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Mixing Formats: Arri Alexa, Canon 5D and C300 on a New Mexico DOT Spot

I love shooting commercials that make a difference and give back to local communities. Hurlbut Visuals recently collaborated with Vaughn Wedeen Kuhn to lens the next set of Department of Transportation spots for New Mexico.

Hurlbut Visuals Launches New DSLR Rental Division at Cine Gear 2011

I want to invite all of you to Cine Gear 2011. Hurlbut Visuals is launching our new DSLR Cinema Rentals division with new rigs and out of the box innovation.

Interview with Greg Staten on the HP DreamColor Monitor

Greg is dedicated to producing a great monitor. He’s fascinated with what his clients are doing with HP’s products, and he’s always looking for improvements.

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.

The Canon C300 on an El Pollo Loco Spot

The current spot was for El Pollo Loco, and the concept was a very action oriented camera, with snap zooms and quick handheld push ins and pull outs. I thought the Canon C300 would be the perfect camera for this job, lightweight and maneuverable.

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.

Diffusion for the Digital Age – Using Smoke

Using the right filtration to impose a mood, create a style, encapsulate a time period or just to cream a woman’s skin can be a very powerful visual tool. The first diffusion I go to time and time again, whether it is film or HD, is smoke.

Polarizing Filters: Powerful Filmmaking Tools

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

Mixing Formats: Arri Alexa, Canon 5D and C300 on a New Mexico DOT Spot

I love shooting commercials that make a difference and give back to local communities. Hurlbut Visuals recently collaborated with Vaughn Wedeen Kuhn to lens the next set of Department of Transportation spots for New Mexico.

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.

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.

How Lenses Assist in Storytelling

The lens’ traits can help tell your story. The look and feel of lenses, their characteristics of color and contrast rendition, are all relevant factors.

Hurlbut Returns Podcast

I joined the NeedCreative Podcast again this week. We talked about the art and science of cinematography and then did a mini-workshop. I go into story scenarios and how I would light and lens them.

Kino Flo: Frieder Hochheim Hurlblog Interview Part 2

Freider Hochheim continues the conversation about the direction and future of Kino Flo.

The Making of “The Last 3 Minutes”

When Shane told me he wanted to shoot behind the scenes footage of “The Last 3 Minutes” I was very excited as I had only used the 5D MKII for narrative work. I knew that using the 5D for run and gun style documentary work might be a challenge and loved the idea of diving in head first.

Inspiration and Passion Create Innovation: The Big Story Behind SmallHD

The trailer for the documentary that Hurlbut Visuals produced about this forward thinking company called SmallHD, founded by Wes Phillips and Dale Backus.

Reading a Light Meter: Tips and Tricks

The light meter is essential for matching and to get your head around light ratios as a young cinematographer.

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.