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Canon 1DC Camera Tests Outside the Studio
Jan23

Canon 1DC Camera Tests Outside the Studio

How important it is to take your camera tests out of the studio and on to location. You want to see how your camera’s emulsion handles highlights, hot skies, night exteriors and night interiors.

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Writing “The Ticket”
Jan17

Writing “The Ticket”

By Po Chan. Shane and I have always said that The Ticket is a love story between art and science. I think the true beauty of art, as well as the art of cinema, is the power to communicate with people on a subconscious emotional level.

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American Cinematographer Podcast on Shooting Deadfall
Jan15

American Cinematographer Podcast on Shooting Deadfall

American Cinematographer recently produced a podcast about shooting Deadfall — “going inside the visual landscape of a suspense filled winter wonderland.”

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Testing Your Camera’s Latitude
Jan09

Testing Your Camera’s Latitude

How to test your camera’s latitude. This is one of the most important tests that you can perform because over exposing is a very subjective and personal artistic choice.

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HDSLR Challenges: Working With a Still Lens
Jan03

HDSLR Challenges: Working With a Still Lens

Shane Hurlbut, ASC discusses lenses and the challenges of working with a still lens.

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Editing “The Ticket”
Dec27

Editing “The Ticket”

By Dan Liu. As an editor, it is the best feeling knowing that you will have great material to work with. After talking with Po and Shane, I was very excited about working on The Ticket, as I knew it would have great material in spades.

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Hurlbut’s Visuals Podcast
Dec20

Hurlbut’s Visuals Podcast

The NeedCreative Podcast is an online radio show that covers topics related to creativity. I had the privilege of being the guest of co-hosts Paul Antico and Jason Sidelinger from Anticipate Media to discuss my history and experiences in the film industry.

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Win a Signed Act of Valor DVD
Dec18

Win a Signed Act of Valor DVD

Are you following me on Twitter? How about Facebook? In the spirit of the holidays, we have two Act of Valor dvds to give away. All you need to do to become eligible to win is to follow Hurlbut Visuals on Twitter or Facebook.

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Testing Your Camera’s Emulsion
Dec13

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.

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December Tour of Asia with Canon
Dec04

December Tour of Asia with Canon

Po Chan and I will be leaving on a five-country tour of Asia with Canon in just a few days. If you are nearby, I hope to see you at one of the events.

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Inspiration and Passion Create Innovation: The Big Story Behind SmallHD
Nov29

Inspiration and Passion Create Innovation: The Big Story Behind SmallHD

The trailer for the documentary that Hurlbut Visuals produced about this forward thinking company called SmallHD, founded by Wes Phillips and Dale Backus.

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Creating a Beauty Light with a Book Light
Nov15

Creating a Beauty Light with a Book Light

My Book Light tutorial on how to build it and why it is so useful. Plus, how I got started in this business.

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Cinematography Education: Upcoming Events in NYC and Austin
Nov07

Cinematography Education: Upcoming Events in NYC and Austin

As cinematographers, our storytelling camera tools change on a monthly basis, and trying to keep up with all of this is a daunting task. However, the two core tools of storytelling that never change are light and composition.

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How to Light for Specific Camera Blocking: Master to Close-Up
Nov01

How to Light for Specific Camera Blocking: Master to Close-Up

What I think about when I am blocking a scene and my preferences on how to work from the master to the close-up.

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Why a ShoulderCam Should Be Heavy
Oct26

Why a ShoulderCam Should Be Heavy

Operating with some girth on your shoulders gives you control. Having a shoulder cam rig that fits and conforms to your body is paramount.

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The New Dark Room for the Digital Age
Oct18

The New Dark Room for the Digital Age

Imagine a world where the loader returns to the darkroom to process footage. The Codex Vault is just that.

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Collaborative Workflow Event in LA
Oct15

Collaborative Workflow Event in LA

When Neil Smith, the founder and owner of Hollywood DI, asked us to participate in their Open House event on October 20th in West Hollywood, we were happy to collaborate.

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Educational Resource Books for Cinematography
Oct11

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.

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The Cineped: Full 360° Rotatable Slider
Oct04

The Cineped: Full 360° Rotatable Slider

As a cinematographer, movement is an integral part of conveying your creative vision and the storytelling process. Whether subtle or dramatic, it’s another tool in your box of creative options.

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Rosco View: New Frontier Tools
Sep27

Rosco View: New Frontier Tools

The Rosco View has increased my speed on location tenfold. Innovation, creation. I love what I do.

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