Arri Alexa vs C500

Arri Alexa vs. Canon C500 Part 2

This week we take you through Canon C500 and Arri Alexa tests of IR Filtration, Interior Latitude, Night ISO, and Night Driving.

Arri Alexa vs. Canon C500

Arri Alexa vs. Canon C500

Here is the first of a three part series on the Arri Alexa vs. the Canon C500 in camera tests for Need for Speed.

Shane Hurlbut, ASC

HDSLR Workflow and Etiquette

This is the workflow and etiquette that is tried and tested and that I use on all of my commercials, features and music videos.

Need for Speed test with Bandito Brothers

The New Hurlblog Look

Welcome to the redesigned Hurlblog. It is our passion to create original content and educate filmmakers globally, with innovative and practical filmmaking knowledge.


Blackmagic Cinema Camera Tests

With the price decrease on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, new functions, firmware upgrades and the anticipated delivery of the Pocket Cam, I thought it would be perfect timing to...

Celeb 200 in action on the set of the Ticket

Shane Hurlbut’s Go To Lighting Package

Many of you requested information on the go to lighting package. Having a package that can do many types of lighting is the secret. Lights that can multi-task are...

The Movi arrives on Need for Speed

Where in the world is Shane?

We have a few days off from shooting, so here is a poll. Filming on Need for Speed moves to what location this week?

Canon 1DC

Canon 1D C Internal 4K Workflow

Many people have asked about how I am processing these huge files from the Canon 1D C and its powerful 4K in camera capture. Here is how we roll...

Dark Energy

Dark Energy for After Effects

Lance Maurer and his team at Cinnafilm developed the Dark Energy Suite, a revolutionary texture management system. This is how I was able to seamlessly cut film and the...

Shooting Need for Speed

HurlBlog Reader Survey

Please complete this brief survey and you will be entered in a drawing to win a one hour call with both Shane Hurlbut and Lydia Hurlbut. Ends May 10.

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Blackmagic Camera Post Workflow

We look at some workflow options for getting both the CinemaDNG and ProRes files out of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and into the NLE of your choice.

1st AC Andrew Laboy pulling focus

Inovativ Carts on a Game of Thrones Promo

Recently, I shot a promo for HBO’s enthralling television series "Game of Thrones" and had the opportunity to put the Inovativ Echo cart through its paces in a real...

The Music Bed app

The Musicbed App for iPad and iPhone

The Music Bed has just released a cool little iOS app and it is a fantastic way to research what music you want for your project while you are...

Lighting The Ticket

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...

RCR Open House

Educational Event for Filmmakers in LA

I'll be speaking Saturday, February 23 at 1:00pm in San Fernando with insider information on getting the best out of the new 4K Canon arsenal, Canon 1DC tests, post...

Wes Phillips - SmallHD

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...

Smart Business for Cinema

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...

Testing your camera outside the studio

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,...

Writing The Ticket

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...

Camera set-up for tests

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.

The Ticket

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...

Shane Hurlbut

Hurlbut’s Visuals Podcast

The NeedCreative Podcast is an online radio show that covers topics related to creativity. I had the privilege of being the guest of co-hosts Paul Antico and Jason Sidelinger...

Need for Speed test with Bandito Brothers

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...

Model with charts

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...

Shane Hurlbut

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...


Why a ShoulderCam Should Be Heavy

Operating with some girth on your shoulders gives you control. Having a shoulder cam rig that fits and conforms to your body is paramount.

Collaborative Workflow Event in LA

Collaborative Workflow Event in LA

When Neil Smith, the founder and owner of Hollywood DI, asked us to participate in their Open House event on October 20th in West Hollywood, we were happy to...

Cineped with Canon C300

The Cineped: Full 360° Rotatable Slider

As a cinematographer, movement is an integral part of conveying your creative vision and the storytelling process. Whether subtle or dramatic, it’s another tool in your box of creative...

The KNOW Tour by StillMotion

The KNOW Tour by StillMotion

In the winter of 2012, I had the amazing opportunity to teach side by side with a gifted storyteller. Patrick Moreau and I were both speaking for Canon, educating...

Smashing Pumpkins music video

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...

The Warrior Wedding Project

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...

El Pollo Loco

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...

Social Media

Social Media for Filmmakers

“Find us on Facebook.” “Follow me on Twitter.” We see social media everywhere these days and rightly so. Tools like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+ and more can...


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...

Nestor Serrano and Roselyn Sánchez in Act of Valor

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...

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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...


Digital Camera Comparison Chart

I found this Digital Camera Comparison chart over at Fletcher Camera & Lenses, and it's handy for comparing all the different digital cinema cameras available now. Camera choice in...


Top 10 Hurlblog Posts of 2011

We had a great 2011 and 2012 is already delivering exciting projects. “Act of Valor” directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy will be in over

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