Wedding Video Taken to a Whole New Level

I want my blog to be a place where visual artists can get inspiration and encouragement for their work and their business. I also use it as a place to showcase some of the latest work I’ve done, whether for business or pleasure. Today I’m going to showcase the work of a colleague. I’m not going to write much because I think the film will speak for itself.

The video below is a trailer for a wedding video. Yes, a wedding video. Now, I’m almost certain the guy who created it, my friend and colleague Kevin Shahinian of Pacific Pictures (he’s the good lookin’ dude in the photo on the right) would hate me calling it a wedding “video.” In fact, I normally try NOT to use that term because it carries with it all sorts of negative stereotypes and connotations. But that is PRECISELY why I’m using that term now. I want you to take every last negative stereotype that term “wedding video” conjures up, and throw all out the freaking window. For years I and many in this industry have worked hard to elevate what can actually be done in the process of capturing the once in a lifetime memories of a wedding day. Kevin has taken this genre to a whole nother level (and yes, I know there’s no such word as “nother” but I don’t care). The video below is a trailer for a wedding “video” that is a combination of a scripted story woven into an actual wedding documentary of real events. It is purported (albeit by the filmmaker) to be the first one of its kind on this scale. (It was shot with five Canon 7Ds and two 5D Mark II’s). I think he’s right. Words cannot express how amazing this wedding “video” is. You have to see it to believe it.

Congratulations Kevin (and team) on an amazing accomplishment. Now, I hope the final film lives up to the hype I know this trailer is already creating. 🙂

I also wanted to say, watching this piece almost brought tears to my eyes. In the current issue of EventDV magazine, I write about my passion as a filmmaker being awakened in large part due to my interaction with Kevin and the DP on this film Patrick Moreau of StillMotion fame. Seeing this work has greatly inspired me again and I’m proud to call him friend and inspiration.

NOTE: I had the pleasure of interviewing Kevin about the making of this film on my filmmakers podcast, “Crossing the 180.” You can read about it and listen to the podcast here. For now, enjoy this amazing FILM!

“CITY OF LAKES” The Official Trailer from PACIFIC PICTURES on Vimeo.

8 thoughts on “Wedding Video Taken to a Whole New Level

  1. I would have to agree with the “Freakin' Amazing” part. Kevin is definitely taking it to a new level and pushing the story telling envelope. I appreciate the way he was blending studio and live shots together to create what seemed to be a completely uniquely scripted story- without taking your mind out of the picture or comparing the two. He created a very convincing illusion.

  2. I can't help but wonder about the price tag attached to this for a couple have something of this level produced of their wedding. Very amazing stuff!

  3. Dave, let's just say the price tag was enough to cover flying out 4 of thehottest wedding filmmakers in the world, steadicams, cranes, jibs, andproducer. Granted, the average bride would not be able to afford aproduction like this. Heck, the above average bride wouldn't. But, thequality and caliber of this type of cinematography is available at rates afraction of what this production costs. This production just shows what isultimately possible.

  4. You have a point Ron. True it's expensive to produce this caliber of wedding film, but compare that to a Hollywood (Bollywood) film price tag and it is a steal! I am curious about how much they charged? $45,000 $60,000?

  5. Hey Ron,Thanks for the kind words and all of the exposure you have given to this project. It's very much appreciated. I'm thrilled you find this work inspiring & greatful for your friendship.As far as living up to the hype, I suppose we'll have to wait and see…Best,-Kevin

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