1. Ninety

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    from John Christopher / Added

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    Ninety chronicles the life of Paul Frederick Pickmann, a modern day Renaissance man who spends his early life in Paris, studying acting and has aspirations of becoming famous in Hollywood. But, WWII interrupts his plans and he finds himself imprisoned in a German prison camp.

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    • Nature Weeps

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      from Paul Frederick / Added

      1,421 Plays / / 24 Comments

      Dedicated to all those we lost in Newtown, CT on December 14th, 2012. This video uses a haunting song written by Hans Zimmer called "Aurora" that he created for the victims of the shooting at a movie theater in Colorado this past summer. When will it all end?

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      • Quest for the Magic Light

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        from Paul Frederick / Added

        7,644 Plays / / 44 Comments

        It's all about the light! Photography and videography are, by their very nature, dependent on light hitting the sensor of the camera. That light can be soft and muted or bold and vibrant. I found both kinds while out shooting this years autumn colors in Northern New York. It was a spectacular year (2012), with many bold reds mixed in among the yellow and orange hues. Most of these clips are again from the Adirondack Mountain region of far upstate New York. While I think you can't beat bright blue skies and sunshine for the best Autumn shooting, I did go out on some misty, rainy days and found the light to be quite spectacular as well, but just in a different sort of way. I've included both in this video, which features the music of Tim McMorris ("Translation"). His work can be found on AudioJungle.net. I just recently learned of this site and find the licensing fees to be priced right and plan to use more from there in the near future. FInally I used the Canon 7D and my Sony XDCAM EX1 for the cameras, and my cobracrane jib and Konova slider for the moves.

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        • Hannah's Hope Fund 2012

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          from Paul Frederick / Added

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          Hannah’s Hope Fund is an organization some very dear friends of mine started when they discovered their daughter Hannah had a very rare, neurological disorder. I made a video for them right after they learned of it and this is the follow up four years after. What they have done is nothing short of a miracle. I really wanted to accomplish two things with this video, first, let people know what these ordinary people were able to achieve in just four years and two, help them raise awareness and ultimately…money. I’ve often times wondered if I could have managed what they have done if put in the same circumstances. We all say we will do anything for our kids, but to actually go out and not only raise 3 million dollars, but sit on the doorsteps of finding a cure in such a short time, is well…mind boggling! Please take some time to watch this incredible success story! Visit www.hannahshopefund.org if you would like to help them out.

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          • Summoning of the Muse

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            from Paul Frederick / Added

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            Here's a collection of recent clips edited to the song "Summoning of the Muse" by Dead Can Dance. I always liked the song and wanted to cut something to it! Alot of these clips are shot in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York, but some are done in the nearby state of Vermont! The covered bridges and old barn are from there. Actually one of the covered bridges shots (the low angle by the water around 2:10 in) has a "happy accident" happen, in the middle of my slider move, a little butterfly comes in and lands right in a pool of sunlight! As if it wanted to be in the shot! I couldn't have coordinated that to happen in a 100 tries! Sometimes, luck makes it happen for you! Anyway, not much of a storyline to this video, just some clips I like edited to a song I like! Not sure what the words to the song are or mean, but I like the "epic" feel to the music. It is of course available on iTunes.

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            • Demo Reel 2012

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              from Paul Frederick / Added

              2,677 Plays / / 38 Comments

              I decided to do a Demo reel of some of my work. Some of the images have been seen in a few of my other videos, but are presented here as well. I'm starting a new blog/website at pfproductions.wordpress.com, this will eventually be linked to my other domain names HDadirondacks.com and paulfrederickproductions.com. Its still a work in progress but I hope to have this as a "sticky" video that is always on the home page ready to play. The music is from Corner Stone Cues. Its actually the theme from "Requiem for a Dream", but they did it up differently and is called "Requiem for a Tower" Mvt. II, Mvt III and Mvt IV. I did some editing to the music and changed the order etc...I think it was used in the Lord of the Rings trailer for "The Two Towers" hence the name! They are available on iTunes of course!

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              • Return to Moose Pond

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                from Paul Frederick / Added

                30.7K Plays / / 192 Comments

                I usually do non-narrative short films. This one is different! My wife, son and I love to go wilderness camping. Where you canoe in with a tent, food and all you need to a remote site. The last several years we have not found the time to go, however our son is getting older and soon won't be able to go with us, so we made sure to get away this summer. It was a special trip and one that I felt needed some narration to explain how I was feeling about it all. Most of the music is by a friend of mine, Scott B. Adams from the CD "Listening to the Adirondacks". Check him out on iTunes! I hope you enjoy what is surely my most personal film to date. On the technical side, I used a SONY EX1 and a Canon 7D along with a Konova slider. Only had room in the canoe for a real junky tripod, hence not much panning or tilting! I shot the 7D footage with the Technicolor cinestyle preset and graded with Magic Bullet Looks. Let me know what you think of this departure from my normal videos.

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                • Technicolor Dreams

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                  from Paul Frederick / Added

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                  This is a video I made to test the Technicolor Cinestyle preset for my Canon 7D. It basically is a free download for Canon DSLRs that greatly opens up the shadow areas of the image. The picture as shot will look very washed out, (MANY examples of uncorrected technicolor cine footage on VIMEO) so it needs to be color corrected in post production to dial in the correct black and white and color saturation settings. But once you do.....WOW! It adds more dynamic range to the image, and it doesn't have that DSLR, super contrasted look as much. I also feel the moire is reduced quite a bit! To really test things out, I shot what I consider a contrast range torture test! A mountain stream on a bright sunny day, with lots of dappled light. Bright, bright highlights and deep, dark shadows! I then transcoded all the footage into ProRes LT, imported and edited in Final Cut Pro and then used Magic Bullet Looks to color grade all the shots. Basically I used lift/gamma/gain and then color saturation. I did not use curves as I found it crushed the blacks and blew out the whites a bit too much. Actually I had issues getting the LUT (Look up table) Technicolor supplies to load into Magic Bullet Look Up Buddy (I think my system- a G5 PPC-is too old to properly use it!). I felt using Lift/gamma/gain gave me the best tonal gradations anyway, especially for nature subjects where a real cine tone isn't as needed. I mostly used my Tamron lenses. My trusty 17-55 F2.8 and the super zoom 18-270 F3.5-6.3. Kept shutter speed at 60 at all times, using ND filters when needed to expose properly. Remember, this is shot using Technicolor cinestyle, but then color corrected in post. Your footage MUST be worked on after you shoot it, it does not look like this out of the camera. It amounts to alot more work in post production, is it worth it? I think so! I found this to make the 7D footage look quite stunning, especially considering what I usually get shooting such a contrasty subject. Music is from Stock20.com, an excellent source for buyout music. Enjoy!

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                  • Nature's Serenity

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                    from Paul Frederick / Added

                    9,470 Plays / / 54 Comments

                    It's a wonderful time of year. Birds are chirping and the air is fresh and clean in the mountains! I find it very serene and peaceful. This is a collection of images I have shot in the past few weeks in Upstate New York here in the US. It's my first attempt at presenting a video in a panavison, or cinemascope widescreen format! The 2.35 aspect ratio works well for these shots, especially in HD on a BIG screen. I used my Sony EX1 and also a Canon 7D camera. Lenses used were my Tamron 17-55mm 2.8, and the 28-135mm kit lens. Enjoy and I hope the wide format is OK with everyone, it really is fun to compose for it! It's much more epic this way! Let me know what you think.

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                    • Ashes to Ashes

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                      from Paul Frederick / Added

                      3,223 Plays / / 45 Comments

                      This is a collection of images I recently shot with the Canon 7D. I always try and make a short have some kind of storyline or meaning. This one isn't so clear as some of my others! I guess it's up to you to interpret what it means or is about. The title refers to the saying "ashes to ashes and dust to dust" which is said at funerals. The imagery of cemeteries sort of works in that context, as does the falling snow which looks like it could be ashes. Let me know what you think! The matched dissolves to autumn where all done manually by eye, just returned to the same spot months later and put the slider in the same spot, framed similarly (no reference to the other shots on hand) and shot away. It actually wasn't until I returned to the edit suite that I realized they matched pretty close!

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