15 MONTHS AGO
Dear Soul Places friends,
We’d like to update you with what’s been happening with ‘Soul Places’. Here’s the latest news from our New Zealand Summer to keep you in the loop.
You may remember we raised just over NZ$23,000 through our Boosted campaign, which was awesome. A portion of our total budget of $385,000 NZD.
In order to maximise our use of these funds, we had to make some big decisions. After much deliberation we concluded our most important priority was to have the flexibility to film when people are available and weather is on our side.
So we used this money to purchase a new Sony 4K production camera (FS7) and the accessories required to make it filming ready. I also invested some of my own money on a set of Nikon prime lenses (with Canon mounts) to take things to the next level visually.
What a delight! No more camera rental fees or having to return gear right when we need to be filming. As the Maori say, we can now ‘follow the Wairua’ (the spirit) of our journey with great flexibility, being able to spend time with people when it flows and capture the magic as it unfolds before us. This has been a true blessing.
In terms of recent filming, my partner Christine and I spent six weeks over the summer in New Zealand on the road filming some incredible people and places.
We had the intention of filming several elders, yet we discovered some were too unwell and the timing wasn’t right for others on this trip. However, we did manage to spend a week with the wonderful Barry Brailsford and his partner Cushla at Castle Hill (Kura Tawhiti) in the South Island.
Barry who turns 80 this year has slowed down a lot physically, yet he still glows with an incredible spirit of generosity and compassion.
We just reached Barry in time. The night we arrived it rained so much a massive landslide, 20,000 tons of scree, blocked the route we’d just taken through Arthurs pass blocking all traffic for several days!
Miraculously the sun opened up the next day so we could film Barry amongst the sacred rock formations at Castle Hill. He shared many gems of knowledge passed down to him by Waitaha elders in this magical place.
As soon as we wrapped filming the storm returned in full force, this time with hail!
We were very grateful, it felt like we were being supported by the elements, ensuring Barry’s wisdom was recorded.
Another highlight of filming was at the transformational festival Luminate, in Canaan Downs on the northern tip of the South Island, near Takaka.
Luminate creates a beautiful utopian community, there were so many opportunities to film magical interaction unfolding before my eyes.
I captured many beautiful scenes with people of all ages, illustrating a sense of love, joy and connection to the land and each other.
This festival opened up new opportunities to film more wisdom keepers both in Aotearoa (NZ) and overseas.
While there’s still much filming to be done with elders and incredible people, we’ve now had to return to Auckland to focus on earning a living and regroup for a while.
The next phase is to edit this recent footage, so we can see how things are shaping up within the big picture, while developing the story. Then we’ll get on the road again to film more as people are available to share on camera.
As soon as we have something more to share, a taste of this magic, you’ll be the first to see!
Thanks so much for your patience, generosity and support. We look forward to sharing more with you soon.
P.S. By the way if you know people or organisations who you feel may like to support this film, additional donations can be made through our website: www.soulplacesmovie.co.nz/donate-invest/
If you feel you’d like to offer support through endorsement from your organisation, partnering us or sponsorship of any kind, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org