Short Film Shot on Canon DSLRs Fuses Fiction and Documentary

Filmmaker Kevin Shahinian of Pacific Pictures has a knack for unconventional wedding videos. In the past, he’s turned one wedding flick into a thriller, starring the newlyweds.

Key to his films is the idea that the stories are somehow universal; the plot extends beyond the individual love story that he is documenting. Though he is covering the personal stories of a single wedding party, he crafts a storyline that even strangers can appreciate.

For his most recent film, “City of Lakes,” he’s masterminded a fantastic conceptual short film by fusing live footage from a wedding and a scripted love story he created.

Though the film runs just under 30 minutes, it’s definitely worth a watch.

As an added plus, all the filming was done exclusively with Canon DSLRs, the 5D Mark II and the 7D, outfitted with L-series lenses.

The hybrid feature film was shot over the course of nine days, on location at Udaipur, India. Shahinian said that he was working with a skeleton crew that he usually works with to shoot live wedding events. Shahinian wrote on his Vimeo production page:

…it would become an unprecedented attempt to combine a fully scripted, produced film with Melissa & Samir’s real, live wedding into one, seamless film…“CITY OF LAKES” is as much a documentary about what it means to return to the birthplace of one’s ancestors, as it is an exploration of the Hindu faith, and the rituals of a Hindu marriage.

The resulting film is a colorful cultural portrait, a beautiful love story, and an engaging wedding video with a touch of Bollywood-style lightheartedness.

  • brandi_w60

    Where can I find the soundtrack to this! this is a pretty sweet movie/video of a wedding!

  • Ross

    I was in Udaipur about 5 weeks ago, it's an amazing place, this has brought back all the memories, thanks for sharing!

    You can check out my India pictures here…

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  • Avital

    Stunning! Not at all what one expects from wedding videos.

  • ITrush

    Awesome. I love it, it's really worth a watch.

  • brandi_w60

    Ok, after getting a chance to watch the rest of the film, this was amazing. It did bring tears to my eyes when I saw the photos coming across and they were similar to the children that were trying to get to the bride and give her the necklace. This was well done.

  • Saurabh

    Really brilliant. The translation butchered it a little though.

  • Aframarley

    WOW!!!! This is really great!!! Afra Marley

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