In February of 2009, I walked through the doors of Bandito Brothers production company and I realized at that moment this very talented creative house team would change my life. Scotty Waugh, Michael McCoy and Jacob Rosenberg met me and showed off their unique working environment that was a series of army tents as offices, located in a beautiful barrel warehouse in Culver City. They had 3 edit bays, 2 after effects bays and above all of that was the Millennium Falcon: media storage, mother board, servers and the offices of Jacob’s amazing post division team. They welcomed me with open arms and it has been a wonderful collaboration.
When we started playing around with the Canon 5D, very few people were shooting with DSLR cameras. The Bandito team was visionary enough to shoot a full length Navy SEAL feature on them called “Act of Valor.” Together, we wanted to change the way the audience experienced an action film. This is the most 3D film that was shot in 2D that you have ever seen. It is real, visceral, inventive immersion. Call of Duty style! Jacob guided me through the post process and how to get the most out of this camera’s 8 BIT color space, by giving me an incredible post production playground to test the camera, lenses, and picture styles. You name it, we tested it. Then we used Cineform and Adobe CS5 to deliver images that didn’t feel like they were shot on a $2,500.00 still camera. Jacob’s vision is ahead of its time. After all he does run the Millennium Falcon folks. There was no road map with this technology; we had to create everything. Jacob and his team designed a production etiquette workflow to log, manage and label the footage in a way that the assistant editor could quickly organize and import into the Avid. “Act of Valor” took 12 months to film and both of us to 4 continents, 15 states and under the Atlantic Ocean. After this we both felt that we had earned our stripes with this platform and how to get the most out of it. Jacob and I then started to speak together at NAB: Jacob about his expertise with post and me on the production side. We did webinars together educating and inspiring filmmakers on the power of this camera system. Jacob is a natural educator and gifted speaker as well as a post technologist. Most importantly, he is a very passionate filmmaker.
Hurlbut Visuals DSLR rentals will be supplying several rigs that were used to film “Act of Valor” and Jacob’s Documentary “Waiting for Lightning” with Danny Way.