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Prepping Deadfall
Feb09

Prepping Deadfall

One week ago I was slated to do two amazing car commercials for the Bandito Brothers, one for Yokohama and the other for Hot Wheels. The spots both had a very unique style and approach. One would be shot with our hybrid 35mm motion picture film and […]

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Marines Contest Winners Andrea Cecchini and Martin Guitar – Where’s the 5D II, “For Us All”
Feb03

Marines Contest Winners Andrea Cecchini and Martin Guitar – Where’s the 5D II, “For Us All”

Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent Where’s the 5d Contest II – “For Us All”. We receive 153 entries for the contest. There are a lot of […]

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Redrock Micro: Battle Tested Rigs, Innovation at an Affordable Price
Jan28

Redrock Micro: Battle Tested Rigs, Innovation at an Affordable Price

Every rig that I have in our Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR rental division is Redrock Micro. Why, when there are so many rigs out there to choose from? Brian Valente and I go way back – back to March 2009 in fact – right when this whole DSLR revolution was just getting started.

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Marines: Where’s the 5D Contest II, “For Us All”
Jan17

Marines: Where’s the 5D Contest II, “For Us All”

This 60: commercial was filmed over 5 weeks on 3 continents. My Elite Team members and I brought to life a public service announcement for the Marine Corp that humanizes the warrior. Three and four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have weighed on the American public.  The concept is a story called FOR US ALL[…]

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Interview with Kevin Otterness – HurlBlog Winner of the Redrock Micro ManCam
Jan14

Interview with Kevin Otterness – HurlBlog Winner of the Redrock Micro ManCam

  Congratulations to Kevin Otterness – Director, Cinematographer, and Editor at www.posthousepictures.com, and winner of the HurlBlog RedRock Micro ManCam contest. How did you feel when you found out you won the HV ManCam contest? I was very surprised to see that I won the HV ManCam! I have never won anything in my entire life. I think it’s great to see other filmmakers like Shane Hurlbut himself, acknowledging and...

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CHANGE IS COMING
Jan07

CHANGE IS COMING

To give back to a community that has been gracious, creative, generous, inventive, inspiring and passionate, we have created a new look for the HurlBlog to help fuel this revolution. The new iteration of the HurlBlog will launch next week – stay tuned.

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Lighting Series Number 4: Extending Dawn on the Practice Field in “DrumLine”
Jan04

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.

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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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