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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.

Digital Cinematography vs Film: Tides are Turning

As I embark on a long creative, exciting journey on Need for Speed with DreamWorks, I wanted to share some of my most recent findings from a five day camera test that pushed every camera to its breaking point.

Chaos in Harmony by Kevin Anderson, Rental Manager at Hurlbut Visuals

Being the gatekeeper of the Hurlbut inventory, I see all types of gear come and go every week.

Need For Speed: Innovation, Gear and Cinematography

This post give you insight into how we pulled everything off. Need for Speed was shot on four different camera sensors.

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…

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.

Hurlblog Interview I: Dr. Scherle Shares the History of Zeiss and Sheds Light on the Future

Hurlbut Visuals is excited to introduce the Hurlbut Visuals Blog Interview Series.

Tiffen and HV Collaborate To Make Extraordinary Images with Water White Glass

When I was doing a Canon 5D film test in January of 2010, I put eight 5D’s in a line for this cool action camera array.

Zeiss: A Cinematic Journey on "Act of Valor"

When I started to prep “Act of Valor” in April of 2009, we were using Canon glass on the first 2 days of shooting. The hot girls on deck and the interrogation scene [...]

Leica R Mount Lenses for the Canon HDSLR’s

I started giving a Leica list out to individual colleagues and the request kept coming, so we decided to share it with everyone on the blog. These lenses are only R-Mount, they are the cream of the crop and through variest test we have found them to be excellent.

Polarizing Filters: Powerful Filmmaking Tools

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

Mixing Formats: Arri Alexa, Canon 5D and C300 on a New Mexico DOT Spot

I love shooting commercials that make a difference and give back to local communities. Hurlbut Visuals recently collaborated with Vaughn Wedeen Kuhn to lens the next set of Department of Transportation spots for New Mexico.

Lighting Series Number 2: Going Inside the Hallowed Walls of a Secret Society on "The Skulls"

When Rob Cohen asked me to shoot his next feature after we finished “The Rat Pack,” I was ecstatic. I could not wait to get the script. He told me that it was a thriller about the Skull and Bones Secret Society at Yale.

Top 10 Hurlblog Posts of 2013

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

Designing the Visual Landscape of Deadfall

When Stefan Ruzowitzky and I sat down to talk about the look and feel of this film he immediately showed me these Todd Hido shots. They blew my [...]

Building Medusa: The Perfect DIY Fire Light

How to create DIY fire light to shape and manicure available light and make the ordinary look extraordinary.

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

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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