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Kitting Out Your MoVI for Cinematic Capture

How we’re kitting out the MōVI on Fathers and Daughters.

It’s Hard to Stop a Trane: Shooting Action Sequences

How we shot the action sequences for a series of Trane AC commercials with extreme heat and a bus crash.

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.

Great Storytelling for Filmmakers from the Stillmotion Team

Whether you have very little experience or consider yourself intermediate or advanced, the educational tour that Patrick Moreau is running is a HOME RUN!

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.

The KNOW Tour by StillMotion

In the winter of 2012, I had the amazing opportunity to teach side by side with a gifted storyteller. Patrick Moreau and I were both speaking for Canon, educating about how we were similar (filmmakers and storytellers) and different in our unique approaches.

Lens Test with Zeiss ZE and CP2s, Canon L Series and Leica R Glass

Part of being a cinematography intern is not only knowing all the gear, but how it can be used to enhance your visual story telling. The characteristics of a lens can infuse a mood, a style, etc. Being obsessed in the subtleties is key. Shane encourages us to use all our tools and test them in the line of fire. We have been using Canon, Leica, and Zeiss lenses but haven’t had the chance to compare them all side by side.

Tiffen and HV Collaborate To Make Extraordinary Images with Water White Glass

When I was doing a Canon 5D film test in January of 2010, I put eight 5D’s in a line for this cool action camera array.

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.

Lighting Basics Series I: Where to place your KEY LIGHT

One of the most popular requests was for lighting instruction. In the HD world and film, lighting is king. Knowing how to light and not just rely on available light is what being a cinematographer is all about.

Reading a Color Temp Meter: Tips and Tricks

How to read a color temp meter and why it is important. I have always loved understanding the color of different lights — street lights, fluorescents in a store, neon, moonlight, etc.

My Go To Lighting Package Part Two: The Basics

When you have a small team to tell your story, you need to find lights that do many things and provide many color temps. You need some that can focus and ones that are a broad source.

Shooting Act of Valor Q & A

We’ve had a ton of questions via Twitter, Facebook and the hurlblog about shooting Act of Valor, so I thought I would share them in a Q&A format. Thanks so much to everyone for your support and kind words about the film!

The Power of Lighting with Just Two Lights: We Are Marshall

Working with less is how I like to light. On We Are Marshall, I challenged myself and my team to think about how we could light a major night exterior in the rain with just two lights.

How Lenses Assist Storytelling: Part Two

How using different focal lengths can help assist character development in new ways. It is the cinematographer’s job to assist in the character arc process.