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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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Thoughts on Music for Filmmakers
Feb28

Thoughts on Music for Filmmakers

Po Chan and Lydia Hurlbut share their thoughts on the importance of music.

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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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Big Winners: The SmallHD Story
Jan31

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.

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Writing “The Ticket”
Jan17

Writing “The Ticket”

By Po Chan. Shane and I have always said that The Ticket is a love story between art and science. I think the true beauty of art, as well as the art of cinema, is the power to communicate with people on a subconscious emotional level.

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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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Editing “The Ticket”
Dec27

Editing “The Ticket”

By Dan Liu. As an editor, it is the best feeling knowing that you will have great material to work with. After talking with Po and Shane, I was very excited about working on The Ticket, as I knew it would have great material in spades.

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Win a Signed Act of Valor DVD
Dec18

Win a Signed Act of Valor DVD

Are you following me on Twitter? How about Facebook? In the spirit of the holidays, we have two Act of Valor dvds to give away. All you need to do to become eligible to win is to follow Hurlbut Visuals on Twitter or Facebook.

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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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Inspiration and Passion Create Innovation: The Big Story Behind SmallHD
Nov29

Inspiration and Passion Create Innovation: The Big Story Behind SmallHD

The trailer for the documentary that Hurlbut Visuals produced about this forward thinking company called SmallHD, founded by Wes Phillips and Dale Backus.

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Canon 5D Still a Workhorse for Micro-Budget and Multi-Camera Shoots
Nov20

Canon 5D Still a Workhorse for Micro-Budget and Multi-Camera Shoots

The Canon 5D Mark II opened the floodgates to new and creative filmmaking three years ago and is still going strong today. They remain a reliable workhorse for many cinematic options, particularly micro-budget, multi-camera shoots.

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How to Light for Specific Camera Blocking: Master to Close-Up
Nov01

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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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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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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