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Kevin Shahinian is an award-winning
filmmaker, graduate of the USC School
of Cinematic Arts and founder of Pacific Pictures, a boutique film production company based in Los Angeles
that produces live event, corporate
and original concept films for clients
around the world. His groundbreaking work has been featured in print by
EventDV, HD Video Pro, Videography
and American Photo magazines among
others, and has led to corporate part-
nerships with companies like Canon,
Adobe, Zacuto, Kessler and Cinevate.
Shahinian was featured on Zacuto’s
“Filmfellas” original web series and
has been voted one of EventDV’s
“Top 25” most influential event filmmakers in the world numerous times.
He has been a featured speaker at ed-
ucational events around the country
and continues to attract international
attention for his work.
What are your tips for those trying to incorporate video into their
Start by keeping it simple. Before anything else, work to understand the language of film
and use that understanding to master the building blocks of cinematic storytelling—the
basic filmmaking conventions that have stood the test of time. Watch your favorite movies with the sound turned off and experiment with storyboards to develop an eye for shot
composition, “mise-en-scene” (visual themes) and sequencing. Once you’ve firmly grasped
these essentials, slowly add progressive layers as you craft your own films; experiment with
more complex shot compositions, lighting setups, camera movements and sound design,
to understand how each layer works to convey information and add deeper meaning to
What’s one thing you’ve learned in the filmmaking business that
has stuck with you?
The surest way to separate yourself from your competition and build a powerful, long-last-ing niche is to honor every opportunity you’re given to share your point of view as an artist.
Find inspiration from within by channeling
your expertise, life experience and aesthetic
sensibilities to establish a voice and develop
a signature filmmaking style.
Course: “Concept Filmmaking, ” Monday,
March 3, 4:00 p.m.-5: 30 p.m.
Overview: This class is designed to give students inspiration and exploration into the
genre of conceptual wedding day storytelling.