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Today we wanted to share a creative film that we have been waiting to share since last year.

Last fall we had travelled to the french river to film Vina + Jey’s love story. After many days of googling for the right location, we found The Lodge at Pine Cove – it was the perfect spot, exactly what we had pictured. We then proceeded with the storyboard for the visuals that we wanted to film.

We spent two beautiful sunny days by the french river filming Vina & Jey re-live their proposal. Hope everyone enjoys their creative film that we presented at their reception last week.

Thank to you all the staff at The Lodge At Pine Cove for their hospitality and exquisite food.

•• UYIR •• Hamsa & Kartheep

What an entertaining weekend we had filming Hamsa + Kartheephan’s wedding. On thursday we shot their hindu ceremony at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts – a great venue to film in. it was a delightful spring morning that accompanied the beautiful ceremony.
Their reception had some of the most creative entertainment pieces that we’ve seen to date – a job well done by the bride + groom’s family and friends.
We shot alongside Impressions by Annuj and their team, its always great being around them – not to mention all the fun we have.
But what better way to tell you how great their wedding went than sharing their next day edit that we put together for their reception which took place at Markham Convention Centre.

” A Visual Trip” – Cinevate

This past christmas we had posted a visual travel film from a trip to sri lanka that i had taken with my family.
it was personal project of mine, something to hopefully foretell my love of documentary and travel filming.

well, it definitely has paid off because Cinevate had picked it to post it on their blog and do an interesting write-up. if you aren’t aware of who they are – they make some of the world’s best tools for filmmakers.

we couldn’t be happier, thank you Cinevate!

#cinevate #pyourvision #telegramfromsrilanka

you can read their full post here : http://www.cinevate.com/blog/telegram-from-sri-lanka-a-visual-trip/

° TELEGRAM FROM SRI LANKA ° ·· a visual travel film ··

this trip was long overdue for all of us who went on this trip, i migrated to canada when i was 3 and haven’t been back since. so my wife and i travelled back to our birth country, sri lanka, last year in 2012 for our late honeymoon and vacation. when we were planning the trip, everyone was telling me not film due to the recent end of civil war. it made it worse that i had a monopod because people would think that i was holding a “weapon” – that was not the case at all! but because of it, i refrained from shooting people just to be on the safe side – which i regret by the way.

my wife and i flew out mid april and our siblings joined us 2 weeks later and we met up in colombo before we headed out to experience the whole country. we visited galle face and stayed in a penthouse in wellawatta, colombo. the penthouse had 3 balconies the size of living rooms and we had a 360° of wellawatta. all 6 of us visited the colombo zoo, it was a real bad experience – all the animals were in such bad shape as you will see in some of the clips. they were starved and their environment was horrible. i hope that gets fixed soon.

we started off our journey with our travels to jaffna. the highways are fantastic – very clean and smooth. we rented a 9 person van with the driver who stayed and drove us around for 4 weeks out of the 5 weeks we stayed. on our way to jaffna we stopped at vavuniya, where my dad is from, and had a bite to eat a local food stall – what an experience. our napkins and plates were old newspapers but we quickly adjusted to it. after our brief stop we continued on our way to jaffna but we had a military check up before crossing into it – everything was smooth. we stayed in achuveli where my uncle lives with his life as a small farmer. this village made us recognize how much all the small things matter – like every second day is when they get electricity in the evening. i got help my uncle bring the goats home from his farm after they got to roam around and eat – he raises them and sells them for income.

we spent 3-4 days there and continued on our way to nuwara eliya, where we found a house online. it had a fireplace, that was definitely a must as it was a cold there. did some small shopping and checked out the tea estates. we quickly made our way to our next stop to kandy but this time we took the train and met our driver at the kandy train stop. this was a beautiful experience – anyone who visits sri lanka should make this trip on the train.

our next lodging in kandy was also an online find – it was on trek to the top of a mountain – took 30mins to drive up the hill every time. this spot was perfect for some timelapses. we had a cook come with the lodge – he was fantastic – made some awesome authentic sri lankan cuisine. our rooms had some mesmerizing views. one of our favourite spots in kandy was the pinnawala elephant orphanage – such an eye opening experience. baby elephants play fighting, the trainers bathing them… all up close.

we then make our way over to my birth city, trincomalee. this time we ended up choosing a resort along the nilaveli beach area. since it was a new resort – we ended up being the only ones there and had the whole resort to ourselves. one day we decided to go out on a boat and visit the coral reefs and experience some local fishing – at some spots it looked like the fishermen were walking on water. i got to visit the temple where my mother and father got married, koneswara temple.

our last stop was to yala – i and my wife decided to stay at a small beach side lodge. our room was a hut made out of clay and had a beautiful view. the next morning we visited yala national park, it is known for cheetah’s but unfortunately we did not get to see one but we did encounter gators, buffalos and elephants.

this trip was definitely an unforgettable one and i hope it gives justice to this travel film.

wishing everyone a warm and safe holiday from p-your vision.

Canon 60D
Manfrotto 561B monopod
Cinevate FLT
Tokina 11-16
Nikkor 50mm, 85mm and 135mm

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