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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 experience for both of us! Tim is very bright with a vast knowledge of still photography. The day started out with Tim meeting Scotty Waugh, one…
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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 Seal Movie to gain an understanding of HD image capture in a small footprint work-flow system.
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Navy Swimmer: Mountain Rescue & Sea Rescue Sequences

Here is the breakdown for the Mountain Rescue portion of Navy Swimmer. - 1-camera in deep water housing which captures underwater and split level shots. - 1-camera mounted on the Navy Swimmers helmet to capture him exiting the helicopter and being lowered down in between the rocks...
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Navy Swimmer: Pool Training Sequence With Real Time Workflow

The Bandito Brothers Production Company has a very unique work flow. I have adopted the Bandito Brothers “Real Time” shooting module and combined it with "traditional" filming. Here is how we made it work for the Navy Swimmer commercial. Imagine prepping, shot listing and then...
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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 the students take each shot apart to analyze both the lighting and photography.
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“Where’s The 5D” Winner Josh’s Visit To The Set

Josh came down to San Diego on Wednesday to join the me and the Elite Team for a 5am call. He stayed at the Indigo Hotel with us (my treat) the night before because I didn't want him to have to drive all night for such an early shoot.
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What Do You Think Film Students Need To Know?

Technology has exploded since I graduated from Emerson in 1986. I am thrilled to go back to Boston on November 12, and share my passion for Canon 5D Mark II as a game changing tool for student filmmakers. It is an affordable...
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We Have A Winner To Our “Where’s the 5D” Contest

The "Where's the 5D" contest was so close that the winner Josh beat our runner up Tim by a single shot. Josh will claim his prize this Wednesday when he visits me on the set for the day. We decided to add a runner up prize...
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What Happens When You Mix A BMW M3, A Beautiful Woman and HDSLR Cameras?

This exciting spot was directed by Mike McCoy of Bandito Brothers and the majority of it was shot in 3 nights! Even though Mouse (as he is affectionately known) is very talented, he had the help of an amazing team to make him shine.
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WOW, ALL OF YOU ROCK!

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 crashed at about 4:00am PST. You slayed the server, burnt the processor. FEEL GREAT ABOUT THAT.
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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 taking the time to play and making it so hard to choose a winner!
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“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 Tale" project with Narrow Road Productions.
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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. We traveled to the following locations: the jungles of Costa Rica, the swamps of Mississippi...
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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 by increasing your speed without sacrificing quality. Specifically, when using Canon 5D Mark II camera for a project...
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Find The Time To Boost Your Creativity

I remember being creative from the time that I was little. Perhaps it was from growing up in the middle of nowhere on a farm in central New York and the fact that I was an only child. I had to create my own fun.
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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 Zeiss lenses. The older A lenses are nice because they have a wider
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Panavision Primo Primes: Cinema Quality Imagery

Panavision Primo Primes are the ultimate lenses. They produce cinema film quality imagery that will blow you away. The contrast range is perfect because you have all of the highlight detail, as well as wonderful gradation into the shadows.
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Zeiss Lenses: Sharp and Snappy

Lenses are one of the most critical choices when you are mounting the Canon 5D Mark II to a lens. Do not treat this camera like it is a film body. Remember to mount the camera to the lens, not the opposite.
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Canon Lenses Create Beautiful Skin Tones

When choosing a lens for the Canon 5D Mark II camera you have to consider the look and feel that you are trying to create for the final visual product. My team and I have tested and played with these lenses quite a bit and here is...
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The Canon 5D Mark II Battles The Elements

Shooting in Puerto Rico has tested the Canon 5D Mark II with intense humidity and rain. Yet, every time the camera has delivered. We shot running footage of motorcycles speeding down roads, splitting traffic, and near misses by literally gaffer taping the Canon 5D to the motorcycle.
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Small Size, Big Value: The Canon 5D Mark II As A MovieMaker

The Canon 5D Mark II is approximately 2.5 pounds with a still lens, 4.5" high 3" deep and 6" long. Wow! It is nimble and inexpensive so you can have multiple camera bodies working in different configurations simultaneously. Not being stuck with a traditional shoulder mount allows you to create a new visual language.
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Canon 5D Mark II Helmet Camera – The Picture of Versatility

I designed a helmet mount for the Canon 5D Mark II with Gary Hatfied, Dan Owens from Panavision to capture the first person point of view action in a new way. The camera is extremely versatile with...