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Canon 1DC Camera Tests Outside the Studio

How important it is to take your camera tests out of the studio and on to location. You want to see how your camera’s emulsion handles highlights, hot skies, night exteriors and night interiors.

Giving Back: The Warrior Wedding Project

For the last two and a half months, I have been working with the amazing director Gil Cope on an incredible commercial campaign. Learn about giving back with the Warrior Wedding Project.

An MCS Cage Adds Versatility to Your Creativity

Whether you love your 5D, shoot weddings with a Sony FS-100, shoot music videos with your 7D, or [...]

Inovativ Carts on a Game of Thrones Promo

Recently, I shot a promo for HBO’s enthralling television series “Game of Thrones” and had the opportunity to put the Inovativ Echo cart through its paces in a real set environment.

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.

Technicolor’s New Picture Style- Cine Style

My last blog post was about story and not getting caught up in all the tech/gear frenzy. Now, I want to talk about [...]

Cinema Style Lenses

I am back on land and ready to tear it up. The January newsletter has been a big success and I thank you all for your comments and suggestions. This is a collaborative effort and we value your input.

I have been getting many comments from people…

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.

Why Do We Want Flat Glass?

Tests with the newest Leica Summilux C lenses vs. the gold standard Cooke S4s for Fathers and Daughters.

Leica R Mount Lenses for the Canon HDSLR’s

I started giving a Leica list out to individual colleagues and the request kept coming, so we decided to share it with everyone on the blog. These lenses are only R-Mount, they are the cream of the crop and through variest test we have found them to be excellent.

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.

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.

Lighting Series Number 2: Going Inside the Hallowed Walls of a Secret Society on "The Skulls"

When Rob Cohen asked me to shoot his next feature after we finished “The Rat Pack,” I was ecstatic. I could not wait to get the script. He told me that it was a thriller about the Skull and Bones Secret Society at Yale.

Top 10 Hurlblog Posts of 2013

We run down our top ten most read blog posts from 2013

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,...

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 [...]

The Buzz About Plasma Light Tech: Hive Lighting

A few weeks ago, I shot a run and gun style web series and the generous team over at Hive Lighting gave me one of their units to demo. Plasma light technology is pretty incredible.

Portable Lighting with the Rosco LitePad Kit

I am always in pursuit of new lighting technology, and this Rosco LitePad kit knocked me out with its size, versatility, color and punch.