warner Bros. Studio to present "Hollywood - Hawai`i Film & Media Connect," a live, point-to-point demonstration, of real-time, high-speed data transfer between Kailua-Kona (on the Island of Hawai`i at Honua Studios) and Los Angeles. Hawai'i's Film, Television & Creative Media industry is now well positioned to support state-of-the-art global production, as well as export creative content developed in Hawai`i.
"With a strong commitment from government and private investors, Hawai'i is creating a compelling environment for filmmakers and media professionals to capitalize on the state's growing production, post, and VFX infrastructure," says David Cunningham, founder of GVS Connect.
•Hawai'i's competitive tax incentives, are considered among the most reliable credit programs in the country:
•20-25% film, digital and television rebate
•No overall spending ceiling
•Per production credit cap of $15 million - POST, VFX, ANIMATION, GAME DEV included
•Above-and-below-the-line/resident and non-resident salaries/wage qualification
Hawai`i is now part of a global, collaborative media network. With Hawai'i's first private fiber technology, a production can maximize its economic potential with global reach to its producing entities. In addition, Hawai`i has an award-winning accelerator program, called the GVS Transmedia Accelerator (http://www.gvsaccelerator.com), which fast-tracks and funds development for content creation in Hawai`i, the Creative Lab which is a feeder content development program, and a follow-on development fund available for accelerator content produced in these programs.
With a long-term vision and commitment, the State of Hawai'i has allocated millions to develop a cable-landing infrastructure that will further increase Hawai'i's global broadband connectivity and capacity.
ABOUT THE HAWAI'I FILM OFFICE - DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM
Established in 1978, the State of Hawai'i Film Office is the one-stop central coordinator for film and photographic use of state-administered parks, beaches, highways, and facilities. The office works closely with state agencies to assist filmmakers with acquiring film permits and also provides location, tax incentive, and production resource information to filmmakers.
ABOUT THE GVS TRANSMEDIA ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
The GTA Program is a partnership between the County of Hawai'i, the Hawai'i Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC), the GTA Development Fund, and the GVS Accelerator. The GTA Programis a two-time Small Business Administration award- winner as one of the top accelerators in the U.S. and is part of Hawai'i's "Startup Paradise" community. For more information visit www.gvsaccelerator.com.
ABOUT CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
The Creative Industries Division (CID), Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), is the State of Hawai'i's lead agency focused on strengthening and accelerating the growth of Hawaii's Creative sectors. Comprised of the Hawai'i Film Office and the Creative and Cultural Industries Development Office. Creative Lab Initiative, a program of CID, provides entrepreneurs mentoring to hone their projects, launch businesses, increase opportunities investment and global distribution.