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Act of Valor: Reinventing the Action Genre
Feb22

Act of Valor: Reinventing the Action Genre

When Scotty Waugh and Mike “Mouse” McCoy, the incredible directing team at Bandito Brothers, asked me to shoot Act of Valor, I was excited, especially after listening to their unique vision for the making of this movie. I was ALL IN. The idea of reinventing the action genre was our mantra. To be able to immerse an audience in a 3D experience that was shot 2D; to capture POVs that felt like you were in an intense first person shooter video game; to move a 2.5 lb camera in ways that you have never seen before. These were the ideas that started to swirl in my head after our initial meeting.

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Tweet Up for Act of Valor on Saturday, February 25 in LA
Feb20

Tweet Up for Act of Valor on Saturday, February 25 in LA

I wanted to make all of you aware of a Tweet Up for Act of Valor. It will take place on Saturday, February 25th at the following location:
Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14
1000 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
5:10pm – Act of Valor begins
7:00pm – Act of Valor TweetUp and In-Theater Q&A with Mouse McCoy & Shane Hurlbut

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Director/Cameraman Package for Scouting Locations + Scouting Apps
Feb02

Director/Cameraman Package for Scouting Locations + Scouting Apps

Since the invention of the Canon 5D, it has taken scouting to a whole new level and preparing that package that allows you can take advantage of serendipitous moments, lightning in a bottle so to speak, is essential.

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Large Sensor Cameras – Economical Lighting
Jan31

Large Sensor Cameras – Economical Lighting

The new wave of Large sensor cameras with their high ISO range and light sensitivity are changing the way cinematographers [...]

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About Sundance Film Festival: Why It Matters
Jan27

About Sundance Film Festival: Why It Matters

The pilgrimage to a small town in the Utah mountains has been going on for years. With creativity and wonderful storytelling, the Sundance Film Festival has [...]

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Top 10 Hurlblog Posts of 2011
Jan13

Top 10 Hurlblog Posts of 2011

We had a great 2011 and 2012 is already delivering exciting projects. “Act of Valor” directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy will be in over

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13 Power iPhone Apps for Filmmakers
Jan05

13 Power iPhone Apps for Filmmakers

The past 3 years have been a very exciting time to be a filmmaker with the many changes in digital [...]

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Lens Test with Zeiss ZE and CP2s, Canon L Series and Leica R Glass
Dec23

Lens Test with Zeiss ZE and CP2s, Canon L Series and Leica R Glass

Part of being a cinematography intern is not only knowing all the gear, but how it can be used to enhance your visual story telling. The characteristics of a lens can infuse a mood, a style, etc. Being obsessed in the subtleties is key. Shane encourages us to use all our tools and test them in the line of fire. We have been using Canon, Leica, and Zeiss lenses but haven’t had the chance to compare them all side by side.

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Lighting with Home Depot Lights: Part 2
Dec16

Lighting with Home Depot Lights: Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about my lighting package that looked like an aisle inside

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Infusing First Person POV Into Mountain Dew GAME FUEL MW3
Dec07

Infusing First Person POV Into Mountain Dew GAME FUEL MW3

In mid-October, I got a call from McG to see if I was available to do a Mountain [...]

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An MCS Cage Adds Versatility to Your Creativity
Nov22

An MCS Cage Adds Versatility to Your Creativity

Whether you love your 5D, shoot weddings with a Sony FS-100, shoot music videos with your 7D, or [...]

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Building the Perfect Key Light
Nov11

Building the Perfect Key Light

After my blog post about lighting from your local hardware store, I wanted to take it one step further [...]

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Lighting Basics: Going With What is Available
Nov05

Lighting Basics: Going With What is Available

The exciting thing about the Arri Alexa, F-3 and the new wave of DSLR’s is their high ISO range to minimum [...]

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One Day, 197 Set ups, 12 Shooters & 9 Navy SEALs to bring Jeep COD (Call of Duty) Ride Experience to Life
Oct20

One Day, 197 Set ups, 12 Shooters & 9 Navy SEALs to bring Jeep COD (Call of Duty) Ride Experience to Life

When I was a kid, I had a fascination with Halloween. Our son, Myles, has inherited this same [...]

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Shane Hurlbut, ASC Master Cinema Series
Oct15

Shane Hurlbut, ASC Master Cinema Series

Over the past 3 years, my team and I have shot 2 feature films [...]

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The Need For Speed: The Little Things That Increase Set Up Count
Sep09

The Need For Speed: The Little Things That Increase Set Up Count

After completing the Navy SEAL movie Act of Valor, my team and I created a workflow and camera [...]

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"Sports Authority" with the The Kessler V3 Crane and Revolution Head
Sep06

"Sports Authority" with the The Kessler V3 Crane and Revolution Head

When director Peter Odiorne asked me to shoot Sports Authority “Shoe,” the [...]

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Dark Energy: Lightning in a Bottle for the HDSLR Revolution
Aug06

Dark Energy: Lightning in a Bottle for the HDSLR Revolution

Over the last 6 months, I have been under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with a company out of [...]

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Kino Flo: Frieder Hochheim Hurlblog Interview Part 2
Jul15

Kino Flo: Frieder Hochheim Hurlblog Interview Part 2

Freider Hochheim continues the conversation about the direction and future of Kino Flo.

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Lighting Basics Series I:  Where to place your KEY LIGHT
Jul08

Lighting Basics Series I: Where to place your KEY LIGHT

One of the most popular requests was for lighting instruction. In the HD world and film, lighting is king. Knowing how to light and not just rely on available light is what being a cinematographer is all about.

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