On September 26, 2017, a group of Hawaii Pacific University students went on a little field trip down to Hawaii Media Inc.
Hawaii Media Inc (HMI) is the largest production equipment rental company in Hawaii. The 20,000 sf facility is stationed in Haleiwa. They have a 2,500 sf soundstage, in-house repairs, and more than 3,000 sf of Production offices to offer. Of the company’s twelve full-time employees, Dean was the one to give us a well-educated tour of the warehouse.
Walking into the place for the first time, I was in awe. Huge, tall shelves carrying all types of equipment lined the warehouse. These equipment which are available to their customers includes cameras, lenses, lighting, grip trucks, cranes, dollies, etc. I was not actually aware of how much was really there until Dean talked about it.
As Dean started to explain about the different type of equipment and their purposes, it finally hit me just how little I really know about the film industry. Before this visit I did not know about even the littlest of things, such as the use of gels that go over lighting equipment to change the appearance of the color of the light, or that you have to watch out for the amount of wattage a lamp uses so you don’t end up blowing a circuit. It was nice to learn so much information and hear about previous projects Dean has worked on and been included in. Cinematography is an incredible art form and form of personal expression. It is not as easy as it looks and it takes a very a creative individual who is knowledgable in this field to know how to make a good film that looks professional. Some professionals can be in this industry for years before they even get acknowledged. If this is something you are able to become successful at, you can go places, meet new people (maybe meet some celebrities), and have new life experiences.
It was very cool to find out that this place is where all the film industries who come from all over to film in Hawaii come to borrow equipment as a means to avoid lugging heavy, expensive equipment across seas.
If you would like to know more about renting out equipment from Hawaii Media Inc you can visit their website.