A New Home For the Holidays

Crystal Pix is moving to a new home for the holidays. All the same great menu options that you’ve come to know and love, in a different building. We’ve relocated our talents to 84 South Main Street in Fairport. It’s a quick jog to the other side of the canal. We hear it’s a little [...]

Teen Film Camp

Congrats to Brian Bailey, Linda Moroney and Allison Weise for bringing the inaugural Rochester Teen Film Camp to life last week at Nazareth College.  I was proud to be a small part of it by providing a seminar on the art/process of editing and working with each group to critique rough cuts. Click here to [...]

The Definition of “High Definition”

Okay, so when you’re in the film/video business, there’s always been a lot of talk about formats … 35mm, Super16, HDCam, XDCam, Digital Beta, DVCPro and blah, blah, blah … But nowadays, HD is the buzzword that is pretty much on everyone’s mind. On the shoot or in the edit the question is always, “Is [...]

Connecting The Dots

Shared Connections 2D tracking is a process which analyzes video in order to follow (track) objects on screen. The process can be used to hide, remove, or even add objects to a shot that were not originally in the composition. The objects appear to be locked to the environment while the camera moves. Shared Connections [...]

Restoring a Masterpiece

Airing tonight on WXXI Public Broadcasting is the world premiere of Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre. Crystal Pix was the post-production facility for this one hour original documentary narrated by Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and co-produced by WXXI and Eastman School of Music. Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman [...]

Exploring a Paychex MicroSite

Recently, Paychex came to us with an idea for a video that needed to play within a new microsite that they were launching.  Actually, it was 3 videos, 2 of which needed to play simultaneously. The first video was a short introduction video that required 1 shot only … a man in a chair sitting [...]

The Sky’s the Limit!

In this age of airport and airline security, it can be difficult to gain the full access you need to shoot a product video on an airplane with all the crew, equipment, lighting, talent, extras and props that you need.  So what do you do in that scenario?  You create the interior of a 737 [...]

EGG-tastic!

In support of the re-branding of the 360|365 George Eastman House Film Festival and inspired by the ad campaign by Partners and Napier, Crystal Pix set out to create memorable trailers to be screened at the front of each film that would promote the festival and work off the concept of the Egg and “Film [...]

Pie In The Face

For all you filmmakers out there… here’s the newest short film contest from the folks at the newly-named 360|365 Film Festival here in Rochester, NY. We helped put together this promotional video to announce the theme. Can’t wait to see what entries get sent in for this one!!! See all the entries at: http://www.youtube.com/360365shorts#p/c/D00028754991CD04

World Class Film Festival with a Small Town Charm

They definitely know how to do it right at the Rome International Film Festival, about an hour and a half outside of Atlanta.  Jim Hughes and I spent two wonderful days getting to know the people and the rich history of Rome, GA, a vibrant small city in the middle of several colleges in the [...]