“MATRYOSHKA” THE OFFICIAL SHORT

Posted in concepts

When people touch our lives, they live on in our hearts forever.

A powerful message long cherished by Sasha upon the passing of his grandmother, echoes the theme of our cross-cultural drama, MATRYOSHKA. Set simultaneously in two cities nearly a world apart, Moscow and Los Angeles, MATRYOSHKA tells the modern day story of Russian immigrants, Sasha and Yulia, as they plan their upcoming wedding in America and reflect on the many loved ones they miss back home.

Like many in a diaspora, they yearn to share their wedding celebration with the friends and family that remain behind overseas; sadly most of them will not be able to make the long journey to attend. Saying goodbye to loved ones at a given stage or circumstance is a bittersweet fact of life we all tend to face. For Sasha and Yulia, it’s a challenge that seems insurmountable until the night Sasha presents Yulia with a special gift - an old Russian nested doll - the ubiquitous MATRYOSHKA. A family heirloom Sasha received years ago. It’s a gift that comes with a powerful message about saying goodbye to loved ones; a message that inspires Yulia to action. All alone, Yulia travels back to their Russian homeland to create a special video of the friends and family that remain behind - a thoughtful surprise to share with everyone at their wedding, including Sasha. Challenges arise immediately upon her arrival, but one is seemingly solved by a mysterious local driver at the airport. As Yulia’s journey unfolds, questions are revealed like the MATRYOSHKA, layer upon layer.

Though in her darkest hour, Yulia recalls Sasha’s powerful message and within his words a dramatic revelation. MATRYOSHKA is as much a tribute to one’s homeland as it is a celebration of the people who touch our lives and guide us directly and indirectly on our path as we encounter moments of fate and coincidence. And of those loved ones we may be forced to let go, Sasha’s words are a reminder that they live on in our hearts and minds, forever.

From a production standpoint, MATRYOSHKA was a test for the limits of ultra low profile, on-location guerilla filmmaking. As each of our productions have grown in scope and scale, so too have their crews and crew footprints. Written, produced and directed by Kevin Shahinian, MATRYOSHKA was shot over six days on-location in Moscow with no crew whatsoever, with the hope of making no compromises and few sacrifices in how the film would be executed. Ideas are only as solid as their execution and the conditions proved extremely challenging, from dialogue in moving vehicles to foot chases through dense woodlands; it’s exciting to share the results and let the audience be the judge. MATRYOSHKA is inspired by true events and co-stars Evgeniy Volovenko and Olga Prikhodko.

Shot with the Canon C100, 5D Mark III, and EOS L-Series lenses
Additional support gear by Zacuto.com, Cinevate.com, & Glidecam.com

In the mean time be sure to check out:
Megan & Narbeh’s concept movie “Sno”
Melissa & Samir’s epic Indian wedding concept trailer “City of Lakes”

“MATRYOSHKA” THE OFFICIAL TEASER

Posted in concepts

Some coincidences we aren’t meant to understand. And some things aren’t coincidences.

Can a moment be defined - as fate or coincidence? The people who have touched our lives; the choices we’ve made; the many turns we could’ve taken, but didn’t; have all led us to this moment. For Russian immigrants Yulia and Sasha, this moment arrives on the eve of their upcoming wedding in America. As they reflect on the fateful ways they met and the journey that brought them together; from random acts, to deliberate choices, and the pivotal people who helped along the way.

Like many in a diaspora, they yearn to share their wedding celebration with the friends and family that remain behind overseas. Sadly most of them cannot make the long journey to attend. It’s a challenge that seems insurmountable, until the night Sasha presents Yulia with one simple gift - an old Russian nested doll - the ubiquitous MATRYOSHKA. A family heirloom that comes with a very powerful message, one that inspires Yulia to action. All alone, Yulia travels back to their Russian homeland to create a special video of the friends and family left behind - a thoughtful surprise to share with everyone at their wedding, including Sasha. Challenges arise immediately upon her arrival, but one is seemingly solved by a mysterious local driver at the airport. As Yulia’s journey unfolds, questions unravel like the MATRYOSHKA, layer upon layer. Is his presence fate? Or just coincidence? Is he all he seems to be? Some coincidences we aren’t meant to understand. And some things aren’t coincidences. Written and directed by Kevin Shahinian, MATRYOSHKA was shot over six days on-location in Moscow and guest starts Evgeniy Volovenko and Olga Prikhodko. Inspired by true events. MATRYOSHKA, The Official Short will be released on our blog soon. We hope you enjoy the teaser and thanks for watching!

Shot with the Canon C100, 5D Mark III, and EOS L-Series lenses
Additional support gear by Zacuto.com, Cinevate.com, & Glidecam.com

In the mean time be sure to check out:
Megan & Narbeh’s concept movie “Sno”
Melissa & Samir’s epic Indian wedding concept trailer “City of Lakes”

We’ve been part of quite a few big surprises over the years, but few as dramatic as the surprise Tina and Pavan planned for family and friends in attendance of their stunning wedding reception at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans in the heart of the French Quarter. Sincere regret had set in almost immediately following Tina and Pavan’s beautiful wedding ceremony earlier in the year, when they opted not to have the event captured by a professional filmmaker. In the wake of some precious memories missed, Tina and Pavan set out to do things right with their reception; a second chance celebration to not only find the right videographer, but to discover the very best event filmmakers the industry has to offer, to commemorate their extravagant reception in the most stunning way possible. The evening was filled with many great highlights, from live music by a bollywood string quartet, to incredible floral arrangements by Elegant Affairs, and a sensational light display setup by The Road Show. Tina and Pavan’s big surprise to all in attendance was by far the most dramatic moment of the evening, which arrived in the form of a live musical performance by pop superstar Jay Sean, who performed a live set of all his greatest hits as an unforgettable kick-off to this dazzling celebration.

Shot with Canon HDSLRs and EOS L-Series lenses
Additional support gear by KesslerCrane.com, Cinevate.com, & Glidecam.com

Check out more South Asian wedding films by Pacific Pictures:
Pacific Pictures presents Monica & Shail’s South Asian wedding in Jamaica
Pacific Pictures presents Vish & Aalok’s South Asian wedding in Miami

It’s easy to see why New York natives Monica and Shail chose Jamaica as the backdrop for their gorgeous 3-day destination Indian wedding celebration. Of all the Caribbean islands, its one of the most beautiful, inviting, and fun; a perfect way to describe this fun loving couple and their families. Although at first glance you might assume Monica and Shail were selected straight from central casting, but these two aren’t actually movie stars (yet). When the two decided to leave their normal lives behind, gather family and friends, and embark on a destination wedding adventure in Jamaica, we were honored to take part and commemorate the festivities in very unique and cinematic ways.

Held at Half Moon in Montego Bay, Monica and Shail’s celebration was the perfect hybrid of a traditional Indian wedding with a lush, island paradise. From the bright, tropical color palette, to the groom’s baraat by motorboat, to the giving of the coconut picked straight from a local palm, to the wedding ceremony on the beach, even their priest, an Indian pandit, was a local of Jamaica. Perhaps none of these elements celebrated both the island destination and the traditions of a Hindu wedding more appropriately then the couples’ wedding garlands. Made from the beautiful, local tropical flowers that pepper the Jamaican landscape, these garlands, or “Jai Mala,” gave Monica and Shail a poignant way to welcome each other and their newly joined families, one of the first and most integral traditions to begin a Hindu wedding. Documenting the creation of Monica and Shail’s Jai Malas with local flowers gave us the opportunity to showcase the blending of location with tradition that their wedding did so well.

Shot with Canon HDSLRs and EOS L-Series lenses
Additional support gear by KesslerCrane.comCinevate.com, & Glidecam.com

Check out these Indian wedding films created by Pacific Pictures:
Pacific Pictures presents Sapna & Vijay’s destination wedding in Aruba
Pacific Pictures presents Ami & Sidd’s South Asian wedding in Laguna Niguel, CA

Depeka and Robin came to us as long-time fans of our work and a love of all things Bollywood. After a twelve-year courtship, Robin’s elaborate proposal even involved screening their favorite movie, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.” Although having settled in New York, Depeka’s ancestry traces back to Rajasthan and many members of her family continue to call Guyana home. One challenge for their wedding celebration was bringing together all of their friends and family spread between the east coast, South America and the Caribbean. When Depeka and Robin narrowed their search to South Florida, Depeka’s dream of combining her love of the beach with elements of a royal Hindu wedding held in a beautiful palace were slowly realized. The first time she saw The Breakers in Palm Beach, Depeka knew she had found her palace by the sea. Depeka and Robin’s sentimental nature and love of Bollywood cinema inspired their e-session, which we combined with their same-day-edit and screened to all in attendance the night of their reception. A very special thanks to makeup artist Susmita Patel, who did a great job with her cameo, and the staff at The Breakers Palm Beach.

Shot with Canon HDSLRs and EOS L-Series lenses
Additional support gear by KesslerCrane.com, Cinevate.com, & Glidecam.com

Check out these destination Hindu wedding films created by Pacific Pictures:
Pacific Pictures presents Sapna & Vijay’s Hindu wedding in Aruba
Pacific Pictures presents Monica & Shail’s Hindu wedding in Jamaica