Last summer, I spent a lot of time at a magical retreat centre at Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast called Halfmoon Haven. Halfmoon Haven is not one of these stuffy retreats where people play golf, show off at the pool and don’t talk to each other. Quite the contrary.
Halfmoon Haven embodies the true spirit of the Sunshine Coast. It’s a place where clocks disappear, epiphanies are had in the hot tub under the stars, and where you can spend the day meditating on what feels like your own private beach. If you want to be social, this place attracts a variety of warm hearted, spiritual and artistic characters. It’s a great place to go for a workshop/retreat or to do your own private retreat and perhaps pop in on a breathing workshop or some other holistic event that may be happening during your stay.
Making this video was a labour of love, running around the property with Elijah catching shots of geese and kayakers, filming happy Lomi Lomi massage students running up and down the stone stairs past sacred rock fountains, and spending time with owners Chris and Jenn Fletcher. Fond memories include business meetings in the hot tub, receiving Jenn’s divine massage and reviewing edits around the big comfy family sofa.
Inspired by the beauty and creative flow while there, I improvised a song which we ended up cutting into the video. I am excited to create more theme songs and jingles for small businesses!
Spontaneous Productions is officially open for business, making promotional videos, documentaries, crowdfunding videos and music videos. I just finished making three videos for KBAM, a management company for childrens’ entertainment.
Filming children is beautiful. Their expressions are so fresh and original. I can’t help but smile every time I watch them, no matter how many times I’ve gone over a scene. Crowd shots are challenging since the kids are guaranteed to look chaotic. One child will be dancing like a chicken while the other yawns and another suddenly moves across the frame.
I am so impressed with the entertainers I filmed and the difference they are making in childrens’ lives.
Yesterday, I finally screened Music Theory is Sexy & Metaphysical to Bradshaw Pack, music theory instructor at Capilano University and the star of my first major film project in the Capilano Documentary Program. Bradshaw snickered a little, watching himself saying, “When we have a wedding or a bar mitzvah, do we invite in a mime troupe? No, we play music!”
“That’s funny,” he said. ”I don’t know why I’m laughing…”
“Because it is funny,” I said, “You’re funny. You’re also really inspiring. It’s hard to grab the attention of young minds these days, they’re so absorbed in their phones and their Facebook. I see a lot of instructors struggling to hold students’ attention, but you’ve done it. They love you. You’ve woken them up and they’re smelling the coffee.”
The film reveals Bradshaw’s unusual approach to pedagogy and shows the effect a great teacher can have on students’ lives, while offering a glimpse inside the renowned Jazz Program at Capilano University. Watch students sweat over theory and practice, and triumph in what they do best — play music.
Kamile Kapel is a storyteller, an entertainer, a healer, a one woman show. Her songs combine spoken word and singing, accompanying herself on piano and guitar. With a vocal that ranges from lilting to belting, she sings about things like looking for a map for life, meeting strangers and telling them everything, and the desire to heal her guitar teacher. With humour and playfulness, vulnerabity and ballsiness, she helps us to delight in the human travail. Kamile is currently residing in Hollywood, California where she is enrolled in the Independent Artist Program at the Musicians Institute.