Happy Father's Day from ShadowShine Pictures!

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Happy Father's Day from ShadowShine Pictures!

Dads come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Literally! Some are tech nerds, some our sports fanatics, some are basically clowns, and some are simply put our best friends. But no matter the type of dad we each have, biological or adopted, or discovered, our dads have been our hero's from day one. Whether it was tossing the ball around with us in the backyard, teaching us how to build our first working train set in the basement, comforting us after our first breakup, teaching us how to shave, helping act interested when we were picking out our dress for the first school dance, or simply being that shoulder to lean on whenever things got tough: our dads have been there, always.

We can all probably admit we don't call home enough, or show our best side to him as often as we should, but the dads in our lives never stop loving us. They continuously point us towards the path of truth, being a good person, and working with everything we have in us to make this world a better place - even if it's just one bad dad joke at a time. So this Father's day remember to celebrate the man in your life that gets to wear the title "dad" honorably.

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Paige + Noah: Lake Michigan Engagement

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Paige + Noah: Lake Michigan Engagement

I met Paige a few years back just before her and I set off with a group to Zambia, Africa on a relief and documentary trip. Luckily for us a nice long layer over in London, England and what seemed like an unfathomable amount of time on the various plane rides provided us with plenty of time to get to know each other. Instantly I knew that this was a bright, generously kind, and outright hilariously funny girl that would one day meet a man just as equally wonderful to match.

Enter Noah. It wasn't long after we got back to the states that I started hearing Paige talk about him and there wasn't a question in my mind that she was smitten with him. Over the next year or so after that, through some trying and growing adventures shared between the two of them, Noah and Paige started dating and honestly I could not have pegged a better match for her. Noah's carefree lightheartedness was only surpassed by his compassionate demeanor and it was evident in every look and every smile he had around her that his heart was Paige's and her's alone.

Getting to watch these two grow together as a collective unit, ready to set out and change the world, has been incredible and altogether a blessing for all of their friends and family. These photos just begin to scratch the surface of how much fun, love, and joy is shared between these two for the other, and that is the honest to God-truth.

-Matthew

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Kristen + Chris: The Groeneveld Wedding Trailer

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Kristen + Chris: The Groeneveld Wedding Trailer

Sometimes (read a lot of times) we have to remind ourselves on wedding days that we are not dreaming, that the drop dead gorgeous and graciously sweet couple we are filming and sharing the day with is truly this amazing, that the backdrop to their beautiful day is real and that we're not off in some fairytale land, and that the love we are getting to witness is true, unfailing, and pure on every conceivable level possible. And that literally sums up Kristen + Chris's day!

We can't help but get caught up in all those feelings and moments every time we look through their wedding photos and films - and without question we can't help but stop grinning ear to ear! Kristen + Chris got married at the breathtaking, rolling grounds of Pine Knob Carriage House and believe us when we say that wasn't even the most magical part of the day. Every time we turned around Kristen was just glowing, Chris couldn't stop smiling, and we had the hardest time trying to keep from swooning over the two of them the whole day.

Their wedding was no doubt one of the fairytale weddings you pray for and we are so thankful to these two for letting us share in their day, celebrate their love with them, their family, and their friends, and for reminding us again why we love doing what we do for a living. Take a minute and spoil yourself with some breathtaking veil magic, flowing ivy walls, dazzling wedding dresses, and dreamy couple moments in Kristen + Chris' wedding trailer!

Photographer: EJ Dowd

Florist: Memorable Creations by Bonnie

Hair and Makeup: Ashlee Ann on location hair & make-up

DJ: Ultimate Sounds Entertainment Group

Wedding Cake: Holiday Market

Catering & Bar: Pine Knob Carriage House

Wedding Dress: Nancy's Bridal

Venue: Pine Knob Carriage House

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Making Dollars and Sense at the Box Office: Weekend Nineteen

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Making Dollars and Sense at the Box Office: Weekend Nineteen

The galaxy was guarded once again this weekend while Arthur’s sword got stuck in the stone and Amy Schumer didn’t snatch up as much as she probably hoped. I don’t think anyone is surprised that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 took the top spot again this week, with a $65 million haul that left everything else in another galaxy by over $45 million. But enough about Guardians (I could talk about it all day); let’s look at the movies it totally destroyed at the box office.

Snatched took the number two spot with just under $20 million, but the reviews were as lukewarm as a margarita left in the sun for two hours. It was written by Katie Dippold of The Heat and Parks and Rec fame, and directed by Jonathan Levine, who gave us the excellent 50/50 and a few other lesser-quality flicks, so one might hope this movie would be better than it is. Granted, the premise alone isn’t funny at all (a mother-daughter pair get kidnapped in South America when they’re no longer in the safe United States of White People) and Amy Schumer really can’t hold her own in a comedy like this that lacks the heart of Trainwreck (and likely Apatow’s directing, too) when her “I’m not attractive, look how ugly I am and also I like drinking” schtick runs dry after 30 seconds.

In a world where lady-led comedies are finally on the rise (because women are funny, in case you’re stuck in the past and didn’t know this), it’s a shame that we still have to sift through stuff like this instead of snatching it away before it hits theaters.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword took the third spot with just over $15 million and similarly lukewarm reviews as Snatched, with critics calling it fast and weird and nonsensical. Not to mention that it’s a fool’s errand to try to dethrone a movie as good and widely appealing as Guardians with an experimental medieval action film the week after Baby Groot swooped in and made the Mouse a heap of money. Now personally, I live for ridiculous fantasy movies, so I’ll definitely be seeing King Arthur and I’ll probably love it far more than I’ll admit in public, but it’s obvious that Guardians draws in more people and will continue to do so in the coming weeks.

Speaking of which, let’s look ahead to this weekend!

Everything, Everything comes out to milk money out of the Fault in Our Stars teenage crowd, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will draw families and repel everyone else, and Alien: Covenant will either revive a well-loved franchise or disappoint millions.

But unfortunately, we won’t be covering any of it, as this is the final entry in our Making Dollars and Sense series before we put it to bed for a very long nap. It’s been a fun journey for the past year. We’ve grown a lot, both as creators and consumers of film, and we want to thank every one of you who followed this series for so long. Keep an eye out for all of the exciting things we’ve got planned in the future, because there are plenty!

And one more thing: just because we’re putting this series to rest doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing movies every weekend, and the same should go for you too. Movies are important for an abundance of reasons, including but not limited to: an escapist break from the world’s problems, a way to express thoughts and feelings that we otherwise cannot through any other means, and perhaps most importantly, as a mirror for the world we live in, a platform to include the oppressed and invisible until they are no longer seen as “the other,” to stand for something good and right, and a way to bring new ideas into the minds and hearts of all who view them, using rapid images and light to plant the seeds of change for a better world. So take a risk and go see movies you don’t think you’d ever see – it could change your life!

From all of us here at ShadowShine, thanks again for watching, and this has been Making Dollars and Sense at the Box Office!

-Adam Stutsman

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Happy Mother's Day from ShadowShine!

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Happy Mother's Day from ShadowShine!

If we are being honest our moms are basically superheros, so we thought we'd give an extra special gift this year in our latest team film, dedicated soley to these amazing women on Mother's Day!

They gave us life, they raised us, they struck fear in us when necessary, and overflowing joy more often than not. They've always been there as a warm embrace ready to make all our problems go away, and they are always just a phone call away when we've had a less than amazing day. Our mothers may all look different both internally and externally, but they all have one thing in common: they love us unconditionally. 

We each, every single person around this world, are better because of the mothers in our lives. Whether by birth or nurture they are the women who have shaped us into who we are today and continue to teach us what it is to be compassionate, driven, and a good person all ways round. We'll never be able to fully thank them for all that they have done for us, all that they have poured into our lives, or all of the many phone calls we should have made but that they forgive us for nonetheless.

This weekend make sure to join us in wishing each of our moms the very happiest of Mother's Days!

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Cornerstone University: 2017 Commencement Commercial Video Series

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Cornerstone University: 2017 Commencement Commercial Video Series

Every year, we get excited for one of our largest corporate cinematography pieces, the Cornerstone University Commencement Series where we have the privilege of showcasing a few of these unique and weaving colorful stories that make up CU's students. People of varying ages and walks of life, seemingly so different, but united under a hunger for knowledge and a search for a deeper understanding of our Creator. It is a converging of many distinct stories. Different walks of life and experiences meeting and cooperating to reach a goal together that is both individual and collective: Commencement. This is a time of celebration and reflection, but it also serves as a checkpoint, a chapter change in a larger narrative of lives.

These are just a small sampling of the students and lives that have been changed by the community and experience here and we are so excited to see where each of these nine students' journeys take them in their continuing adventure. 

From everyone here at ShadowShine Pictures, congratulations and best of luck to the 2017 Cornerstone University graduates!

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Making Dollars and Sense at the Box Office: Weekend Seventeen

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Making Dollars and Sense at the Box Office: Weekend Seventeen

It was a little less furious and a lot more subdued this weekend in theatres as audiences continued to throw their money at ticket booths just trying to pass the time until this coming weekend when the real summer fun gets here – but more on that later. This weekend at the Box Office however was overall relativity so-so and the films with the best performances were the ones with the most meager of star power and theatre count.

Taking the top of the Box Office for a third weekend in a row was Universal’s The Fate of the Furious which pulled in an additional $19.9 million this weekend, bringing it overall worldwide cume to over $1 billion. That’s sweet tire squealing music to Universal’s ears as that makes it the 5th film from the studio to cross the billion-dollar threshold.

Coming in second this weekend was Lionsgate and Pantelion’s How to Be a Latin Lover, which despite only opening in just over 1,100 theaters, took home an impressive $12.3 million dollars domestically and scored a spicy “A+” on Cinemascore from opening day audiences. For me it is so awesome to see this film from Ken Marino receive such support from the Hispanic community whom made up 89% of the audience this weekend. No the movie isn’t going to shatter any glass ceilings or snag any awards or honors, but I’m hoping this film will be an encouragement to other filmmakers to continue telling their stories on the big screen that are reflective and authentic to their cultural upbringing and background. 

And speaking of just that, taking third this weekend was Great India Films, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which came out of nowhere with a weekend haul of $10.4 million from only 425 theatres! While a $24,000 per theater average isn’t the best average of all time it is quite notable for a film this time of year and the fact that this film, a largely unheard of sequel follow up to Blue Sky Cinema’s 2015 first chapter, topped a poorly conceptualized, weakly written film starring Tom Hanks does prove to me that maybe the American masses are waking up and realizing that substance and story trumps name notability.

And bringing this weekend’s recap full circle then, we find our second nationwide release newcomer, The Circle ringing in at spot number 5 this weekend with $9 million dollars. Overall while this film had the premise to bring audiences something eerily familiar to our current technological-centered and monitored world, while still alluding to a far more alarming possible near-future, the film didn’t close the loop and instead brought us unimagined characters and a satire so lacking in innovation that The Circle feels like it’s more from the stone-age of storytelling than the glossy computer-screen age it so tries to warn us against fully buying into.

But despite a weekend so boring that I almost want to shoot myself in the foot just so I have something to talk about, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premieres this weekend in over 4,000 theatres.

It’s the name to beat this weekend and looks like it’s going to be just as wild a ride as the original Guardians which premiered in August of 2014. Fans and comic book nerds the world over are going to be coming out in droves this weekend to see Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax all hitting the big screen again in this summer’s first blockbuster which is sure to set the tone for what I can only hope and pray for is an awesome summer of fantastic movies in theaters.

The film is posed to crack over $150 million opening weekend which would make it the first film of 2017 to surpass the $100 million bench marker opening weekend. I’d put my money on Disney taking home bank after this Sunday given that the film just premiered this past weekend in over 58% of the international markets and cumulatively scored $101.2 million. Whether or not it hits the $150 prediction Guardians is going to be taking the Galaxy on a hilarious, classic rock filled, cosmic trip that is sure to get us all laughing and pumped for all the excitement and energy this summer has in store for us!

-Matthew Miller

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