Altiplano as well as the Atacama Desert, the Namib Desert or the Kalahari Desert among many other fascinating landscapes in the world, are located at or near the Tropic of Capricorn. However, there is no single photo book portraying (only) these beautiful places. Moreover, there is no single photo book with additional time-lapse video footages available on Blu-ray or available to download. I want to close this gap by showing these beautiful landscapes to a worldwide audience with my debut time-lapse short film and photo book project THE TROPIC OF CAPRICORN.
It took me 6 months on and off shooting to finish this portrait of Iceland and I've learned a lot of things along that way. Shooting time-lapse is a labor of love and a study in patience... :-) I hope you'll enjoy watching it as much as I did filming it. Thank you!
This time-lapse video was produced between November 2011 and March 2012 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Locations were Hopfensee, Rothsee, Staffelsee, Starnberger See, Zugspitze, Gornergrat, just to name a few...
I have spent all my spare time in the last five month to shoot this time-lapse video. I was on location before and after work as well as all the weekends to shoot these footages here... I slept at 2900 meters above see level to capture some of Europe’s most famous mountains at sunrise… And yes, it was pretty cold out there... The „2012 European cold wave“ started on 27 January 2012 and has brought snow and freezing temperatures to nearly everywhere in Europe. Low temperatures hit Germany and other European countries, reaching as low as −35 °C (−31 °F). Perfect weather for landscape photography…
Shooting this video was one of the best experiences in my life. Traveling around to capture nature's beauty in my homeland was amazing. I had the chance to film a really cold winter day, and it left me breathless. Please enjoy this video fullscreen. And thanks for wachting (and sharing).
Does it still exist somewhere, in some ethereal place, waiting to come to fruition again?
Could a fictional narrative capture an emotional state, and the true meaning behind a real, live event with more drama and conviction than a traditional documentary?
These were just some of the questions that arose when we took on the “CITY OF LAKES” project. First and foremost, it would become an unprecedented attempt to combine a fully scripted narrative production with Melissa & Samir's real, live wedding. All with the intention of creating one, seamless film. The live wedding and production would be shot entirely on-location in Udaipur, India over a period of nine days. Our skeleton crew would consist solely of live event filmmakers from across North America, who would shoot the live wedding events and production simultaneously under some very challenging conditions, exclusively on HDSLRs, the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D.
“CITY OF LAKES” is as much a story about what it means to return to the home of one’s ancestors, as it is an exploration of the Hindu faith, and the rituals of a Hindu marriage. Central to this is the Ganesh pooja, which in simple terms, is a prayer over a fire believed to invoke the spirit of Ganesh, a deity and protector, who Hindus believe can remove all obstacles from one’s path. The pooja is performed several times in the film and carries great significance to the plot and characters in both literal and metaphoric ways.
Melissa & Samir had always dreamed of being married in India. We hope this film helps them cherish that dream while achieving more than a documentary, and perhaps simultaneously, more than a scripted film. We are thankful for the acting talents and professionalism of Anubhab Saha, Sharon Chawda and Rushad Rana; and the amazing support of our sponsors: Canon, Tiffen/Steadicam, and Cinevate. There is a final question we hope you’ll find difficult to answer as you watch our film. In more ways than one, try to answer:
What is real?
Thanks for watching,
Pacific Pictures presents “CITY OF LAKES”
Starring Rushad Rana, Anubhab Saha, and Sharon Chawda
Written & Directed by Kevin Shahinian
Produced by Kevin Shahinian & Patrick Moreau
Line Producer Pravin Thakur
Director of Photography Patrick Moreau
2nd Unit Director Joe Simon
2nd Unit Steadicam Casey Warren
Film Editor Kevin Shahinian
Sound Recordist Amish Solanki
Jib Operator Chris Geiger