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HDSLR Cinematographer Starter Kit
Jul31

HDSLR Cinematographer Starter Kit

Shane Hurlbut, ASC discusses what you need to work on the HDSLR platform.

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Podcast on Selecting Cameras for Need for Speed
Apr30

Podcast on Selecting Cameras for Need for Speed

The approach to selecting cameras for Need for Speed. It’s about each camera’s unique abilities and how to use those abilities to your advantage.

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Turning the Blackmagic Cinema Camera into a Movie Making Machine
Feb22

Turning the Blackmagic Cinema Camera into a Movie Making Machine

Blackmagic graciously supplied a camera for testing. We pushed and pulled this baby to see when it would break as well as where it excelled.

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Using Color Temp to Create Depth and Dimension with your HD Video
Feb13

Using Color Temp to Create Depth and Dimension with your HD Video

Lighting so that you can tell your stories with realism and accurate color temp.

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Digital Cinematography vs Film: Tides are Turning
Feb06

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.

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Canon 1DC Camera Tests Outside the Studio
Jan23

Canon 1DC Camera Tests Outside the Studio

How important it is to take your camera tests out of the studio and on to location. You want to see how your camera’s emulsion handles highlights, hot skies, night exteriors and night interiors.

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Testing Your Camera’s Latitude
Jan09

Testing Your Camera’s Latitude

How to test your camera’s latitude. This is one of the most important tests that you can perform because over exposing is a very subjective and personal artistic choice.

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Testing Your Camera’s Emulsion
Dec13

Testing Your Camera’s Emulsion

I treat each new digital camera that comes out as a new film emulsion, one that needs to be tested before I can use it to help tell my stories. The first step is to find the sensitivity of the sensor.

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Many Camera Formats Strike in Waiting for Lightning
Dec06

Many Camera Formats Strike in Waiting for Lightning

Waiting for Lightning, a documentary about pro skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, began production in 2008. Over the course of those four years, the documentary would embrace the modern evolution of camera systems to complete the project.

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December Tour of Asia with Canon
Dec04

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.

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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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Canon 1DC Camera Tests from “The Ticket”
Sep06

Canon 1DC Camera Tests from “The Ticket”

It has been a whirlwind since NAB, with all of the new emerging 4K technology and where this fits into the filmmaking process. Here are our tests with the Canon 1DC 4K DSLR camera.

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Giving Back: The Warrior Wedding Project
Aug08

Giving Back: The Warrior Wedding Project

For the last two and a half months, I have been working with the amazing director Gil Cope on an incredible commercial campaign. Learn about giving back with the Warrior Wedding Project.

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Canon 5D MK II – Challenges and Solutions
Jul27

Canon 5D MK II – Challenges and Solutions

Shane addresses the challenges of the HDSLR platform and helps find solutions to rolling shutter, moire and overheating.

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Mixing Formats: Arri Alexa, Canon 5D and C300 on a New Mexico DOT Spot
Jul20

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.

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Know Your Camera: Canon 5D MK II – Turning Your Still Camera Into a Movie Making Machine
Jul05

Know Your Camera: Canon 5D MK II – Turning Your Still Camera Into a Movie Making Machine

Last year, we made a series of six educational videos with B&H to cover everything from the settings we use on the Canon 5D Mark II to the kind of lenses and equipment I recommend.

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It’s Hard to Stop a Trane: Shooting Action Sequences
Jun01

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.

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Looking Inside the Canon1DC DSLR 4K Capture Project “The Ticket”
Apr20

Looking Inside the Canon1DC DSLR 4K Capture Project “The Ticket”

We have had an outpouring of positive feedback on Po Chan’s film “The Ticket.” Everyone at Hurlbut Visuals wanted to give you an inside look at how we used the power of this incredibly flexible, lightweight, DSLR platform, the A camera system that is the 1DC. It gives any filmmaker the ability to dream.

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The Next Gen in Digital Film Capture: Canon’s 4K 1DC
Apr16

The Next Gen in Digital Film Capture: Canon’s 4K 1DC

When Canon approached me to test and shoot a short film for their new 1DC 4K DSLR, I was more than excited. After the first night of testing, one word came to mind. WOW!!!

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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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