FootageHub Brand Spotlight Q & A

Interview with Paul Frederick Productions


Q: When did you begin shooting? A: I've been shooting stock footage for 9 years now, ever since starting my own business. I live near the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, a six million acre forest preserve that features every kind of natural beauty imaginable! Mountain vistas, waterfalls, and unspoiled wilderness for as far as the eye can see in some places. To "get away from it all", I would head into the mountains and shoot scenics. I then would make regional nature videos with the footage, which ran on PBS around the state and sold in local shops. I soon realized another possible revenue stream was to sell the footage as stock. So in 2001 I contacted Artbeats and here we are!

Q: What is your favorite subject to shoot? A: Nature is what I love to shoot. I'm drawn to water in nature, mostly rivers, streams, and waterfalls, in all seasons. I drag my wife and son with me a lot, so they are in some of the clips too, enjoying nature!

Q: Which camera(s) do you prefer for shooting stock footage? A: I started using DV cams and have progressed as technology has advanced. I now use the Sony EX1 and most recently a Canon 7D HDSLR. The 7D is very lightweight and portable. Many locations involve hiking or canoeing so traveling light is key. These cameras allow you to get into some very remote locations without having to carry outrageous equipment loads. Many times I have to carry my food, water and camping gear too!

Q: What's your favorite clip that you currently have represented in the Artbeats FootageHub? A: I have 2 shots that are my favorites. Clip PF-FH101-37 is an island in the rising mist of a remote pond. I shot it at 5am one morning while camping. In late summer the water is warmer than the air in the early morning, and a mist will rise for only about 20-30 minutes. It can be a magical time, and the island against the dark trees behind it gave the mist a nice contrast. It's one of those shots that is made for stock footage. It was moment captured in time that would be difficult to get again without significant effort!

The other is clip PF-FH102-95. It represents what is possible with the advances in technology. I used a lightweight slider (portable 3-foot dolly) and my EX1. Hiking along a small stream in fall revealed this lovely little cascade. Looking around, I found a ledge that I could level the dolly and make a nice camera move to enhance the scene. Only with a small HD camera and this portable slider could one person get this type of shot all on their own. What wonderful times we live in!

Q: What advice can you give to shooters who are just getting started in the stock footage industry? A: For me it really helps shooting stock footage by being an editor as well. I'm a one-man production facility! I shoot and edit corporate videos, commercials and TV shows for Public broadcasting. As such, I know what types of shots work well for stock clips. I try to shoot a static scene, then move the camera (pan, tilt, dolly etc.) and then hold static to finish the shot. This gives an editor three shot choices, the two static shots at each end or the move. Finally, shoot what you love most! The passion you feel for your subject can come through in the finished video in intangible ways. When you look at a painting, you can feel what the artist was feeling or the message they were trying to send, just by looking at it. The same can be said about stock footage if it's done with passion when it's shot!

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About Paul Frederick Productions:

Paul Frederick has been involved in television production for nearly 20 years. As an employee of Mountain Lake PBS, Paul learned all aspects of production, from studio lighting, audio, and live directing, to producing live events and documentaries. While at the station he was videographer and editor on several national public television programs such as Voices of Scotland and Reach for the Sky, and as Producer/Videographer/Editor on A Song for Sisters.

Videography and editing became a passion in those early years, garnering numerous awards, including a regional Emmy Nomination for outstanding camera in a documentary for Mountain Lake Serenade.

In 2001, Paul struck out on his own and established Paul Frederick Productions. A small independent company that still specializes in all areas of production, from program creation to corporate and commercial work as well as camera operator for live sporting events. With a strong belief in the ideology of public television, Paul has continued his work in documentaries through WMHT, the PBS affiliate in Troy, NY. His credits for the station include serving as Producer/Videographer/Editor on several national programs such as Hudson River Journeys, Seneca Ray Stoddard: An American Original, and Legacy In Stone.

Other public television programs co-produced with John Campbell of Campbell Media Group include Enter The Haggis: Live At Lannigan's Ball (A Celtic rock concert program for broadcast and DVD), The Hidden Adirondacks (an 8 episode travel program) and America's Team: Being A US Air Force Thunderbird.

When time allows Paul enjoys taking his cameras into the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York. Here he has amassed the largest collection of Adirondack scenic footage in existence. Hundreds of hours of standard and high definition footage has been used in his productions of Adirondack Visions and Adirondack Wild, as well as sold as stock footage on

Paul Frederick Productions is based in West Chazy, NY.