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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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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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Smart Business for Cinema Podcast
Jan29

Smart Business for Cinema Podcast

Last week as CEO and co-founder of Hurlbut Visuals, I joined Carl Olson, Chris Fenwick and Mitch Aunger on the Digital Convergence Podcast. We had a wonderful conversation about business, marketing, branding, education and building a team in the world of filmmaking.

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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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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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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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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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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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The New Dark Room for the Digital Age
Oct18

The New Dark Room for the Digital Age

Imagine a world where the loader returns to the darkroom to process footage. The Codex Vault is just that.

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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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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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HP Elitebook 8770w Mobile Workstation: Reshaping Our Workflow
Jun27

HP Elitebook 8770w Mobile Workstation: Reshaping Our Workflow

The Elite Team and I have been using the HP Elitebook 8770w Mobile Workstation, and it has allowed us to reshape and slim down our workflow.

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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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“Act of Valor” Workflow and Post Production
May18

“Act of Valor” Workflow and Post Production

My name is Mike McCarthy, and as the production engineer for Act of Valor, I worked with Shane and his team in developing solutions to the obstacles presented by early DSLR filmmaking, both on set and in post.

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“Those Kisses” Music on “The Ticket”
May08

“Those Kisses” Music on “The Ticket”

The running scene in “The Ticket” that uses my song “Those Kisses” reminds me why I got into the business of making music for films.

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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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