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Testing Your Camera’s Emulsion

I treat each new digital camera that comes out as a new film emulsion, one that needs to be tested before I can use it to help tell my stories. The first step is to find the sensitivity of the sensor.

Collaborative Innovations with Freefly Systems MōVI

Many of you ask, why MōVI? It comes down to the team behind the product, the support, the innovation, the forward thinking, the ability to future proof a product. Freefly Systems delivered.

Arri Alexa vs. Canon C500

Here is the first of a three part series on the Arri Alexa vs. the Canon C500 in camera tests for Need for Speed.

Educational Event for Filmmakers in LA

I’ll be speaking Saturday, February 23 at 1:00pm in San Fernando with insider information on getting the best out of the new 4K Canon arsenal, Canon 1DC tests, post workflow and etiquette — how the elite team rolls out.

Educational Resource Books for Cinematography

Many people have approached me with questions about books that have inspired me as a filmmaker. We have compiled a list of valuable resources for you to use to expand your scope and vision.

Shaping the Hurlblog Based on Your Opinion and Feedback

Hello all co-collaborators.  We want to energize the HURLBLOG […]

Tiffen Diffusion Filters and Steadicam

Tiffen has introduced a whole new line of filters for digital sensors and have shot a very in-depth 4K test that premiered at NAB this year,

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.

Shane’s Gear Bag

I have been asked by many of our readers to share details regarding my personal Gear Bag. I use a vast array of tools to be able to tell all types of stories. I wanted to break it down with detail.

The Illumination Experience Educational Tour

Lighting techniques and camera composition is the focus of this course tailored to open your mind in new ways. I have designed this experience to be immersive, interactive and intimate using simple techniques to build confidence with any budget.

Building Medusa: The Perfect DIY Fire Light

How to create DIY fire light to shape and manicure available light and make the ordinary look extraordinary.

Building the Perfect Key Light

After my blog post about lighting from your local hardware store, I wanted to take it one step further […]

The Canon 5D in Big Sky Country with the MARINES

I am on the road again directing for Bandito Brothers www.banditobrothers.com/ and loving it. As a filmmaker, I am taking advantage of this inspiring, creative tool (a 5D camera) while stretching the budget. Our goal is to show the influence of the Marines around the globe while…

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…

Lighting Series Number 4: Extending Dawn on the Practice Field in “DrumLine”

My phone rang on an evening in the late summer of 2000 while I was directing a Children’s Hospital commercial in Kansas City. It was Tim Bourne, a Hollywood Line Producer. He asked me if I had read the script he sent me a week ago.