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Hurlbut Camera Tests Alexa c500Although most digital productions these days are shot on the ALEXA or the EPIC, Director of Photography Shane Hurlbut’s most recent project, Need For Speed, featured an against-the-grain camera choice of Canon’s C500. In a recent series of blog posts, Hurlbut provided his readers with an extensive amount of information about how he and his team chose the C500 over the multitude of digital cinema cameras on the market today. Here’s a roundup of his first set of camera tests, featuring the ARRI ALEXA and the Canon C500. More »

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kino flo fluorescent soft light lighting Frieder Hochheim Shane Hurlbut ASC hurlblog visuals interview documentary filmmakingThere are several exciting new lighting revolutions in development these days, namely LED and plasma fixtures. The first such high-output/low-footprint alternative lighting technology — all but perfected for the performance needed in high-end film production — came about twenty-five years ago, with the advent of Kino Flo Lighting Systems. Kino Flo isn’t the only manufacturer pushing alternative lighting solutions with filmmaking in mind, but its name is still nearly synonymous with the technology it helped revolutionize. Check out an excellent interview below from Shane Hurlbut, ASC, with Kino Flo founder and president Frieder Hochheim to hear about how it all began and about how the company plans on lending its namesake to some of those new revolutions in lighting, too. More »

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Shane Hurlbut should be no stranger to nofilmschool readers. He’s one of a few cinematographers working at the highest level of the industry who consistently takes the time to share his experiences and his cinematography expertise on his awesome blog. Whether he’s talking about how to create a soft and beautiful book light, or the fundamentals of telling a story through composition, Shane is always filling the interwebs with his vast cinematography knowledge. Recently, he sat down with Paul Antico of Anticipate Media for their weekly podcast. Needless to say, Shane and Paul’s conversation is absolutely fantastic, and the pair touch on many of the key topics relevant to cinematography in the modern age. More »

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It’s been said time and time again, and it’s worth saying again — Shane Hurlbut (and his blog at Hurlbut Visuals) is a strong resource and great friend to the DIY and independent filmmaking communities. This really can’t be overstated, because Shane provides everything from custom lighting-kit tutorials to explanations of various shot-types and composition styles — all important functional knowledge for those of us tasked with the creation of motion imagery. Now, once again, Shane provides us with a walkthrough of great magnitude, this time in implementing a book light to accentuate a “beauty shot.” Read on for the run-down. More »

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Composition is a subtle art of filmmaking that can have a powerful influence on the films we create. It often goes unnoticed by casual moviegoers, but the effect it can have on viewers when executed properly cannot be understated. Shane Hurlbut has been featured a number of times on NoFilmSchool, he’s an ASC Director of Photography working at the highest level (We Are Marshall, Terminator Salvation), and he’s also recently offered his perspective on his favorite, well, camera perspectives. More »

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Shane Hurlbut –that never-ending font of cinematography knowledge– has another great DIY solution on offer. This time he tackles the simulation of fire light. In the past, Hurlbut had used various approaches to creating fire-like lighting, but none gave him the realism that he wanted to achieve. So for The Greatest Game Ever Played he dreamt up a better way: The Medusa. More »

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It looks like some of the first footage has hit the web from the Canon 1D C (outside of Shane Hurlbut’s short film), and the results are interesting. This is footage from the pre-production camera, so just like the first footage from the Blackmagic Camera, there is a lot more to come from the final firmware. I’ve taken stills from the original file and have done some color correction below. Thanks to the log profile, the 8-bit 4:2:2 MJPEG holds up a lot better than I would have thought and retains a tremendous amount of information. But what about sharpness at 1:1? More »

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I’ve heard a lot of stories about different materials being used for lens diffusion (including petroleum jelly, better known as Vaseline, being smeared on the lens), but never one this ingenious and cheap — and it actually seems to work very well. Shane Hurlbut is incredibly forthcoming with his experiences and advice, and this time he’s talking about a particular way of diffusing a lens that uses women’s stockings over the rear element. This softens the image just a bit, but mainly it gives a dreamy glow to the highlights and blown out areas of the image. He’s done a video showing the before and after with some Arri Master Primes and a Canon C300, but this effect will work on literally any removable lens camera system, from DSLRs to RED Epics. More »

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Say what you will about Shane Hurlbut, but there aren’t too many professional Directors of Photography who take the time out of their crazy schedules to try to give back to the community. Shane’s most recent work that we’ve covered here was the Canon-sponsored film “The Ticket,” shot in 4K on the Canon 1D C. While I saw that film at NAB (and wasn’t too crazy about the quality of the footage coming out of that camera), it doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s a professional DP who knows a thing or two about lighting. In his newest blog post, he gives a good run-down on how to use smoke to achieve different lighting goals. More »

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No video updates at the moment, as my entire night was spent at the Eleventh Annual Las Vegas Supermeet, a meeting of the Creative Pro User Group Network, which is a gathering of editors and like-minded post people. Unfortunately the event was plagued by projection and sound problems (the in-house staff are the only people who can touch that stuff). It’s ironic that this happened to a room full of nerds who understand the issues and could have fixed it pretty easily! Regardless we got to see a bit of Adobe CS6, the new Smoke, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Shane Hurlbut talked about the Canon 1DC, and we got a wonderfully hilarious talk from Morgan Spurlock, who went into detail about his career. More »

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Canon had its big NAB screening on Sunday night, showing off both its 4K DSLR, the EOS 1D-C, and the C500.  As part of the presentation they screened “The Ticket”, a short film written/directed by Po Chan, lensed by Shane Hurlbut, and shot on the EOS 1D-C.  Filmed and displayed in 4K, Hurlbut showed just what the camera can do, and now we too can see what it looks like by way of his blog (albeit through the limitations of Vimeo).  Hurlbut goes on to share some interesting behind the scenes tidbits, and praise that might just entice you into giving this camera a whirl: More »

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Comparisons are fun, even more when they’re for expensive cameras. As I’ve said before, we try to look at all sorts of different topics from around the film industry, and we are not just going to look at DIY options like the hacked GH2. Shane Hurlbut, who runs a fantastic and informative blog himself, was recently shooting a promo for HBO’s Game of Thrones. He decided to shoot the Canon C300 alongside the Arri Alexa for the promo. Shane came up with some interesting results. More »

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When I first published my DSLR guide, one of my favorite moments was finding the link posted to a forum, followed by a grizzled veteran’s comment to the extent of, “I will not answer anyone’s question here unless they go read this guide first.” This was exactly what I wanted the guide to be — a FAQ that would help others get started. Despite weighing in at a hundred-something pages, however, my own guide is far from comprehensive, and in the year since publishing it, a number of other training resources have sprung up (which is not to say that mine was the first). After creating their own HDSLR guide, B&H Photo is now launching an HDSLR training series in conjunction with DP Shane Hurlbut. More »

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DP Shane Hurlbut is a treasure trove of useful information about HDSLRs, as few Hollywood DPs have embraced the DSLR revolution with as much fervor (or online presence) as Shane. He will be presenting a free webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 12 p.m. EST (9 a.m. PST) — yes, it’s short notice, but the workshop may be archived; if it is, I will update this post with the link to the video is here. Here’s Shane talking about his work with The Bandito Brothers on Act of Valor: More »

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DP Shane Hurlbut is at the forefront of using prosumer HDSLRs in high-end productions. His background isn’t in still photography, but rather shooting 35mm Hollywood blockbusters like Terminator Salvation and Into the Blue. As such, he’s perhaps more qualified than anyone when it comes to using DSLRs as part of a traditional movie workflow. Here’s an excerpt from Shane’s HDSLR Bootcamp: More »

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Regardless of whether you think Po Chang’s The Last 3 Minutes is a rip-off of Chris Milk’s Last Day Dream, the DP of the former film, Shane Hurlbut, has posted a series of very interesting behind-the-scenes videos from the making of the short. Despite the use of low-cost DSLRs, the video had a sizable budget, apparent in the amount of equipment and size of the crew employed on the shoot. Shane’s done a very helpful voiceover, illustrating several clever shooting and lighting techniques: More »