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PHOTOS: "Pirates of the Caribbean" 4 begins filming in Hawaii



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After months of behind the scenes pre-production work, the fourth film in Disney's blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides, finally began filming last week in Hawaii.

But unlike most Hollywood productions, which keep plot details and photos from the set shrouded in secrecy until just before release, Walt Disney Pictures and producer Jerry Bruckheimer apparently couldn't wait to share—at least a little bit.

Bruckheimer launched the first salvo of Pirates 4 hype shortly after filming began last week on Kauai’s remote Napali Coast, posting these behind-the-scenes photos from the Kalalau Beach set on his Twitter account, and promising more.

“I always travel with a camera, rolling suitcase carry-on and my iPod,” wrote the mega-producer on his Twitter feed. “Going to try to share many behind-the-scenes photos from Hawaii.”

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He’s not fibbing. Bruckheimer is a longtime photography buff, with a studied eye for shots. In addition to the hundreds of photos he is fond of taking on the sets of his film and television productions, he often totes his camera to films premieres and even interviews. He regularly squeezes a few photos of writers before being interviewed by them. (Bruckheimer shot a few photos of yours truly before we chatted at the media junket for the Hawaii-filmed Pearl Harbor in 2001. I’ve yet to see the shots, by the way.)

Thanks to Twitter, however, Bruckheimer seems to have finally found an ideal place to share some of his photographic aptitude with fans of his film and TV work. Seen here (and on the following page) are pics of director Rob Marshall (this page, above) and screenwriter Terry Rossio (next page) arriving on the production’s remote Kalalau Valley location by jet ski, set chairs for Bruckheimer and Pirates star Johnny Depp (this page, top), a Napali Coast rainbow (next page) and Bruckheimer chatting near the ocean on a satellite phone (this page, below).

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“Due to no reception in many of the Hawaii shoot locations, I had to use a special satellite phone all week,” he writes in the Twitter caption accompanying his most recent photo, posted this morning.

We’ll keep following Bruckheimer’s Twitter account over Pirates 4’s summer filming schedule on Kauai and Oahu. Meanwhile, doing its part for the hype machine, Walt Disney Pictures, this week, sent out a media release announcing the start of Pirates 4's Hawaii production.


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