Helen Disconnected

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...

Thomas Popp

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.

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...


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...

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