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The Power of Focus

Focus is probably one of the biggest obstacles that the 5D encounters. So many of our colleagues have questions and wonder why it is absolutely essential to have a focus puller. They are the backbone of this amazing technology. Shooting with practical…

Canon 5D Still a Workhorse for Micro-Budget and Multi-Camera Shoots

The Canon 5D Mark II opened the floodgates to new and creative filmmaking three years ago and is still going strong today. They remain a reliable workhorse for many cinematic options, particularly micro-budget, multi-camera shoots.

Looking Inside the Canon1DC DSLR 4K Capture Project “The Ticket”

We have had an outpouring of positive feedback on Po Chan’s film “The Ticket.” Everyone at Hurlbut Visuals wanted to give you an inside look at how we used the power of this incredibly flexible, lightweight, DSLR platform, the A camera system that is the 1DC. It gives any filmmaker the ability to dream.

Leadership: Paramount for Filmmakers

All of you have been so gracious with your comments about how much I help all of you and make a difference, or changed your life in some way. This is a huge responsibility that I take very seriously. I need to set a great example. I need to do my very best, and I need to illustrate for all of you what it means to be a good leader.

Cinematography Education: Upcoming Events in NYC and Austin

As cinematographers, our storytelling camera tools change on a monthly basis, and trying to keep up with all of this is a daunting task. However, the two core tools of storytelling that never change are light and composition.

How A Strategic Team Makes You Shine

I am frequently asked how we get so many set ups in a day and how we stay on schedule and budget while shooting. The answer is my Elite Team. I am nothing without my team and they make me shine everyday.

Hurlblog Interview I: Dr. Scherle Shares the History of Zeiss and Sheds Light on the Future

Hurlbut Visuals is excited to introduce the Hurlbut Visuals Blog Interview Series.

"The Last 3 Minutes" Canon 5D 24p Firmware Shines

As the pressure from commercial production companies and the ad agencies started to inquire about needing 24p and that they could not deal with the rendering time of all the twixtor files, the 7D started to rise as the premium capture. That is when the aha moment happened for me. I thought, why is everyone asking for second best when the Canon 5D is king.

Diffusion for the Digital Age – Using Stockings

Using stockings to add a glow, a pearlescent quality, to transport you to a time period that had a sense of glamor, when movie stars were king.

Training Your Eye – Lighting for Cinematographers

Many say that the light meter is dead with digital. I disagree. It is the only tool that you have in your box that can measure what you love.

The Making of The Carnival Sequence from “The Last 3 Minutes”

Episode III “Carnival” was on Day two of our four day shooting schedule. This day was a very ambitious one because we had four company moves. We started at the ranch house location, moved to meadow location, then on to the main street location for the street fight.

Frieder Hochheim Hurlblog Interview Part 1 – The Growth and Innovation of Kino Flo

My dear friend Frieder Hochheim goes into the history of his innovative,...

13 Power iPhone Apps for Filmmakers

The past 3 years have been a very exciting time to be a filmmaker with the many changes in digital […]

Deadfall’s Camera Breakdown: Artistry Meets Organization

Prepping a movie is one of the most important tasks you have as a cinematographer. You can design the whole movie-organize, create, and schedule it in a way that is best for light.

Many Camera Formats Strike in Waiting for Lightning

Waiting for Lightning, a documentary about pro skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, began production in 2008. Over the course of those four years, the documentary would embrace the modern evolution of camera systems to complete the project.