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Independent Filmmaking – Helen Disconnected
Jul16

Independent Filmmaking – Helen Disconnected

Budget-minded filmmaking forces you to solve your problems within limitations. However, given the importance of the visuals to engage the audience in the story, we needed creative control over every aspect of the film’s aesthetic.

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Leadership: Paramount for Filmmakers
Apr23

Leadership: Paramount for Filmmakers

All of you have been so gracious with your comments about how much I help all of you and make a difference, or changed your life in some way. This is a huge responsibility that I take very seriously. I need to set a great example. I need to do my very best, and I need to illustrate for all of you what it means to be a good leader.

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Flipping The Traditional Documentary Model on Its Ear: Stillmotion #standwithme
Dec06

Flipping The Traditional Documentary Model on Its Ear: Stillmotion #standwithme

Patrick Moreau and the entire Stillmotion team have an amazing project that we would like to share with you. Their hope with #standwithme was to blur the lines of traditional documentary storytelling.

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DSLR Mic Test
Nov27

DSLR Mic Test

Understanding the characteristics of the microphones you own, and therefore knowing their strengths and limitations, is invaluable information used for achieving a great sound track for your production.

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Successful Communication Ideas and Techniques for Filmmakers
Oct21

Successful Communication Ideas and Techniques for Filmmakers

Effective communication is your trump card. It is a powerful tool for getting a job and building repeat business.

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The Drama Triangle & Difficult Personalities: How to Deal with Film Industry Quirkiness
Jul10

The Drama Triangle & Difficult Personalities: How to Deal with Film Industry Quirkiness

Big personalities, intense time pressure, and thousands of dollars riding on getting the shots to make your day. As a filmmaker, how do you deal with difficult personalities, especially if you are stuck with someone on a long feature?

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The Basics of Audio Equipment for Filmmakers
Mar27

The Basics of Audio Equipment for Filmmakers

In order to be a well-rounded audio engineer, it is crucial that you understand the tools available to you. Here I break down the audio equipment available and teach you their purpose, limitations, and some tips on learning how high quality audio is recorded.

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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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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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Po Chan’s vision for “The Ticket” discussed on the Digital Convergence Podcast
May03

Po Chan’s vision for “The Ticket” discussed on the Digital Convergence Podcast

In this special edition of the Digital Convergence Podcast, Chris Fenwick delves deep into the mind and vision of Po Chan – a remarkable visual story teller, artist, and director of both “The Last Three Minutes” and “The Ticket.”

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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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Crash Cam: Filmmaking Inside the Box
Mar15

Crash Cam: Filmmaking Inside the Box

Let’s look at how the crash cam world has changed because of the Canon 5D. It has replaced the eyemo that used to be a clapper of a 35 or 16mm with bad lenses. It could be blown up, bashed into, driven over, or you could even have a car land right on it.

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BTS on the Keith Urban "Act of Valor" Music Video
Mar09

BTS on the Keith Urban "Act of Valor" Music Video

When director Scott Waugh called me to shoot the video for the “Act Of Valor” credit crawl song “For You” by Keith Urban, I was excited to have the opportunity to get the whole Elite Team back together. It was equally exciting to hear Keith’s amazing song, which supported the story perfectly.

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Act of Valor In-Theater Q&A Session
Mar07

Act of Valor In-Theater Q&A Session

We were in LA on February 25th for a screening of Act of Valor, followed by a panel discussion organized by Barry Anderson. Our friends from planet5D filmed the event, and we are embedding that video below.

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Shooting Act of Valor Q & A
Mar05

Shooting Act of Valor Q & A

We’ve had a ton of questions via Twitter, Facebook and the hurlblog about shooting Act of Valor, so I thought I would share them in a Q&A format. Thanks so much to everyone for your support and kind words about the film!

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Act of Valor: Reinventing the Action Genre
Feb22

Act of Valor: Reinventing the Action Genre

When Scotty Waugh and Mike “Mouse” McCoy, the incredible directing team at Bandito Brothers, asked me to shoot Act of Valor, I was excited, especially after listening to their unique vision for the making of this movie. I was ALL IN. The idea of reinventing the action genre was our mantra. To be able to immerse an audience in a 3D experience that was shot 2D; to capture POVs that felt like you were in an intense first person shooter video game; to move a 2.5 lb camera in ways that you have never seen before. These were the ideas that started to swirl in my head after our initial meeting.

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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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One Day, 197 Set ups, 12 Shooters & 9 Navy SEALs to bring Jeep COD (Call of Duty) Ride Experience to Life
Oct20

One Day, 197 Set ups, 12 Shooters & 9 Navy SEALs to bring Jeep COD (Call of Duty) Ride Experience to Life

When I was a kid, I had a fascination with Halloween. Our son, Myles, has inherited this same [...]

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