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Portable Lighting with the Rosco LitePad Kit
Jun18

Portable Lighting with the Rosco LitePad Kit

I am always in pursuit of new lighting technology, and this Rosco LitePad kit knocked me out with its size, versatility, color and punch.

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Lighting with Canon’s 1DC DSLR 4K Capture Project “The Ticket”
Apr26

Lighting with Canon’s 1DC DSLR 4K Capture Project “The Ticket”

On The Ticket, the lighting was a challenge because we used natural, available light and shaped it. I turned lights off, then added accent lights to bring out the depth of a location.

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The Canon C300 on an El Pollo Loco Spot
Mar28

The Canon C300 on an El Pollo Loco Spot

The current spot was for El Pollo Loco, and the concept was a very action oriented camera, with snap zooms and quick handheld push ins and pull outs. I thought the Canon C300 would be the perfect camera for this job, lightweight and maneuverable.

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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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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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What It’s Like to be a Hurlbut Visuals Intern (Introduction by Shane Hurlbut, ASC)
Dec03

What It’s Like to be a Hurlbut Visuals Intern (Introduction by Shane Hurlbut, ASC)

Meet the Cinematography Intern DREAM TEAM by Shane Hurlbut The Cinematography Internship Program was an educational labor of love for Hurlbut Visuals for the 2010-2011 year. It has been our way of educating and inspiring young filmmakers. The goal was to create a variety of hands on immersive experiences: shooting, lighting, theory, and storytelling, Let’s meet The Dream Team! Julien Lasseur French, sophisticated, creative, incredible...

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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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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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Frieder Hochheim Hurlblog Interview Part 1 – The Growth and Innovation of Kino Flo
Jul06

Frieder Hochheim Hurlblog Interview Part 1 – The Growth and Innovation of Kino Flo

My dear friend Frieder Hochheim goes into the history of his innovative, forward thinking, Eco-friendly company that started renting out of a small van in the 80’s and now is the industry leader in everything that is soft, controllable fluorescent technology. Frieder and the future: Their new LED technology will blow you away. I had the privilege to check it out in his studio and one word describes the light. WOW!!!! There is...

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Final Days of Deadfall: Giving the Stag Horn Saloon Life, Texture, and Color: KINO FLO
Apr22

Final Days of Deadfall: Giving the Stag Horn Saloon Life, Texture, and Color: KINO FLO

It is so sad saying goodbye to Montreal. I love this amazing city. The crew was the [...]

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Designing the Visual Landscape of Deadfall
Mar10

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 [...]

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Lighting Series Number 4:  "Into the Blue" Sunset for Hours
Feb15

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.

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Lighting Series Number 4: Extending Dawn on the Practice Field in “DrumLine”
Jan04

Lighting Series Number 4: Extending Dawn on the Practice Field in “DrumLine”

My phone rang on an evening in the late summer of 2000 while I was directing a Children’s Hospital commercial in Kansas City. It was Tim Bourne, a Hollywood Line Producer. He asked me if I had read the script he sent me a week ago.

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Lighting Series Number 3: The Natural Look of Crazy/Beautiful
Dec11

Lighting Series Number 3: The Natural Look of Crazy/Beautiful

My next picture was with a director named John Stockwell. After signing onto this project I came to realize that John’s style and sensibility would change me forever as a cinematographer. We both felt this needed a fresh look: something that was…

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Lighting Series Number 2:  Going Inside the Hallowed Walls of a Secret Society on "The Skulls"
Nov23

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.

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Lighting: An inside look into "The Rat Pack"
Nov05

Lighting: An inside look into "The Rat Pack"

21 months ago I never could have predicted the direction of my life. With the invention of the 5D camera, I started to understand that creating the look of “digital film” took an of the box thought process and my collective experience as a cinematographer. I did not anticipate how much I would enjoy sharing and giving back through teaching because…

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The Making of The Carnival Sequence from “The Last 3 Minutes”
Jun01

The Making of The Carnival Sequence from “The Last 3 Minutes”

Episode III “Carnival” was on Day two of our four day shooting schedule. This day was a very ambitious one because we had four company moves. We started at the ranch house location, moved to meadow location, then on to the main street location for the street fight.

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