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


The Story is What Matters

This year, I had the privilege of experiencing NAB from Montreal while shooting my latest feature "KIN."


Editing Shane by Vashi Nedomansky

The first time I met Shane was at Bandito Brothers last year, when he asked me to edit "The Last 3 Minutes." I had worked for the Banditos as...

Me (with Marc Margulies pulling focus) at the AAA shoot that we were in the middle of when we took a break to go tech scout Yokohama.

Prepping Deadfall

One week ago I was slated to do two amazing car commercials for the Bandito Brothers, one for Yokohama and the other for Hot Wheels. The spots both had...


Jose M. De Los Angeles, Superstar Intern

Once in a while in life, you meet someone who impresses you beyond your greatest expectations! We had that experience recently and wanted to share it with you.


The New HurlBlog

  Hurlbut Visuals Mission Statement Hurlbut Visuals was created by Lydia and Shane Hurlbut, ASC to educate and inspire one filmmaker at a time. It began as a way...



To give back to a community that has been gracious, creative, generous, inventive, inspiring and passionate, we have created a new look for the HurlBlog to help fuel this...


In Praise of Dissent: Adobe CS5 Paves The Way

Dissent: Voicing opinions that conflict with those that are commonly accepted or officially espoused. When my Elite Team and I started blazing this trail, we had already become dissenters. We...


Camera Checklist for HDSLRs

Here is a little instructional video from our Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR Bootcamp. A huge thanks to editor Chris Fenwick (Slice Editorial) for taking the time to cut this footage! I...


The First Annual Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR Bootcamp

Wow! What an amazing weekend. I am completely exhausted and that takes a lot! Our Bootcamp participants for this two-day intensive came from around the globe including: South America,...


Altering Lenses For Peak Performance

I have had many discussions about the different lens options other than Zeiss ZE’s and Canon’s that mount to the Canon cameras. Zeiss took it to the next...


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...


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...

Canon 1DC

Responsible Filmmaking

When I stumbled onto this HDSLR technology, I realized within minutes of using the technology that it was a “game changer” and the rulebook had to be thrown out...


Camera Stabilization

I walked into Samy’s Camera last week and a camera assistant was mounting gyros on the 5D to stabilize the camera. She was getting beaten up by the...


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...


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...


HurlBlog Sound Guru: Gene Martin

We are so excited to feature our first guest blogger Gene Martin on the HurlBlog. Whenever I am asked about a specialty such as sound, specifically sound with the...


Picture Style: How Do You Choose?

I am frequently asked about picture style. There are so many internet sites making RAW picture styles, Flat picture styles, Panavision Genesis Picture Styles and all the picture...


Tim’s Visit To Bandito Brothers

Tim was the second place winner for our “Where’s the 5D” online contest. He came to Bandito Brothers this week to meet me for lunch. It was an amazing...


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...


Meeting With Students At Emerson College

What a fun time it was last week at Emerson College! Professor Bosmajian's advanced cinematography class was fantastic! I showed footage from the undercover Navy SEAL movie to have...



WOW, ALL OF YOU ROCK !!!!!! Thank you so much. We had so many hits on Hurlbut Visuals with the 1080HD being viewed and downloaded that the server...


Where’s the 5D?

Remember reading Where's Waldo when you were a kid? We had so much fun playing a similar game to test your vision and your response was overwhelming! Thank-you for...


"A Dark Fairy Tale"

At Hurlbut Visuals, two of our core values are commitment and collaboration. We are helping to spread the word about director Joshua Sallach's latest movie, an untitled "Dark Fairy...


The Canon 5D Mark II vs. Extreme Heat

The Untitled Navy SEAL movie has taken me to some of the most extreme working conditions that I have ever experienced in my career as a Director of Photography....


Camera Configurations: Your Best Ally

Speed and production value are intertwined. Production budgets are shrinking and companies are asking for more from cinematographers and crews that ever. One way to meet that need is...


Nikon Lenses: Sharp and Soft

I love lenses and examining the subtle differences with each one so I am confident in the resulting image. Nikon lenses are sharp with a little softer contrast than the...

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