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Meet the Crew: Scott Robertson – 1st Assistant Director

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Aloha 1st AD Scott Robertson surveys the scene from a unique vantage point. Picture courtesy of Andy Fischer. © 2015 The Uncool.

Scott Robertson has been working in the film industry for more than 25 years. He’s worked on a great mix of comedies (Superbad, I Love You Man, Eastbound & Down) and dramas (Moneyball, Foxcatcher, Zero Dark Thirty). In addition to Aloha, Scott’s work will also be seen in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant starring Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio.

You’ve had a long film career dating back to 1991. Tell us how you broke into the business?

I was working in a record/video store called Music Plus in Hollywood. This was 1989 and I was 20 years old. Back then directors/producers and assistants would come in and rent movies so that they could reference other films while shooting or editing their own movies. Well before YouTube. Anyway, one of my usual customers came in and asked me what I wanted to do with my life. Asked me if I would be willing to work long hours with no pay. I jumped at the chance. I was given an 8:00am call time the next day at 20th Century Fox. The job was a movie called The Abyss and I was hired to be a film runner. Eventually I found myself working as Jim Cameron’s second assistant. That’s a whole other story.

How do you see the role of a 1st AD on the film set?

To support the director and the film. Every director and movie is different. I find myself taking on whatever role best fits both.

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Sep 3, 2015

Aloha Inspirations: Life Magazine

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“As a kid, I remembered how romantic and modern and beckoning space was. Life Magazine made heroes out of space pioneers.  I loved the idea of exploring all the images we grew up with… and how excited we all were about the promise of the future above our heads.”

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Aug 26, 2015

Aloha – Gag Reel Clip Starring Alec Baldwin

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Aloha is out today in North America on Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate, we thought you’d like to see a small clip from the Gag Reel. It features Mr. Alec Baldwin having a bit of trouble with his scene. There’s much more Alec, along with the rest of the cast on the entire Gag Reel. You’ll also find a commentary by Cameron, the original opening, an alternate ending, a 70 minute documentary The Untitled Hawaii Project: The Making of Aloha, additional deleted scenes, a photo gallery with photographer Neal Preston and much, much more.

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Aug 25, 2015

The Untitled Hawaii Project: The Making of Aloha

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With today’s release of Aloha on iTunes, we wanted to share the first 8 minutes or so of the full length documentary, The Untitled Hawaii Project: The Making of Aloha. It’s included on both the iTunes and the Blu-ray (out on August 25th). We hope you dig it.

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Aug 11, 2015

Aloha Blu-ray and DVD Details

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We are extremely proud to share all the details for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Aloha for North America. First up, Aloha will look great, as it is a 4K digital transfer. We think the Extra Features are some of the best we have put together, starting with a full-length behind-the-scenes documentary, The Untitled Hawaii Project: The Making of Aloha, which runs nearly 75 minutes. The disc is also packed with Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes, including the 16+minute Original Opening, an Alternate Ending, and handful of others. There are extras dealing with space, local Hawaiian slack-key master Ledward Kaapana, a Gag Reel, and so much more! The DVD will feature the full documentary and the Gag Reel. Both will be available on August 25th. The Digital HD version will be out earlier on August 11th with some alternate extras, but we will talk about that later this month.

Release Date: August 25, 2015
BD Disc Size: 50 GB Disc
Slipcover: Yes
Region Code: Region A
Video Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Sound:

  •  5.1 (English)
  •  5.1 (French)

Extra Features:

  • Commentary by Writer/Director Cameron Crowe
  • The Untitled Hawaii Project: The Making of Aloha Feature Length Documentary (HD)
  • Gag Reel (HD)
  • Original Opening (HD)  
  • Alternate Opening (HD)  
  • Deleted Scenes (HD)
  • Four Featurettes (HD)  
    • The Awe of Space (HD)
    • Mitchell’s Film (HD)
    • Ledward Kaapana: Music Is Everything (HD)
    • Uncle Bumpy (HD)
  • Photo Gallery with Audio Introduction by Photographer Neal Preston (HD) 

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Jul 13, 2015

Aloha Vinyl Coming Soon!

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We are very excited to announce that the Aloha Soundtrack will be coming out on vinyl later this fall! The cover for the gatefold 2-LP set was inspired by soundtrack albums of the ’70’s, with art by Sina Grace (Self-Obsessed, Burn The Orphanage, Li’l Depressed Boy), colors by Tamra Bonvillain and logo design by Sydney Nichols. The LP packaging will feature five additional illustrations by Sina, liner notes by Cameron, and a few more really cool surprises.

We will have much more to share soon, but for now we thought you’d dig seeing the cover and label art for the vinyl . . .

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Jul 6, 2015

Meet the Crew: Sean Mannion – Prop Master

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Sean Mannion on the set of Aloha. Dec., 2013. Picture courtesy of Andy Fischer. © 2015 The Uncool.

Sean Mannion on the set of Aloha. Dec., 2013. Picture courtesy of Andy Fischer. © 2015 The Uncool.

Sean Mannion has been working in the film industry for twenty-five years. His career began in the late eighties and includes all types of genres. His resume includes working extensively with filmmakers such as Judd Apatow and recent Marvel hits like Thor 2: Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy. Aloha is his first film with Cameron. 

Tell us your breaking in story…

I was a Production Assistant (PA) and my very first job was to sit on a generator beneath an overpass. I was directed to jump up and down, yell and wave at cars coming around a blind bend to get them to avoid hitting the generator. I spent twelve hours on the generator. Twelve hours of jumping up and down and waving. The shooting crew was shooting above, on top of the overpass. When lunch was called, they made me stay down there to keep protecting the generator. They sent my lunch down to me in a bucket dropped by a rope. I continued to wave with sandwich in hand. As I ate my cold sandwich, I thought, “Well, no place to go but up.”

You’ve worked on quite a few of Apatow’s productions (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny PeopleBridesmaids, etc.). What was that experience like?

Working on an Apatow film is like working with family. A family that talks about vulgar things all the time. Judd does have an incredible loyalty to his people so the great thing is we get to work with the same people from film to film. It really is like a family. And we laugh a lot all day. The stuff on those sets are very funny. Tough to keep it together sometimes during takes.

This is your first Cameron Crowe film, right?

Yes. This is my first Cameron Crowe film where I’m not seated in a dark theater eating popcorn and milk duds.

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Jun 23, 2015

Meet the Crew: Jeff Wexler – Production Sound Mixer

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Jeff on the set of Elizabethtown. Picture courtesy of Jeff Wexler.

Jeff Wexler has been working in the film industry since he was an intern on Harold and Maude back in 1971.  His career spans more than four decades with such varied films as Foul Play, Being There, The Natural, Spaceballs, Independence Day, Fight Club and Mission Impossible III. We spoke on location working on his sixth film with Cameron, Aloha. 

Looking back on your 40 year career in the film industry, I read that you had no plans to follow in your dad’s footsteps (preeminent cinematographer Haskell Wexler). Tell us how working a summer job on Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude changed your life?

I had been on sets with my father probably since about the age of two. I was very familiar with what goes on when making a movie but when I started to think about what I would do “when I grow up” it never crossed my mind that I would work on movies. I spent 5 years in college preparing to teach sociology at the college level. One summer I think my father felt that I had been in school long enough and needed a summer job. Of course he got me a job on a movie, working as a production assistant in the Art Department on Harold and Maude. I had known Hal Ashby from times spent going to dailies with my father, visiting the editing room (Hal was an Academy Award winning editor on several movies my father had shot), so I was quite comfortable on the set again, with people I knew. What I was not prepared for was how I felt, for the first time, being on a movie, not as a visitor but as a participant. I fell in love with the movies. When the movie wrapped I made the decision: teaching was out — I would pursue a career working on movies.

Describe to our readers the duties of a Sound Mixer?

I am a Production Sound Mixer and it is the responsibility, with my crew, for all the sound that is recorded during production. This is primarily dialog recording, but we also record sound effects, ambiences, music (sometimes live performances depending on the movie). Many others will work on the soundtrack for a movie in post production (i.e. sound designer, sound editorial, foley, music composer, re-recording mixer, etc.) but the production sound recordings are the primary and fundamental basis for the movie.

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Jun 15, 2015

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