Every now and then you’re hit with a bit of news that is so shocking and unbelievable, you don’t quite know how to react. On Wednesday evening, David Robin passed away from complications from a cancer-related surgery.
There may be many of you reading this who did not know David. But know this, he was a giant in the world of event filmmaking. I believe next year would have been 30 years in the wedding and event filmmaking industry for David. But he was so much more than just a wedding filmmaker. He was a feature film documentarian. He had a vibrant corporate video production business. And, perhaps his greatest passion, he was the drummer for the Steely Dan tribute band Steely Jam.
He had won just about every award in the business, several times over. He was inducted into the industry’s “hall of fame.” To our industry, he was a speaker, instructor, mentor, visionary, artist, and savvy businessman. He was also a loving husband, father and grandfather. And to me… he was, and always shall be, my friend.
David epitomized what was best in our industry. He was an avid educator. A selfless giver of knowledge. A man who did not take life or himself too seriously. Open. Honest. Authentic. Love him or hate him, you knew what you were getting when you met and/or dealt with DR.
David was someone always ahead of the curve. Having shot weddings since 1986, he had used just about every kind of camera in the industry through the years. When I first got into this business back in 2002, DR was already a leader and teacher in the industry. I remember when 24p hit the industry in the mid-2000s, David was one of the first to jump in. When DSLRs came out in 2009, he was one of the first leaders to adopt it. Back in early 2011 he had made a switch to delivering his clients’ videos on thumbnail drives when most were still doing DVDs. When many wedding videographers were still wearing Hawaiian shirts and baggy shorts, DR was sporting Buckle shirts and pointed shoes. He was a wedding filmmaker to the stars. For years his studio was the one responsible for filming the Governor’s Balls for the Emmy’s and the Oscars. Yet, whether he was shooting a video for Paris Hilton, or Joe Schmoe, he treated all his clients the same.
It’s still hard to believe. The world is a less happy place with the loss of DR’s laugh, sense of humor, and Brit wit. You will be missed my friend.
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Here’s my old Crossing the 180 podcast interview with David. It’s a clear representation of why he was such an industry leader.
David and his band Steely Jam.