By Rich Figel
We just wrapped shooting for our Halloween Career Changers TV show, which will start running next week, but I wanted to give readers a heads-up on some Goodwill news. For the first time in Hawaii, they will be sponsoring a Halloween costume contest in conjunction with the big Celebrate Kaimuki Kanikapila block party on Sat., Oct. 29. Waialae Avenue will be closed off between Koko Head and 11th Avenue from 9 am to 3 pm that day.
But you don't have to wait until then to enter the contest, which offers a grand prize of one year of free shopping at Goodwill (not sure what the total value will be). As part of their revamped marketing efforts, Goodwill is making a big push into social media and building up their customer database through the introduction of a Goodwill shoppers card program, and a mobile app for smart phones.
If you buy something from Goodwill that is incorporated into your Halloween outfit, you can take a photo and send it in through the Goodwill app. Click here for more info. They hope to have the card ready to go by the end of the month. Besides the high tech upgrades, they will also be unveiling a new window display at the Kaimuki store location on Halloween weekend -- but it won't be spooky stuff, unless you consider haute coutoure glam kind of scary. Which come to think of it, is sometimes pretty bizarre looking.
It's an unusual marketing melange they're putting together: glam fashion events, featuring clothes from their shops, and thrift store mix-and-match costumes. What's cool though is you're only limited by your imagination and creativity when putting together outfits for either look.
At left is a photo of stylist Rene Rodriguez, who did the make up for Allie Lee, and created her costumes from items he got at Goodwill for our shoot. For last year's Halloween show, he transformed CCTV host Theresa Tilley into an obake woman, which was a lot of fun. (Video link here.)
At the time, Rene had recently done freelance work on The Pirates of the Caribbean movie that was filmed here (he did wigs and zombie pirates make-up). Since then, he has worked on the short-lived TV series, Off the Map, and is now doing casting for The River series through his job at Niche Models and Talent.
In my next post, I'll have some costume shop options for those who aren't inclined to create their own outfits, or do not have access to a celebrity stylist to do their make-up.
Did you see the L.A. Times story about UH researchers using maggots to treat diabetes wounds? Sounds a little creepy, but makes sense. Here's the link. I knew leeches were making a comeback in medical circles, but maggot therapy was news to me!
As for the boos, Wayne Harada hit the nail on the head in his blog about what's wrong with Hawaii Five-O: TOO MANY EXTRANEOUS CHARACTERS AND SUBPLOTS! Seems like every week they're introducing new cast members with more back stories than anyone can follow or care about -- and they have nothing to do with Hawaii, the people or the culture here or actual crime issues. Meanwhile, the core characters spend more time dealing with internal affairs investigations than actually investigating cases.
In the first two episodes, the villains or antagonists are barely even seen on screen. On Monday night's show, I don't think there was any direct reference to the antagonist until the last 15 minutes or so. And do we really need Tom "Celebrity Rehab" Sizemore as another mainland-imported character? Sheesh. The plots of the first two episodes this season were so weak and convoluted, it required major exposition in which the characters literally explain what happened and why.
If you want to see examples of great television writing, check out Breaking Bad and Damages, which are available through Netflix. Both have riveting plots, and truly scary characters -- and that's the "heroes" I'm talking about. My nomination for best TV series ever though is Friday Night Lights. Those series remind me why I wanted to be a screenwriter in the first place.
For daily viewing times and other useful links, please visit www.CareerChangers.TV. You can also watch video segments from past and current episodes on the CCTV YouTube Channel. So what are YOU gonna be for Halloween?