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Keeping It Small
Mar15

Keeping It Small

I have been doing research on other sites recently and checking out the monster camera configurations that people are creating. I question if that is the right path based on the two things attracted me to this camera; the filmic looking sensor and the size.

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Responsible Filmmaking
Mar04

Responsible Filmmaking

When I stumbled onto this HDSLR technology, I realized within minutes of using the technology that it was a “game changer” and the rulebook had to be thrown out and a new one created.

I thought if we can start a new rulebook…

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Camera Stabilization
Feb22

Camera Stabilization

I walked into Samy’s Camera last week and a camera assistant was mounting gyros on the 5D to stabilize the camera. She was getting beaten up by the mount and said, “I cannot get this clamped on here.” I said “ Hi, I would love to help…

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The Power of Focus
Feb12

The Power of Focus

Focus is probably one of the biggest obstacles that the 5D encounters. So many of our colleagues have questions and wonder why it is absolutely essential to have a focus puller. They are the backbone of this amazing technology. Shooting with practical…

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Filtration: Beware Of The Reaper Of Cheap Glass
Feb10

Filtration: Beware Of The Reaper Of Cheap Glass

Making HD look like film has a cocktail and one of the essential ingredients to this flavorful recipe is Neutral Density. You have to keep your exposure on a 5D around a 5.6 to get that beautiful shallow depth of field. The 7D should be around…

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Still Lenses That Can Grace The Big Screen
Feb06

Still Lenses That Can Grace The Big Screen

On the still lens front, you have a variety of options. I am addressing this topic from a 40 foot screen digital projection perspective, not a still photography one.

Zeiss ZE primes rock. Their resolution is spectacular and they are lightweight. Their focus is a little more cinematic then…

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Cinema Style Lenses
Feb03

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…

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How A Strategic Team Makes You Shine
Jan23

How A Strategic Team Makes You Shine

I am frequently asked how we get so many set ups in a day and how we stay on schedule and budget while shooting. The answer is my Elite Team. I am nothing without my team and they make me shine everyday.

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HurlBlog Sound Guru: Gene Martin
Jan17

HurlBlog Sound Guru: Gene Martin

We are so excited to feature our first guest blogger Gene Martin on the HurlBlog. Whenever I am asked about a specialty such as sound, specifically sound with the 5D, I turn to this expert to weigh in with what he feels is the best. Visit Gene’s website to…

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Vincent LaForet, Canon and Vimeo Video Contest
Jan04

Vincent LaForet, Canon and Vimeo Video Contest

Vincent LaForet recently announced an exiting video contest where he is collaborating with Canon and Vimeo. I am excited to be one of the judges because I know the creative product will be amazing!

Here is an excerpt from Vincent…

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Picture Style: How Do You Choose?
Dec27

Picture Style: How Do You Choose?

I am frequently asked about picture style. There are so many internet sites making RAW picture styles, Flat picture styles, Panavision Genesis Picture Styles and all the picture styles in between for the Canon 5D, 7D, and the 1D. It is confusing to know which one to choose and I…

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Tim’s Visit To Bandito Brothers
Dec21

Tim’s Visit To Bandito Brothers

Tim was the second place winner for our “Where’s the 5D” online contest. He came to Bandito Brothers this week to meet me for lunch. It was an amazing experience for both of us! Tim is very bright with a vast knowledge of still photography. The day started out with Tim meeting Scotty Waugh, one of the directors of the untitled Navy SEAL movie. Then, Tim and I viewed a variety of scenes from the movie that have not...

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A Media Manager Has Your Back
Dec16

A Media Manager Has Your Back

In the world of HDSLR technology, media management is a very important position. Every Elite Team member has held this position at some point during the untitled Navy Seal Movie to gain an understanding of HD image capture in a small footprint work-flow system.

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Navy Swimmer: Mountain Rescue & Sea Rescue Sequences
Dec03

Navy Swimmer: Mountain Rescue & Sea Rescue Sequences

Here is the breakdown for the Mountain Rescue portion of Navy Swimmer.

– 1-camera in deep water housing which captures underwater and split level shots
– 1-camera mounted on the Navy Swimmers helmet to capture him exiting the helicopter and being lowered down in between the rocks…

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Navy Swimmer: Pool Training Sequence With Real Time Workflow
Nov27

Navy Swimmer: Pool Training Sequence With Real Time Workflow

The Bandito Brothers Production Company has a very unique work flow. I have adopted the Bandito Brothers “Real Time” shooting module and combined it with “traditional” filming. Here is how we made it work for the Navy Swimmer commercial.

Imagine prepping, shot listing and then…

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Meeting With Students At Emerson College
Nov19

Meeting With Students At Emerson College

What a fun time it was last week at Emerson College! Professor Bosmajian’s advanced cinematography class was fantastic! I showed footage from the undercover Navy SEAL movie to have the students take each shot apart to analyze both the lighting and photography.

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"Where’s The 5D" Winner Josh’s Visit To The Set
Nov13

"Where’s The 5D" Winner Josh’s Visit To The Set

Josh came down to San Diego on Wednesday to join the me and the Elite Team for a 5am call. He stayed at the Indigo Hotel with us (my treat) the night before because I didn’t want him to have to drive all night for such an early shoot.

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What Do You Think Film Students Need To Know?
Nov09

What Do You Think Film Students Need To Know?

Technology has exploded since I graduated from Emerson in 1986. I am thrilled to go back to Boston on November 12, and share my passion for Canon 5D Mark II as a game changing tool for student filmmakers. It is an affordable…

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We Have A Winner To Our "Where’s the 5D" Contest
Nov02

We Have A Winner To Our "Where’s the 5D" Contest

The “Where’s the 5D” contest was so close that the winner Josh beat our runner up Tim by a single shot. Josh will claim his prize this Wednesday when he visits me on the set for the day.

We decided to add a runner up prize…

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What Happens When You Mix A BMW M3, A Beautiful Woman and HDSLR Cameras?
Oct30

What Happens When You Mix A BMW M3, A Beautiful Woman and HDSLR Cameras?

This exciting spot was directed by Mike McCoy of Bandito Brothers and the majority of it was shot in 3 nights! Even though Mouse (as he is affectionately known) is very talented, he had the help of an amazing team to make him shine.

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