planet5D was the first major blog to show off the “City of Lakes” (entirely shot on Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon EOS 7Ds) movie trailer back in early March and now the entire movie is now available online at the Pacific Pictures website! I was able to meet both Kevin Shahinian & Patrick Moreau (from @stillMotion whom we've highlighted before) at the NAB conference last week and they are both an absolute delight. And, you can hear a great interview with Kevin over on the 16×9 site that was recorded just a day or two ago.
“The project would require a leap of faith first from Chicago natives, Melissa & Samir, who initially invited me to document their three-day destination wedding in Udaipur, India, while simultaneously considering a Bollywood concept they hoped to premiere at their reception. I quickly realized no concept film could rival the fairy tale wedding they had planned. So after pitching the idea to combine a scripted concept with their wedding film to produce a much more meaningful â€˜hybridâ€™ feature, they deliberated, and finally took the leap. For that, I canâ€™t thank them enough. It then took a leap of faith from my DP & Co-producer Patrick Moreau, who was skeptical, but eager, followed by talented wedding filmmakers Joe Simon & Casey Warren. Rounding out our team was my jib operator, Chris Geiger, Amish Solanki, and Mumbai-based super-producer, Pravin Thakur; a true miracle worker.
â€œCITY OF LAKESâ€ is as much a documentary about what it means to return to the birthplace of oneâ€™s ancestors, as it is an exploration of the Hindu faith, and the rituals of a Hindu marriage. Central to this is the Ganesh puja, which in simple terms, is a prayer over a fire believed to invoke the spirit of Ganesh, a great deity and protector, who can remove all obstacles from oneâ€™s path. The puja is performed several times in the film and carries great significance to the plot and characters in both literal and metaphoric ways.”
I'm afraid we can't embed the movie, so skip on over to Pacific Pictures website to watch it – all 28+ minutes of it! It is an amazing combination of a wedding story and an actual wedding… well worth the watch!
I also had a couple of nice chats with Amish Solanki who helped on the movie (we chatted at NAB). And it was great to watch Patrick and Kevin showing scenes from the movie on the Canon stage while Amish told me exactly what was going on behind the scenes – and I can't imagine trying to film while bats were swooping down (during the candle scenes). I had so much fun at NAB!
Now Kevin, where's that full size download going to be available? 🙂
(Photo credit: snap from the video)