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Helmet Cams: Visceral, Intimate, and Emotional Connection with Your 5D

The first job that I ever shot with the Canon 5D was as Director and DP on a webisode series that Director of “Terminator Salvation” McG asked me to do. We produced these webisodes as part of the “Terminator Salvation” marketing campaign to be used…

AAA Behind the Scenes: Episode One “The Drag Strip”

In January of 2011, I was asked by “The Gentlemen,” Brett Snider and Billy Federighi, a very creative and humorous, directing at Bandito Brothers, to shoot a series [...]

Canon 1DC Camera Tests from “The Ticket”

It has been a whirlwind since NAB, with all of the new emerging 4K technology and where this fits into the filmmaking process. Here are our tests with the Canon 1DC 4K DSLR camera.

Big Winners: The SmallHD Story

Learn how Wes Phillips and Dale Backus from SmallHD won the “Doritos: Crash The Superbowl Contest” not once… but twice and then how they used their earnings to fund the growth of SmallHD.

HDSLR Cinematographer Starter Kit

Shane Hurlbut, ASC discusses what you need to work on the HDSLR platform.

When a Small Move Makes All the Difference: Kessler Crane’s CineSlider

When I started the 5 week Marine’s commercial two months ago, I knew we would be in wide open spaces as well as tight quarters on the Amphibious Assault Destroyer. The project required gear that was versatile, so I turned to Kessler Crane’s CineSlider. NAB was where I…

Using Color Correction Gels with New Digital Cameras

Color correction gels can be used many ways, but what I will discuss is how to use them in subtle ways to create color contrast with the new digital sensors.

Adapting Your Canon Arsenal with Duclos

The Multi-Mount is a modification process developed by Duclos Lenses that offers a variety of mounts to be swapped on a given lens.

Zeiss: A Cinematic Journey on "Act of Valor"

When I started to prep “Act of Valor” in April of 2009, we were using Canon glass on the first 2 days of shooting. The hot girls on deck and the interrogation scene [...]

Filtration: Beware Of The Reaper Of Cheap Glass

Making HD look like film has a cocktail and one of the essential ingredients to this flavorful recipe is Neutral Density. You have to keep your exposure on a 5D around a 5.6 to get that beautiful shallow depth of field. The 7D should be around…

Polarizing Filters: Powerful Filmmaking Tools

My cinematography interns and I set out on a mission to showcase the many uses of a polarizing filter.

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.

Lighting Basics: Going With What is Available

The exciting thing about the Arri Alexa, F-3 and the new wave of DSLR’s is their high ISO range to minimum [...]

DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video Cameras

This week’s post will focus on the subject of DSLR cinema and a fantastic resource known by the same name – DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video Cameras.

Creating a Beauty Light with a Book Light

My Book Light tutorial on how to build it and why it is so useful. Plus, how I got started in this business.

The Making of The Janitor Sequence From “The Last 3 Minutes”

When Canon and Hurlbut Visuals teamed up on this joint venture, we wanted to put together a trilogy of Behind the Scenes videos where I narrated about what goes on inside my head as a cinematographer. We also wanted to show that even though there is a planning process…

How to Light for Specific Camera Blocking: Master to Close-Up

What I think about when I am blocking a scene and my preferences on how to work from the master to the close-up.

Lighting Day Exteriors

Lighting day exteriors is as much about choosing the right time as it is about your manipulation of the daylight.