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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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Helmet Cams: Visceral, Intimate, and Emotional Connection with Your 5D
Nov12

Helmet Cams: Visceral, Intimate, and Emotional Connection with Your 5D

The first job that I ever shot with the Canon 5D was as Director and DP on a webisode series that Director of “Terminator Salvation” McG asked me to do. We produced these webisodes as part of the “Terminator Salvation” marketing campaign to be used…

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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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When a Small Move Makes All the Difference: Kessler Crane’s CineSlider
Sep17

When a Small Move Makes All the Difference: Kessler Crane’s CineSlider

When I started the 5 week Marine’s commercial two months ago, I knew we would be in wide open spaces as well as tight quarters on the Amphibious Assault Destroyer. The project required gear that was versatile, so I turned to Kessler Crane’s CineSlider. NAB was where I…

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A Call-out to all Filmmaker Co-collaborators in Mexico
Sep03

A Call-out to all Filmmaker Co-collaborators in Mexico

Wow, what a ride this last 18 months has been! I find myself at the fore front of a technology that I know in my heart will change the way we EVENTUALLY make movies in Hollywood, but what is so exciting is that this is not a Hollywood story.

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Canon 5D MK II & The Video Village Challenge
Aug11

Canon 5D MK II & The Video Village Challenge

At first glance with the Canon 5D you notice one thing, the minute you plug a mini HDMI cable or a 1/8” mini plug into the outputs on the camera, your LCD screen disappears. It is like a sick magic trick that for some reason, not one person can figure out.

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The Canon 5D in Big Sky Country with the MARINES
Aug04

The Canon 5D in Big Sky Country with the MARINES

I am on the road again directing for Bandito Brothers www.banditobrothers.com/ and loving it. As a filmmaker, I am taking advantage of this inspiring, creative tool (a 5D camera) while stretching the budget. Our goal is to show the influence of the Marines around the globe while…

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Color Grading the 5D MKII for Case Combines
Jul16

Color Grading the 5D MKII for Case Combines

There have been so many great comments on the BTS of the Case Tractor commercial that I wanted to share the 30 second spot with you. I am always comparing the 5D to Reversal Film Stock because you have to get it close in camera.

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A Hybrid Shoot In America’s Heartland for Case Tractor
Jun14

A Hybrid Shoot In America’s Heartland for Case Tractor

Three weeks ago I was selected as the director for a national commercial campaign for Case Tractors. It would be my first solo directing gig after signing with the Bandito Brothers one month ago. In the commercial world, an advertising agency is hired by the client, which…

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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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The Making of The Vietnam Sequence From “The Last 3 Minutes”
May17

The Making of The Vietnam Sequence From “The Last 3 Minutes”

We are going to give you a special treat on this blog. When I travel around the world, many people come up and ask me about the one shot helicopter crash in Terminator:Salvation. So I thought this was a fitting place to talk about all in one shot sequences…

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The Making of The Janitor Sequence From “The Last 3 Minutes”
May04

The Making of The Janitor Sequence From “The Last 3 Minutes”

When Canon and Hurlbut Visuals teamed up on this joint venture, we wanted to put together a trilogy of Behind the Scenes videos where I narrated about what goes on inside my head as a cinematographer. We also wanted to show that even though there is a planning process…

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The Making of “The Last 3 Minutes”
Apr16

The Making of “The Last 3 Minutes”

When Shane told me he wanted to shoot behind the scenes footage of “The Last 3 Minutes” I was very excited as I had only used the 5D MKII for narrative work. I knew that using the 5D for run and gun style documentary work might be a challenge and loved the idea of diving in head first.

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"The Last 3 Minutes" Canon 5D 24p Firmware Shines
Apr07

"The Last 3 Minutes" Canon 5D 24p Firmware Shines

As the pressure from commercial production companies and the ad agencies started to inquire about needing 24p and that they could not deal with the rendering time of all the twixtor files, the 7D started to rise as the premium capture. That is when the aha moment happened for me. I thought, why is everyone asking for second best when the Canon 5D is king.

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Color Correction: Put Your Best Foot Forward
Mar30

Color Correction: Put Your Best Foot Forward

My first experience with the 5D DI color correction was for the Terminator Webisodes produced by the Bandito Brothers through Wonderland Sound and Vision. McG asked me to be the Director/Cameraman for these alternative marketing shorts that were going on the Internet.

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Keeping It Small
Mar15

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.

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The Power of Focus
Feb12

The Power of Focus

Focus is probably one of the biggest obstacles that the 5D encounters. So many of our colleagues have questions and wonder why it is absolutely essential to have a focus puller. They are the backbone of this amazing technology. Shooting with practical…

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Cinema Style Lenses
Feb03

Cinema Style Lenses

I am back on land and ready to tear it up. The January newsletter has been a big success and I thank you all for your comments and suggestions. This is a collaborative effort and we value your input.

I have been getting many comments from people…

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A Media Manager Has Your Back
Dec16

A Media Manager Has Your Back

In the world of HDSLR technology, media management is a very important position. Every Elite Team member has held this position at some point during the untitled Navy Seal Movie to gain an understanding of HD image capture in a small footprint work-flow system.

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