Reality is…?

What is real? And what is hocus pocus (otherwise known in the video world as special effects)? The graphics department here at Crystal Pix was recently challenged with creating a video to sell a concept before it existed in reality. The concept: mall kiosks displaying  full motion graphic advertisements and an interactive map; the reality: [...]

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Homegrown in New York State

Wow, what a day! It was July 30th, 2013 and we had the great pleasure of shooting a commercial for the NY Apple Association featuring soccer superstar Abby Wambach. The theme of the spot was “homegrown in New York State”; perfect for NY apples and for the Rochester, NY native. The spot features several kids [...]

and the Emmy® goes to…

…Signs of the Time for Best Documentary at the 56th Annual New York Emmy® Awards gala held on Sunday, April 14th in New York City. In a night full of glitz and glamour, we settled in to enjoy the evening with hopes running high, but with determination to savor the moment regardless of the outcome. [...]

Arts and Crafts Project

A helmet cam rig built for an upcoming shoot where the shot needs to be from the point-of-view of the actor.  The shot also requires the actor to use his hands to interact with the shot.     The inspiration for this rig came from the following video.

Upstate New York production in the RED …and that’s a good thing!

Taking advantage of a high-resolution digital cinema workflow doesn’t mean you have to travel far.  In Upstate New York, just outside of Rochester, locally owned Crystal Pix has made significant investments to upgrade its camera and post-finishing gear that provide optimal lens to final master solutions for 4K RED RAW productions. RED cameras have quickly [...]

6 New York Emmy® Award Nominations

The Crystal Pix produced documentary Signs of the Time has been nominated for 6 New York State Emmy® Awards! Nominations were announced on February 6 ,2013. Crystal Pix is very excited that Signs of the Time has been nominated in the following categories: Documentary Director: Post-Production Writer: Program Photographer: Program Editor: Program Musical Composition/Arrangement The [...]

Pink Glove Dance Music Video

Crystal Pix Helps Fairport Baptist Homes Spread Breast Cancer Awareness October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and in honor of that Crystal Pix worked with the Fairport Baptist Homes to create a Pink Glove Dance for the annual contest sponsored by Medline. Residents, employees and volunteers of Fairport Baptist Homes as well as many people [...]

Sound Designing the Addys

“Extraordinary starts from nothing, and takes everything.” What does nothing sound like? What does extraordinary sound like? Wouldn’t it be cool to write the music using only the dialogue from the script? When Crystal Pix producer/director Don Casper approached me about creating a custom music track for the opening video to the 2012 Addy Awards these [...]

Widescreen like you’ve never seen it before.

Back in the day, there was 4×3, then HD came along with 16×9 widescreen for home entertainment, of course there was always Cinemascope widescreen used in theaters to showcase panaoramic shots used in many spaghetti westerns… But for the Addy Awards presentation in 2012, Crystal Pix teamed up with the creative minds at StormFrog to [...]

Signs of the Time To Be Broadcast Across The Country

Signs of the Time makes its North American broadcast premiere starting this spring on public television stations across the country. Produced in high-definition by Crystal Pix, Inc. of Fairport, New York, the film has enjoyed critical acclaim at film festivals across North America and has received “Best Documentary” awards five times. Signs of the Time [...]