The Hawaii Production Tax Credit ranges from 20 - 25%. It is refundable to producers of qualifying film, television and commercial projects. The minimum spend in Hawaii is USD$200K.
Our team has administered over 100 tax credit claims. Contact us to determine how your next project can qualify.
Popularized by such television shows as Hawaii Five-O, Magnum P.I., and countless feature films, the Hawaiian islands offer spectacular natural scenery that is truly unique and unmatched anywhere else.
Besides our stunning mountains and oceans, Hawaii has also substituted for other diverse locations on screen. As shown in the blockbuster television series LOST, scenes depicting London, Seoul, Africa and New York in the winter were all filmed in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. The other islands, such as Maui, Hawaii Island and Kauai, offer wonderful locations as well. Kauai boasts the sheer Na Pali cliffs while Waimea Canyon brings to mind a tropical Grand Canyon. Maui’s varied locations have been a favorite for filmmakers like Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler, while Hawaii Island (or “Big island”) is home to an active volcano, the expansive Parker Ranch and snow-capped observatories. Yes, it’s possible to surf and ski on the same day.
Filming in Hawaii is our specialty. We have enjoyed our work with studios like CBS, TNT, USA and Discovery, production companies and agencies such as Partizan and FCB on this Super Bowl spot as well as R/GA, DDB and Society, Dentsu, Biscuit and Anonymous Content, and clients including Oracle and Red Bull. Our experience spans feature films, episodic television, TV movies, commercials, music videos, branded pieces, and video game trailers. We are the largest production and financing company in Hawaii.
We combined our talents to help director Neill Blomkamp film a trailer for the EA game, Anthem, which involved our drones flying at high speed along the steep cliffs of Kualoa Ranch. We transformed an area on the Big Island of Hawaii into mysterious and uncharted terrain for BMW, filming on a road that has since been covered over with molten lava following a real volcanic eruption. And we created a tropical apocalypse for a dark music video by music artist Halsey.
How do we provide excellent services while keeping projects affordable for our clients? We are a full-service production services company, with talented and dedicated staff for whom filmmaking is a true passion. We are partnered with the largest camera, grip and lighting house in Hawaii as well as the leading company providing the latest technology in drones, pursuit vehicle cranes, and gimbals. We provide stage facilities, production offices and post-production services. All our partners are located in the same studio, which allows us to quickly coordinate all your production needs at a moment’s notice. We work as a team to make things right for you.
There are other reasons why filming in Hawaii makes perfect sense. We are the 50th and one of the safest states in America, with a strong and stable infrastructure and all the comforts you would expect from a first-world country. We all speak English, the currency is the US Dollar, and we’re just 2 hours behind the west coast. It takes just over 5 hours from here to LA, and the direct flight from New York on Hawaiian Airlines is basically over after 3 movies and a meal. The flight time is similar for our clients from China, South Korea and Japan. Upon arrival, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a different world when you set foot on the `aina.
Producer/Director, Brightworks Australia.