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Big Winners: The SmallHD Story

Learn how Wes Phillips and Dale Backus from SmallHD won the “Doritos: Crash The Superbowl Contest” not once… but twice and then how they used their earnings to fund the growth of SmallHD.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Gear Review

First up in our new series of gear reviews, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 with the interface unit that has the audio inputs, SDI outputs and full sized HDMI output.

Using a Crane: Educating your Audience on Geography & the Art of Discovery

Crane moves can give you scope, geography and the sense of discovery. Understand why you are doing it first, not just because it looks cool.

Great Storytelling for Filmmakers from the Stillmotion Team

Whether you have very little experience or consider yourself intermediate or advanced, the educational tour that Patrick Moreau is running is a HOME RUN!

CineGear: On the Couch with Nino

Watch the “On the Couch” interview Lydia and I did with Nino Leitner at Cinegear.

Top 10 Hurlblog Posts of 2013

We run down our top ten most read blog posts from 2013

How Lenses Assist Storytelling: Part Three

Mr. 3000 Camera Lens Restraint. How different lenses, lighting and color help assist in storytelling.

Tiffen Vari IRND Brings Cinematic Look to the BMCC

Welcome to the Hurlbut Visuals Blackmagic Cinema Camera Tiffen Variable ND test.

Polarizing Filters: Powerful Filmmaking Tools

My cinematography interns and I set out on a mission to showcase the many uses of a polarizing filter.

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…

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.

Shane Hurlbut’s Go To Lighting Package

Many of you requested information on the go to lighting package. Having a package that can do many types of lighting is the secret. Lights that can multi-task are my recipe for success.

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.

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.

Building the Perfect Key Light

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