There are many ways to tell a story, and so much a Hindu wedding symbolizes. It was our hope to explore these themes in a far more dramatic way than we felt possible in a traditional documentary, and tell an engaging true love story filled with far more than meets the eye.
Melissa & Samir's incredible journey to Udaipur fulfilled a lifelong dream of being married in India. This transcendent place, affectionately called the "City of Lakes," would be the setting for their extravagant three-day wedding celebration and the backdrop of an unprecedented Pacific Pictures wedding film production. "City of Lakes" is the first ever live event scripted concept film created on this scale. It combines Melissa & Samir's real live wedding with a scripted production, which aims to tell their true life love story in the most engaging way possible. Enjoy the trailer for "City of Lakes" and be sure to watch the full-length wedding concept video.
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
what's this, a photographer promo without them holding a camera or shooting ?!? preposterous.
as with our wedding films, the idea behind this promo was to capture the unique essence of justin and mary. when we got right down to it, that didn't involve them actually shooting, it was more about what inspires their shooting. the writing of the VO also ties in so well into who mary is (just read their blog and you will understand, i keep telling her she should be writing books not blog posts).
i love the contrast of the scenes shot in HD with the 7d and the super 8. to me, this contrast really conveys the contrast in their personalities. at times they are very outgoing, quirky, and quite silly. yet at others they are very quiet and romantic. by filming the same scene in the two different formats, i find it helps convey those two side to the same couple.
thanks to justin and mary for being so open and trusting throughout the process. they are both such amazing people and they sure made it tough to leave. thanks to my buddy drew for his help on this shoot - he provided the extra muscle to get both formats shot at the same time, as well as constantly keeping the creative juices flowing through some long shoot days.