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

When Canon and Hurlbut Visuals teamed up on this joint venture, we wanted to put together a trilogy of Behind the Scenes videos where I narrated about what goes on inside my head as a cinematographer. We also wanted to show that even though there is a planning process…

The Canon 5D Mark II vs. Extreme Heat

The Untitled Navy SEAL movie has taken me to some of the most extreme working conditions that I have ever experienced in my career as a Director of Photography. We traveled to the following locations: the jungles of Costa Rica, the swamps of Mississippi…

It’s Hard to Stop a Trane: Shooting Action Sequences

How we shot the action sequences for a series of Trane AC commercials with extreme heat and a bus crash.

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.

The Responsibility of Being a Filmmaker

My suggestion to all of you is to continue to educate yourself. Become a responsible filmmaker who will take the time to understand WHY – because this is what it is all about.

9 5Ds Capture The Power of a Shot on Goal for Yahoo Sports (WORLD CUP) 2010

In May of last year I was hired to shoot a web interactive game for Yahoo sports in the LA Coliseum. The Director Jason Zada…

Steve Tiffen of Tiffen Filters Hurlblog Interview: The Tiffen Company

In November of last year I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Steve Tiffen of the Tiffen Company […]

Rosco View: New Frontier Tools

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

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…

The Power of Lighting with Just Two Lights: We Are Marshall

Working with less is how I like to light. On We Are Marshall, I challenged myself and my team to think about how we could light a major night exterior in the rain with just two lights.

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.

Lighting Series Number 4: "Into the Blue" Sunset for Hours

When John Stockwell asked me to do a film set in the Bahamas about sunken treasure, greed, fun, and really hot chicks I was in. I had never done a movie on the water.

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.

Flanders CM 250 – The Lighting and Exposure Monitor of the Future

The CM 250 is a 24” OLED display that is crisp, clean and delivers beautiful blacks.

Maxing Out Your Indie Budget: “Remus” by Julien Lasseur, Elite Team Assistant & Media Manager

To begin, I’m not claiming to be an experienced filmmaker. I merely want to initiate a dialogue about producing […]