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How Do I Create Ideas for Feature Films?
Feb11

How Do I Create Ideas for Feature Films?

How do I create? … Like a 5 year old. Try new things. Be selective. You have to follow your heart and believe in your ability and the longevity of your career.

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Sony PROduction Awards 2014
Jan31

Sony PROduction Awards 2014

I’m really pleased to be a judge for the 2014 Sony PROduction Awards.

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Hurl World Podcast
Dec23

Hurl World Podcast

This podcast covers how we put you in the driver’s seat at 180mph on Need for Speed, plus more on my experience and career.

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7 Books That Will Enhance Your Creativity As a Cinematographer
Dec04

7 Books That Will Enhance Your Creativity As a Cinematographer

These seven books take you on my creative inspirational journey. The written word was added to my tool box and this is when my creativity expanded exponentially.

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The Responsibility of Being a Filmmaker
Sep25

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.

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DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video Cameras
Aug02

DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video Cameras

This week’s post will focus on the subject of DSLR cinema and a fantastic resource known by the same name – DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video Cameras.

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How Lenses Assist Storytelling: Part Three
Jun20

How Lenses Assist Storytelling: Part Three

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

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How Lenses Assist Storytelling: Part Two
Jun12

How Lenses Assist Storytelling: Part Two

How using different focal lengths can help assist character development in new ways. It is the cinematographer’s job to assist in the character arc process.

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How Lenses Assist in Storytelling
May29

How Lenses Assist in Storytelling

The lens’ traits can help tell your story. The look and feel of lenses, their characteristics of color and contrast rendition, are all relevant factors.

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Camera Motion for Filmmakers
Apr24

Camera Motion for Filmmakers

The Why, The Where and The When to Move the Camera: Using a Dolly on Mr. 3000

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Hurlbut Returns Podcast
Mar14

Hurlbut Returns Podcast

I joined the NeedCreative Podcast again this week. We talked about the art and science of cinematography and then did a mini-workshop. I go into story scenarios and how I would light and lens them.

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The Power of a Short and Sweet Demo Reel
Mar06

The Power of a Short and Sweet Demo Reel

Demo reel scrutiny. You want to show everything, but short and sweet is simply the best advice I can give you.

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American Cinematographer Podcast on Shooting Deadfall
Jan15

American Cinematographer Podcast on Shooting Deadfall

American Cinematographer recently produced a podcast about shooting Deadfall — “going inside the visual landscape of a suspense filled winter wonderland.”

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Hurlbut’s Visuals Podcast
Dec20

Hurlbut’s Visuals Podcast

The NeedCreative Podcast is an online radio show that covers topics related to creativity. I had the privilege of being the guest of co-hosts Paul Antico and Jason Sidelinger from Anticipate Media to discuss my history and experiences in the film industry.

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Creating a Beauty Light with a Book Light
Nov15

Creating a Beauty Light with a Book Light

My Book Light tutorial on how to build it and why it is so useful. Plus, how I got started in this business.

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Cinematography Education: Upcoming Events in NYC and Austin
Nov07

Cinematography Education: Upcoming Events in NYC and Austin

As cinematographers, our storytelling camera tools change on a monthly basis, and trying to keep up with all of this is a daunting task. However, the two core tools of storytelling that never change are light and composition.

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Educational Resource Books for Cinematography
Oct11

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.

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The Importance of Camera Tests
Sep20

The Importance of Camera Tests

We have so many new digital tools at our disposal that you cannot just pick them up and start shooting with them. Treat your new digital camera like a new film emulsion that needs testing.

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Storytelling Through Composition Part 2
Aug29

Storytelling Through Composition Part 2

I wanted to thank you all for the huge response on part one of Storytelling Through Composition. Now we move into the tighter side of framing.

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Storytelling through Composition
Aug24

Storytelling through Composition

Many of you have expressed an interest in composition: what makes a good frame or a bad one. There are a few classic frames that I customize to give them flare. I think this will help all of you find your compositional voice.

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