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HP LP2480zx Dream Color: Your Eyes Into the DSLR Colorspace
Dec19

HP LP2480zx Dream Color: Your Eyes Into the DSLR Colorspace

When I began working on “Act of Valor” I was using an Asus 17” monitor to light with. When I got into the color correction bay, I noticed that I had over-lit scenes because the monitor was not seeing what the camera was ultimately seeing.

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Lighting Series Number 3: The Natural Look of Crazy/Beautiful
Dec11

Lighting Series Number 3: The Natural Look of Crazy/Beautiful

My next picture was with a director named John Stockwell. After signing onto this project I came to realize that John’s style and sensibility would change me forever as a cinematographer. We both felt this needed a fresh look: something that was…

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In Praise of Dissent:  Adobe CS5 Paves The Way
Dec02

In Praise of Dissent: Adobe CS5 Paves The Way

Dissent: Voicing opinions that conflict with those that are commonly accepted or officially espoused.

When my Elite Team and I started blazing this trail, we had already become dissenters. We embraced a technology that in Hollywood was a joke, a fad, not viable. This is one of the great…

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Lighting Series Number 2:  Going Inside the Hallowed Walls of a Secret Society on "The Skulls"
Nov23

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.

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Helmet Cams: Visceral, Intimate, and Emotional Connection with Your 5D
Nov12

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…

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Lighting: An inside look into "The Rat Pack"
Nov05

Lighting: An inside look into "The Rat Pack"

21 months ago I never could have predicted the direction of my life. With the invention of the 5D camera, I started to understand that creating the look of “digital film” took an of the box thought process and my collective experience as a cinematographer. I did not anticipate how much I would enjoy sharing and giving back through teaching because…

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Camera Checklist for HDSLRs
Oct07

Camera Checklist for HDSLRs

Here is a little instructional video from our Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR Bootcamp. A huge thanks to editor Chris Fenwick (Slice Editorial) for taking the time to cut this footage!

I have talked in the past about the power of the hybrid approach. Taking the best from still photography and the best from motion picture photography and colliding them….

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When a Small Move Makes All the Difference: Kessler Crane’s CineSlider
Sep17

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…

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The First Annual Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR Bootcamp
Sep08

The First Annual Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR Bootcamp

Wow! What an amazing weekend. I am completely exhausted and that takes a lot! Our Bootcamp participants for this two-day intensive came from around the globe including: South America, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Hawaii and Puerto Rico! It was an inspiration to have such a variety of talented professionals…

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A Call-out to all Filmmaker Co-collaborators in Mexico
Sep03

A Call-out to all Filmmaker Co-collaborators in Mexico

Wow, what a ride this last 18 months has been! I find myself at the fore front of a technology that I know in my heart will change the way we EVENTUALLY make movies in Hollywood, but what is so exciting is that this is not a Hollywood story.

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Twitter Winner Charles Elmore To Attend Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR Bootcamp
Aug21

Twitter Winner Charles Elmore To Attend Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR Bootcamp

A big congratulations to our HDSLR Bootcamp Contest winner Charles Elmore of Tulsa, Oklahoma! Charles will be attending our HDSLR Bootcamp in LA from August 28-29, 2010. We’ve gotten to know a little bit about who he is, his background in film …

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Canon 5D MK II & The Video Village Challenge
Aug11

Canon 5D MK II & The Video Village Challenge

At first glance with the Canon 5D you notice one thing, the minute you plug a mini HDMI cable or a 1/8” mini plug into the outputs on the camera, your LCD screen disappears. It is like a sick magic trick that for some reason, not one person can figure out.

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The Canon 5D in Big Sky Country with the MARINES
Aug04

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…

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Color Grading the 5D MKII for Case Combines
Jul16

Color Grading the 5D MKII for Case Combines

There have been so many great comments on the BTS of the Case Tractor commercial that I wanted to share the 30 second spot with you. I am always comparing the 5D to Reversal Film Stock because you have to get it close in camera.

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Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR Bootcamp:  Join the Revolution of Digital Film
Jul13

Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR Bootcamp: Join the Revolution of Digital Film

Hurlbut Visuals is looking for 40 forward thinking filmmakers, men and women to enlist in the pursuit of trail blazing this new technology with the few, the proud, the Elite Platoon.

Our motto is to educate and inspire one filmmaker at a time. On August 28 & 29 we are going to take…

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Leica R Mount Lenses for the Canon HDSLR’s
Jul03

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.

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A Hybrid Shoot In America’s Heartland for Case Tractor
Jun14

A Hybrid Shoot In America’s Heartland for Case Tractor

Three weeks ago I was selected as the director for a national commercial campaign for Case Tractors. It would be my first solo directing gig after signing with the Bandito Brothers one month ago. In the commercial world, an advertising agency is hired by the client, which…

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The Making of The Carnival Sequence from “The Last 3 Minutes”
Jun01

The Making of The Carnival Sequence from “The Last 3 Minutes”

Episode III “Carnival” was on Day two of our four day shooting schedule. This day was a very ambitious one because we had four company moves. We started at the ranch house location, moved to meadow location, then on to the main street location for the street fight.

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Turning Still Cameras Into PL Mount Movie Makers
May26

Turning Still Cameras Into PL Mount Movie Makers

It seems like everyone is jumping on the PL mount 7D bandwagon and I have to say it is very unfortunate that the 5D does not have the same energy. All the specs on a PL mounted 5D have shown that the vignette is a big issue. Most cinema lens…

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The Making of The Vietnam Sequence From “The Last 3 Minutes”
May17

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

We are going to give you a special treat on this blog. When I travel around the world, many people come up and ask me about the one shot helicopter crash in Terminator:Salvation. So I thought this was a fitting place to talk about all in one shot sequences…

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