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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tales from the original Hawaii-Five-O- Jack Lord- 'Chester "Unc" Lau' (From real life experiences)

Dakinetalks favorite Uncle (Chester Lau)
"Unc"  is really passionate about creating a national Caregivers day.
Any help , support or ideas would be greatly appreciated...
'Unc' currently resides on the Hawai'ian Island of Oahu. 
He is a retired cinematographer,
 and  enjoys giving the politicians a bad time...
Unc, has a new feature, for the next few weeks.
 Unc will be writing about his experiences as a cinematographer
 on the Original Hawaii-Five-0 with Jack Lord and James MacArthur.

Tales from the original Hawaii-Five-O- 
-Jack Lord-

Editors note;

 Unc, has a new feature, for the next few weeks Unc will be writing about his experiences as a cinematographer on the Original Hawaii-Five-0 with Jack Lord and James MacArthur

Jack Lord was a real professional and he expected his crew to do the same.

 When I worked for Hawaii Five O,they  hired me as a set wardrobe supervisor,why not as a camera person? Since the  Hollywood camera union claimed jurisdiction on films originating from Hollywood and they  forbid any one not in their union to work on camera jobs.  the situation was later resolved but I had to go to Hollywood for tests to obtain my camera card to continue work with 5-O .

Jack paid major attention on make up,hair  and wardrobe,because if these 3 crafts were messed up,the whole days production  including shooting is useless, money down the drain !!! Why ? Because movie shooting doesn't  follow the script in the sequences as written ,or when an actor while during a scene  unconscionably loosens his tie knot 3 inches,the wardrobe guy better take note.  After 12 or 14  hours work day,the company called a wrap to continue the next day, wow! the next day ,wardrobe,make up & hair must match or the scenes  are  useless  !!!

One episode involved a fictional death in the family,the scene was filmed in Jack's  Five-O office where lights can be dimmed to set the mood of the scene. Jack was so taken by the story line that he had the whole production crew in silence,no talking or movement. He actually cried doing the scene. We were are all taken aback by his acting to go from chasing criminals to a dramatic scene.

After the successful take of the scene,I took the liberty of bringing him a cup of water ,he sips the water then looked up with appreciative eyes and said, 'who said action is easy?"

 Tales from the original Hawaii-Five-O are from my memory of over a  half a century ago. I will do more if memory can recall all the fun  and  hard work.

Next on line, location on Oahu's North Shore to see the other side of Jack's character.  Aloha, Unc C 

If you haven't already read part 1 of "Tales Form The Original Hawaii Five-0," featuring James MacArthur 
as office Danno Williams, check it out below;

Check out the N.Y Times Obituary on Jack Lord;

"Unc" as a young man....

Wikipedia on Jack Lord

Check out this YouTube video of the original introduction to Hawai'i Five-0. 

Listen to the theme song from Hawaii Five-0

 A note to Unc from Jack Lord star of the original Hawaii Five-O,
where "Unc" worked as a cinematographer

"The ultimate way to start the day, with a Sunrise!"

Send a friend request to view Sunrise therapy daily on James Kimo Rosen's Facebook!

Hana Hou, (Encore) Shared From Facebook...

The original Hawaii-Five-0  was so much better!


KimoRosen said...

Unc, as an Original Five-0 I love these stories! Mahaloas!!! wink emoticon

Debbie Eayrs said...

I enjoyed the story and I ......fed the fish!

Sam Uel Clemens said...

I wonder if Chester knew my friend, Tom Emma's, brother. I think he was the producer of the original show ...or was he one of the writers? Or was it his wife who played a starring role? Arg, I forget. I'll ask my friend to tell me again.

KimoRosen said...

I'll email your comment to Unc, he can't get into Facebook for some reason?

Sam Uel Clemens said...

I will call my friend today & ask him full details. All I know is that his brother had a big part of the show that made him very wealthy.

KimoRosen said...

Please let me know if you hear back from your friend! wink emoticon

Anonymous said...

If you haven't already read part 1 of "Tales Form The Original Hawaii Five-0," featuring James MacArthur
as office Danno Williams, check it out below;

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

I don't know this person if he worked in Hollywood .Only Leonard Freeman the Executive Producer who came to supervise the pilot shooting in Honolulu,

Bettejo Dux said...

Unc, we were beautiful then....

Bettejo Dux said...

Since you're all here, why not trot over to the Garden Island Forum, read my column Will Hurricanes I Have Known and punch recommend? Love you Bettejo

Anonymous said...

we already read it on dakintetalk yesterday! wink emoticon