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"City of Lakes" Behind The Lens

Cinevate is proud to present a behind the scenes look into the making of Pacific Pictures' "CITY OF LAKES," on-location in Udaipur, India. Read more & watch the full length film here: City of Lakes

The Atlas 30 LTS Slider and Proteus DSLR Cage were utilized for this production.

"City of Lakes"


From the first hints of this project over eight months ago, we had no idea of just how successful the whole project was to be. Kevin, you've managed to gather a whole series of variables (any one of which will "fail" a project) together under your creative umbrella and simply made it work. From the 3 virals and related Cinevate contest, film trailer, Las Vegas theatre debut of the film and now the extended web version, Kevin and the rest of the crew have proven themselves consummate professionals. Remember there are a series of behind the scenes clips coming starting next week which will show even more of how these powerful images came to be. Kevin, congratulations once again on a truly amazing journey.

Dennis Wood

We would also like to send out a huge congratulations to Patrick Moreau (Stillmotion), Joe Simon(Joe Simon Wedding Films), Casey Warren (Mindcastle Studios) and Amish Solanki (Amish Solanki Photography) who were all instrumental in the success of this production.

You can view the original post on the Pacific Pictures blog.

In case you missed it don't forget to check out the recent "City of Lakes" trailer and contest page.


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Rafael Ziah Franco
29 Apr 2010, 13:42
What an inspiration this project has been. Congrats on an amazing outcome and thanks to Pacific Pictures for creating such an incredible experience.

As a filmmaker, I find the possibility of following in Kevin Shahinian's footsteps, truly riveting. Many of us artists consider it an honour to witness an intimate event and being able to transform it into art such as this, is indeed a privilege.

Can't wait to see behind the scenes footage!

-Rafael Ziah Franco
Emrys Roberts
29 Apr 2010, 15:50
Seeing this in theater at NAB was a true inspriation to watch. As a filmmaker and cinematographer I have really been finding inspiration in Kevin's, Casey's, Patrick's, Joe's and Amish's work. The cinematic level to which they bring their work really shows that if you have enough determination and believe in your own talent you can accomplish your vision.

Great work everyone and I look forward to learning about your process in the weeks to come. :)
02 May 2010, 03:59
Looking foreward to the behind the scenes stuff. It will be interesting to see how some of the products were employed through out this project.
Diogo Silva
02 May 2010, 17:07
City of lakes
Dennis Wood
02 May 2010, 18:27
Emrys, it was pretty special indeed to see the film for the first time in Las Vegas on the big screen. Kevin came up with the idea just days before NAB and pitched the concept to me. About 10 seconds later the cheque was in the mail :-) Output directly from Kevin's Mac, and projected using one of Canon's finest 1080p projectors, (which Kevin arranged literally same-day after realizing the theatre's project was terrible), I think we were all pretty stunned with how amazing it looked. Having the family, Vincent Laforet, Rodney Charters and a few other "names" in the crowd didn't hurt too much either.

John, although I'll admit to getting pretty emotional at the film screening, I'll admit that the BTS clips for me personally are very important. As a company that equips film makers in an effort to achieve their creative goals, BTS is all about achieving that goal.

Rafael, the entire project from the first meetings in September, to virals, trailer and film (and soon BTS) has taken on a life of its own. We hope it serves as an example of how manufactures might engage with their customers to create amazing stories given the social media environment the world has so quickly constructed.

I just found this blog clip, posted by Amy Shah, who you'll find dancing the lead in the film's major number: It's her viewpoint, self-shot, on the day which is as honest as they come.

Dennis Wood
Faith Archambeau
03 May 2010, 20:39
Wow - Very impressive! L♥ve the cinematography & music (actors of course!) All were Great. Truly refreshing film work! Definetly want to see the behind the scenes footage ^_^
Great Job one & all!
Faith & Chelsi♥ Archambeau
Tom Chaffer
06 May 2010, 08:10
Add me to the list of fanciers! Shahinian is amazing not only for his multi-tiered approach to training/coaching/building stars out of his clients, but for the way he is bridging two cultures by bringing these other amazing photographers/filmmakers (DSLR gums that up, doesn't it?)! Go Kevin, go!
06 May 2010, 18:39
OMG! this movie moved me to tears! it's so beautifully shot and inspiring in so many ways. Thank you for creating this master piece and sharing it with the world!
Kevin Shahinian
07 May 2010, 12:36
Thanks everyone for the comments. The film is finally here, and I'm glad we got to premiere it live in a movie theater; the experience of seeing it on the big screen was definitely special. Dan, Dennis and the Cinevate team have done a wonderful job helping us promote this film and we're all looking forward to the BTS and of course future projects.

Tom, thanks... I am going to take you up on that! ;)
arun arora
18 May 2010, 22:17
its a true inspriation...
19 May 2010, 13:25
I'm floored. The amount of creativity that went into the production of this epic wedding film is simply overwhelming.

Amazing job guys, you all deserve a huge round of applause for this one!

Nicole Roberts
22 May 2010, 14:07
Well this certainly raises the bar on wedding films! Wow. Amazing work. Congratulations on such an extraordinary film. Looking forward to Episode 3.
Dave Dugdale
25 May 2010, 11:04
Wow, that looks like it was a ton of work and planning.
Zaven Baghdanian
05 Jun 2010, 10:39
I would like to congratulate Kevin and his team for a beautiful work. You guys rock! As an event cinematographer, I felt the pain and the joy that you guys were going through during filming the project as I were watching the behind the lens footages. Congrats!!!

Bobby Arthur
10 Aug 2010, 00:26
Congrats to the entire team for such a refreshing and wonderful production. I reference this production to a script in the movie of which I paraphrase here
"whatever you dream of,can be achieved".
More grease to your elbows. However,of all the reviews, the issue that has received the least coverage is how the audio was captured. It has been mentioned that the Zoom H4n was used, but how did the crew tackle sync issues especially relating to audio bit-rates. A favorable response will be very much appreciated.
Roberto Garza
10 Mar 2011, 16:24
How about, first I want to comment that I found the movie and fabulous photography ... mainly in reference to that I have some questions I'd like to see if I can answer ...

1. The camera is the Canon 5D MarkII but the speeds recorded 24fps or 30fps?
2. I see in the behind the scenes to put white and blue ribbons on the LCD of the camera, this was to mark the frame they wanted and relied upon to mark at that point in the LCD?
3. In relation to the same, to see the movie seems that it was at 2:35 and not 16:9 ... how they got that ... in postproduction?
4. What type of transfer and compression made ​​Apple Pro Res 4:2:2 HQ or that ...?

Thanks in advance for your attention and look forward to your prompt response ...

Roberto Garza
15 Jul 2011, 13:50
Looks like a TON of fun. And inspiring!!
16 Oct 2011, 07:31
Hello, nice site. Posted by myself in bookmarks
27 Oct 2011, 02:47
the lost girl sharon chawda is one of my friends i know her
01 Nov 2011, 05:36
Simply amazing. You have no idea how much inspiration your team has given me...amazing.
01 Jan 2012, 19:47
Excellent movie, the two child actors speak volumes when they look at each other.

One problem- it stops at 18:10, is it a setting or what?

Hiren Chitroda
13 May 2012, 07:16
hello sir,
i m impress of your work
and i like your work
i m video editor i like to come in film making
17 Jan 2013, 02:29

31 Mar 2013, 12:30
Please, what is the name of the album that was used for this production - particularly the opening?


This is wonderful!!
Dipak soni
01 Apr 2015, 02:33
Good works. its fill like complicate film.