FilmSpa

Based in Laguna Beach, California, FilmSpa is a technical advising firm expert in “the art of the spa” for film and television.  Founder Candy Silvasy’s global spa expertise encompasses locales, treatments, design and protocol.

Does your production:

Have a spa scene(s)?

A character giving or receiving a spa treatment?

Depict a spa day?

Relax, spa expert & stylist, Candy Silvasy, will give your project the “treatment” it deserves, enticing spa loving audiences with a true to life spa experience tailored to fit your script.  In addition, she has created on site spas for events like the Sundance Film Festival & can do the same on your set.  To discuss FilmSpa for your project – or if you have any type of spa question, contact her at 513.543.0993 or candace@artofthespa.com.

Spa Day, Destination or Resort?

Perhaps the most crucial aspect of representing spa in film, is choosing the right spa environment for your character, story, period & setting.  There are major differences between day spas, nail salons, destination spas & wellness retreats and why a character would choose one over the other.  Candy ensures that the spa depiction will be a believable match taking into advisement the following:

– Character’s age, lifestyle, financial status & motivation

– Geography & period

An in room spa suite at Mandarin Oriental New York would suit urban honeymooners

– The purpose of the spa in the plot.  For instance, is the character undergoing a transformation?  Does the spa symbolize a haven?  Is the character on holiday?

Once the appropriate type of spa is determined, she can also assist you design the set or choose a location (see below).

The Spa Treatment

A Hammam

When crafting spa scenes, FilmSpa’s top considerations are: 1. That the sequence be as effortless for the actor as possible. 2. That the sequence have the greatest visual impact on film. 3. That the actors & the scene/stage can be reset as quickly as possible to speed filming.

Spa treatment protocol (the elements of a treatment) are period & geographically dependent.  For instance, one wouldn’t find a steam room in Turkey – it would be a hammam & look different.  Or, a film set in Thailand should not depict a Swedish massage.  As a spa historian, Candy knows how to portray a variety of periods from an ancient Roman Bath to a 1950’s Beauty Parlour.

If an actor is required to play the role of a therapist or spa goer, Silvasy can coach the actor on what would happen during the treatment/spa visit.

Some treatments you may consider:

Facials

Vichy Showers

Vichy Shower

Waxing

Pedicures & Manicures

Acupuncture

Shirodhara - a showstopper

Shirodhara Ancient Indian Oil Treatment

Body Wraps

Thalassotherapy

Watsu (Underwater Massage)

Hot Stone Massage Variation

Massage including Thai, Swedish, Hot Stone & Four Handed

Don’t Shoot! It’s a Spa!

While the zen vibe of the spa seems miles away from the mayhem of a film shoot, if you want to shoot on location, Silvasy can help.  Like a spa divining rod,

Willow Stream Spa in Dubai

she can scout retreats in any country, work with the staff to meet your onsite needs & manage the details.

The Spa Set

Using a soundstage for your spa?  Silvasy has created spas in locales from a carnival tent at the Sundance Film Festival to the middle of a botanical garden.  She will collaborate with set designers to ensure a believable replica is achieved.  Including:

– Selection & placement of equipment

– Interior design

– Necessary accoutrements

Ward”Robe”

White robes are so passe

Just as the military has it’s uniforms, so do spagoers & staff.  But before you en”robe” your actors in generic white terry cloth, let us suggest more suitable togs.  Candy has selected uniforms & loungewear for a variety of spas and can source and supply your costumer with the same.

It’s a Spa Emergency

FilmSpa can assist you or your crew with any spa situations you may encounter such as:

– Reviewing scripts for proper spa terminology

– Creating fantasy & fun spa treatments for comedic purposes

– Arranging on set spa services

Spa with Candy

A lifelong passion for spa has fueled Candy’s career during which she has experienced 90+ spas & (begrudingly!) logged in too many treatments to count.  Her “spa repertoire” includes:

– Stylist for spa & salon photo shoots

– Stager for residences & real estate brokers

– Reproduced spas at retail venues & entertainment functions such as the Sundance Film Festival

– Spa expert featured on: (Play her reel)

FOX News

ABC

KET TV

55KRC radio

– Projects seen in:

American Spa

Spa Magazine

Cincinnati Enquirer

– Producer & writer of the Spa4Diabetes Massage & Diabetes short

– Consultant to international resort, destination & day spas for over 10 years

– Member of the California Spa Association, Thai Spa Associations, Indian Spa Association and Australasian Spa Association

– Creator of the first engagement book/calendar devoted to spas, Art of the Spa

– Hair & Spa Model

– Editor of Spa Around the World

“We look forward to bringing the spa to life for your audiences.”

Spa wishes,  Candy

candace@artofthespa.com      513.543.0993

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