March 14, 2007

For you Lost fans...


Wednesdays, oh, how I love Wednesdays. TV at its finest with Lost at 9pm and then back to back episodes of the Sopranos on A&E.

I have been on the set of Lost twice and both by accident, well kind of.

The first time was when we were in Hawaii on the island of Oahu (that is where the majority of it is filmed) in 2004. Lost had just done the first pilot episode and I knew nothing of the show. We had driven to Haleiwa and taken some back roads as we wanted to just get out in the country. We found a road that was wrapping around the island. It was POURING rain and you could not see very well. We came up over a slight hill to find smoke coming from the beach. I told Callie to slow down and then we saw it. A plane ripped to shreds on fire on the beach. We screached to a halt, I opened the door and ran thinking we had found some plane that had crashed. I really was expecting dead bodies to be everywhere. I was screaming and yelling to see if anyone would answer. Then this old Hawaiian guy with a ukulele(no joke) came over the hill and said "it's fo tv bra". If any of you follow Lost, you know I'm talking about the fulsal (sp?) lodge. It was just sitting there on the beach with no security what so ever. I did not even think of taking a picture.

Fast forward a year and I still to this day cringe when I think I could have taken out my camera and taken some shots of the set...

In 2005 1 day before my 30th birthday, I had booked a wedding at the Laie Temple on Oahu. We drove back to where the fulsal lodge was and it was gone. Not even a trace of it was there. So sad. Anyway, I was driving along Kamehameha Highway taking shots of the scenery before the wedding and I see this sign in front of this dirt road that said "base camp". No way. I turn onto it and start driving up. I am in an obvious rental car. Then comes the first of 3 checkpoints. They wave me through each one. I was in street clothes with a local t shirt on (GO RED RAIDERS - KAHUKU) and I had my light meter around my neck. They thought I was part of the set. I get to the last check point and they start yelling and waiving their arms at me. I stop the car and think, oh crap, I'm in a lot of trouble now. I get out and the lady who has a clipboard in her hand and a headset on tells me its on "lockdown" and they are shooting live right now. I look to my left and down in the valley I see some HMI's (lights) and little people running around being followed by cameras. I am doing my complete best to contain myself. The lady then asks if I am location scouting for BLANK BLANK BLANK. I have no idea what she was talking about but I thought about it and said, sure, I'm location scouting. I got out, grabbed my camera and took I think 3 shots as I was too nervous to take more. This is the shot I took.

Now when I watch Lost (especially the episode where Hurley starts the VW) I know exactly where they are in that Valley.

When I got back to my car the lady asked me if I wanted to take the "Jurassic Park" way out. So tempting, but I went back out the way I came.

I love Wednesdays.

7 comments:

Dann said...

Ah man, the Furio episodes...any scene with Richie...Christopher's acting/screenwriting classes...so much to love about season 2.
Next time I'm in NYC, I'm tempted to play hokey tourist and do this: http://www.screentours.com/tour.php/sopranos/ if only to get my picture at Satriale's.

Clairissa said...

What a coool story! I love Lost!

Aimee Heff said...

I don't watch lost even though everyone in my family tells me I need to. Just wanted to tell you that I had fun reading your blog. Can't wait to see the new website and spread the word about your photography. Still in love with my album! - aimee white heffernan

Terese said...

That story is awesome! I Josh and I are total LOST junkies.Josh is trying to come up with his own "Sawyer sayings." It's a real treat.

Zofia said...

The burning plane! Ha! That's great. I love Wednesdays too. I actually live for Lost.

threewinks said...

Jon, I am so jealous! I love watching LOST. Can you repost the pic you took? Did you have to take it down or something? That is oh so funny that they thought you were part of the set. Note to self: always wear light meter around neck when approaching possible movie sets ;)

Jonathan Canlas said...

the picture is still there...at least on my end.

I have to wait until next week to watch this episode.

Not a bad trade off for a trip to the Dominican I guess...