A People Person

Over the years being in this business, I’ve been forced to become a ‘people person’, which I never thought I would become.  Growing up, I was a relatively shy person. But you know, I’ve met so many people on productions, from all different walks of life and it’s really one of the reasons that I [...]

Rochester High Falls International Film Festival

Back in May, our first independent feature documentary, Signs of the Time,  played at the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (www.rochestermoviefest.com). It was a very interesting and eye-opening experience for me. First of all, it was great to showcase our film in my hometown of Rochester, NY. But secondly, the theme of the film [...]

The Crystal Pix Diner – Part 1 of 4

It began something like this… When we initially posted the most recent version of the Crystal Pix website we knew we wanted to do something a little more interesting with the “Our People” section. We needed an entertaining way to show the various personalities and backgrounds of the people at Crystal Pix. Our work isn’t [...]

The Crystal Pix Diner – Part 2 of 4

Shooting Day! … Awesome! At this point we’ve figured out who our characters are, and where they’re going to stand. With camera, coffee, and MacBook Pro in tow we headed on over to Carol Cieslinski’s studio, Powerhouse27. Ray set out early that morning to get the lights set up with shooting partner, Eric McMaster (McMaster [...]

The Crystal Pix Diner – Part 3 of 4

Part 3 – Post Production This is where the real magic happens in every project, the spit and polish! We have our 14 photographs (2 for each character) selected and everyone’s agreed that they are acceptable representations of their likeness.  This part of the process was surprisingly easy.  Thankfully we’ve got a talented group of [...]

The Crystal Pix Diner – Part 4 of 4

The home stretch… When it comes to working in the Flash environment you realize quickly how important the pre-production process is. It’s when you start importing your assets and working out your programming that you find out if the whole thing’s gonna fly. Having a plan for what’s going to happen when you mouse over [...]

Final Cut Pro to Avid DS HD Upconvert Conform – The Project

Awhile ago I had a workflow challenge to overcome and thought I would share my experience on it for anyone else who might be doing something similar. I was setting out to create an HD Master of a independent film that was shot here in Rochester called Smoking Laws. You can see a trailer online [...]

Final Cut Pro to Avid DS HD Upconvert Conform – STEP 1 of 3

You may ask yourself…why not import the EDL from Final Cut into an HD sequence, then upconvert ALL the raw footage to HD, then conform?  Well that would have been the easiest way, but we’re talking about ALOT O FOOTAGE!  I don’t remember exactly how much footage but over 40 hours of raws would be [...]

Final Cut Pro to Avid DS HD Upconvert Conform – STEP 2 of 3

STEP 2 TASK: Archive all DV Media with handles out to a single Dbeta Tape, send out for HDCAM upconvert, then regrab into an HD timeline. Avid DS has a nice feature built into it for archiving projects. Once a project is complete and you have footage loaded from multiple tapes… You can create an [...]

Final Cut Pro to Avid DS HD Upconvert Conform – STEP 3 of 3

STEP 3 TASK: Now that I had a new EDL matching my SD archive tape, it was time to put together my HD sequence. After testing this process a number of times with my SD archive tape, I sent the tape out for upconverting.  I specified to the lab that I wanted the timecode to [...]